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In this Nov. 5, 2011, cell phone photo provided by Joshua Winchell via the St. P

Hunter takes rare piebald deer in Minnesota

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OUTING, Minn. (AP) — A hunter has bagged a rare two-toned whitetail deer on his first hunt ever in Minnesota.

Joshua Winchell shot and killed a piebald deer, a spotted brown and white variety. During an initial sighting of the piebald in Cass County, Winchell's hunting partner, Pat Maranda, thought it was a dog. But when he looked a little closer, Maranda saw it was a rare spotted whitetail. Winchell and Maranda researched state hunting rules and found nothing prevented them from shooting the deer.

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So when the two headed out on Saturday, they eventually ran across the piebald deer, which Winchell says stood out like a "cotton ball in the middle of the woods."

Winchell tells the Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/sNtk0F ) that he paused for a moment and thought twice about killing the deer, then decided to shoot it.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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