Tourism and White Deer

April 3, 2024


Legal protection for white deer in Wisconsin was enacted in 1940, making the law 84 years old in 2024.  The law was likely created at the request of the tourist industry which recognized the deer as a popular tourist draw.  (It might have also been influenced by farmers who didn’t want careless hunters shooting their white goats.)

One area of the state that had a population of white deer was Boulder Junction in north central Wisconsin.  The area’s white deer are still a draw today.  Even though Boulder Junction is known as the “Musky Capital of the World,” it is the white deer that draw the most attention.

Above:  White deer photos are featured on the front page of these Boulder Junction visitor guides (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2015).