The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:




TimberKing Sawmills




Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools



Forest Products Industry Insurance


Norwood Industries Inc.


Sawmill & Woodlot Magazine



Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money!

STIHLDealers.com sponsored by Northeast STIHL


Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades


Turbosawmill

Sawmill Exchange

BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

Woodshax Outdoor Vending Solutions

FARMA

Forestry Forum Tool Box

Author Topic: Albino Raccoon  (Read 943 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3559
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Albino Raccoon
« on: October 03, 2017, 09:17:54 pm »
   Decided I'd go bow hunt a ladder stand I put out last year. Its only 75-80 yards from one of my shooting houses so no need to hunt it during gun season but it is on a major crossing. First thing that happened when I got to the top of the ladder was I found I was sharing it with some type of tree frog. Pretty good sized tree so decided we could share. I sat and read and watched squirrels and piliated woodpeckers. A fox squirrel then a gray squirrel decided to climb up with me but beat a hasty retreat when they found me up there.

   Along about good sundown I heard the leaves rustling coming down the ridge above me and spotted some white in the bunch. As it got closer I found was a mother coon with 3 kits. The smallest kit was albino with white fur and pink eyes. He looked to be the runt of the litter and likely has had a rough go of it. They came straight down the ridge, followed a fallen tree and finally stopped under my stand. I guess the mother saw me taking pictures and turned around and took them back up in the direction they had come from. I don;t know if the little albino will survive the winter but I hope to see him again. You never know what to expect when you go sit in the woods - kind of like opening up and log on the sawmill.

   After the coons left right at hard dark 2 deer came out and went over to my feeder but was too dark for me to tell if big does or the 6 point and his buddy I saw Saturday 35 yards from my front porch.
 

 
My well camoflaged treestand buddy
 

 
A speck of white in the distance
 

 
Mom and siblings - Whitey is right behind mom
 

 
Looks like life can be tough when you are small and different
 

 
Everybody remember how to walk the log now.
 

 
Look mom - I'm doing it.
 

 
 

 
At one point I thought was a white kitten adopted by a raccoon family.
 

 
Edge of my tree stand on right - directly underneath me.
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Offline nativewolf

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 532
  • I'm new!
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2017, 09:23:30 pm »
That is pretty darn cool.  Hope it lives through the winter

Offline newoodguy78

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 328
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Southwest New Hampshire
  • Gender: Male
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2017, 12:08:13 am »
Nice pics WV. Can't say I've run across one of them before, thanks for sharing.

Offline drobertson

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 7927
  • Age: 56
  • Location: Missouri
  • Gender: Male
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2017, 06:26:27 am »
Yes, that is pretty darn cool, just one of the awesome joys of bow hunting, so many times it just becomes appreciating the good ole outdoors and all of God's wonders,,to be honest, I got goose bumps just reading a seeing your photos, man this has to be near top of the list of cool things to witness in the woods,
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

Offline Stoneyacrefarm

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 269
  • Age: 53
  • Gender: Male
  • Farmer/Service manager
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2017, 10:23:06 am »
Cool pics WV.

Offline ToddsPoint

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 105
  • Location: Todds Point IL
  • Gender: Male
  • Stockmaker and Carver
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2017, 05:43:06 am »
You never know what you will see is right.  I was moving some dirt with my Kubota yesterday and was driving along the edge of my 1 acre prairie grass plot.  I spot a pair of bobwhite quail in front of me.  Along with them are 10 or 12 quail chicks.  They were no bigger than a chicken egg.  It's OCTOBER!  I find it amazing they have a clutch now.  Second or third clutch?  Quail are on the decline around here so I hope they make it.  I told the wife we're buying some cracked corn and make a feeding station out there to help them make it through the coming winter.  Gary 
Logosol M7, Stihl 660 and 290, Kubota L3901.

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3559
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2017, 06:33:42 pm »
   My wife and I worked the polls all day yesterday for a special election and I showed these pix to my next door neighbor when he came in to vote. He said he caught a big white coon in a live trap a couple years ago and was talking to a taxidermist about getting it mounted then it escaped. He caught it again but the taxidermist said he was not sure he could match the eyes so he turned it loose. I told him might be the father of this one. Never can tell.
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Offline thecfarm

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 25204
  • Age: 56
  • Location: Chesterville,Maine
  • Gender: Male
  • If I don't do it,it don't get done
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2017, 09:04:50 pm »
Those are some nice pictures!!!
Model 6020-20hp Manual Thomas bandsaw,TC40A 4wd 40 hp New Holland tractor, 450 Norse Winch, Heatmor 400 OWB,YCC 1978-79

Offline samandothers

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1862
  • Location: Charlotte NC To SW Va.
  • Gender: Male
  • Been learning on FF since 1/20/12
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2017, 05:13:26 am »
Very nice and thanks for sharing.

