Will Piebald Doe Have More Piebalds?

Question: I have a piebald whitetail doe in my area. When she mates, will she have piebald fawns? I have talked some hunters, but no one seems to know for sure. What do you think her chances are of having more spotted deer?

Answer: Genes are funny things and they can recombine during conception to form either normal looking fawns or piebald fawns. It all depends on the buck and his gene composition. However, since the doe is piebald, my guess is that there is about 25% chance her fawns will be piebald right out of the gate.

If the whitetail buck carries piebald genes (even if he’s not piebald in color) then the odds go way up. Looks like you are just going to have to wait and see! Let me know what happens.

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