Offline Woodcutter_Mo

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 338
  • Age: 28
  • Location: Southern Mo
  • Gender: Male
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2017, 07:13:25 pm »
I've seen a few albino skunks and an albino squirrel and an almost solid black white tail deer but never an albino raccoon. Like mentioned, you never know what you'll see. Nice pictures.  :)
-Sawmill- WoodMizer LT25, Kohler, all manual, old "drag" style WoodMizer sharpener, cat claw single  setter
-Saws- Husqvarna 372XP X-Torque, 455 Rancher X-Torque, Stihl 024AV
-Wood haulers- Kioti DK45 w/FEL, '92 Dodge Cummins with bale/dump bed, '07 Honda Rancher 420

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3559
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2017, 10:06:54 pm »
   I have seen mounts of albino coons people killed but never saw a live one before. I saw a white squirrel in a local (Bluestone) State park several times one week a few years ago while fishing next to a wooded campground. I was not close enough to tell and don't know if i was supposed to be a gray or fox squirrel. I have seen several color phases of fox squirrels in different parts of the country from light gray/almost white with black markings on their face to nearly all black. Where I grew up in N. Fla and here  in S. WV they are mostly red. The only way I can tell them apart from a distance is the fox squirrels have a longer tail - distinctively longer than the body while the gray squirrels tail is distinctly a bit shorter than his body.

   We all see neat things in the woods and on the water but most of the time it is just a fond memory. This time I happened to have a camera and got lucky.
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3559
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2017, 10:52:29 am »
   Well, I saw the little white fellow again this morning on my way to an early morning bow hunt. I ran right up on him on my North property line about half a mile from where I last saw him on my South property line. I think he may have been gnawing on some catfish heads I had dumped near there several weeks ago. I was right up on him on my ATV before I saw him. He ran up a 14" poplar (with a lot of sweep) next to my pasture/line fence and was a good 2' out of reach before I got off the ATV and reached the tree. Not real sure what I'd have done with him if I'd caught him as certainly not going to hurt him. I did not see his mom or siblings but I assume they were close by. Anyway it is good to see he is still alive and healthy.
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Offline Magicman

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 33673
  • Age: 74
  • Location: Brookhaven, MS
  • Gender: Male
  • A "Traveling Man"
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2017, 12:27:29 pm »
If you had caught it you probably would not be "healthy".   :o   :-X
Knothole Sawmill, LLC     '98 Wood-Mizer LT40SuperHydraulic   WM Million BF Club Member   WM Pro Sawyer Network

Never allow your "need" to make money to exceed your "desire" to provide quality service.....The Magicman

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3559
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2017, 12:59:40 pm »
Lynn,

   Not to worry. You are talking to one of the world's best coon catchers and I have the scars to prove it. I caught my first one when I was frog gigging in Apalachicola when i was a teenager and have caught many, including some big real ones over the years since then. Never been bit (yet) but their back feet can do a number on you when you grab him back of the neck. Used to hunt and kill lots of coons but I never had the heart to kill one after I'd caught him alive so they just never knew how lucky they were.

   Reminds me of my uncle who once caught a half grown bobcat blinded by his car lights one night when he was a young man. He swore he would never catch another one.
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3559
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2017, 06:53:32 pm »
   Pretty cold and dreary today but I decided I'd sit in the shooting house and read instead of watching TV. About 1530 an adult coon came out and fed a while at my feeder then left. Feeder went off at 1600 then at 1630 I heard rustling leaves and spotted 3 young coons coming down from behind my shooting house. I looked around and sure enough there was Whitey dragging up the rear. They came down and fed half an hour or so then Mom and Uncle Pete came back from down towards the creek and started feeding. The young had growled a little as they fed if another got close and same when Mom was around but they'd snarl and slap hard at Uncle Pete. I guess he finally felt unwelcome and let after 15 minutes or so. Then about 1700 Bucky, my nuisance buttonbuck came to the feeder. One sibling and mom headed up a tree but Whitey and other sibling ignored him and kept feeding. Other two finally came back down. Every once in a while Bucky would raise his tail and sort of paw at the mother coon. Finally got so dark I had to pack it up and chase Bucky away (Not an easy task if the truth be told). I did not see where the coons went but I think they just went back up the trees the feeder cable is attached to.
 

 
Mom without the kids.
 

 
Siblings get to the food first.
 

 
All at the table again.
 

 
Chow time.
 

 
And more.
 

 
And more.
 

 
Mom and Uncle Pete join in.
 

 
Uncle Pete leaves but Bucky comes to dinner.
 

 
Getting dark with Bucky still here.
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Offline samandothers

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1862
  • Location: Charlotte NC To SW Va.
  • Gender: Male
  • Been learning on FF since 1/20/12
Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2017, 10:06:28 am »
Glad to see Whitey is still around!  Looks like a peaceful afternoon.