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Rare Buck With Fangs Killed By Youngster
 
By AON Staff
Posted Thursday August 30 2018, 11:15 AM
 
The final deer hunt of last season for a father and son at the Webber Farm in DeKalb County produced a rare trophy when 9-year-old Eli Walton killed an 8-point buck that had two upper canine teeth.

“We had been hunting four or five hours, and we were fixing to leave,” Eli said. “I thought I saw something against the edge line of the woods. My dad looked through binoculars, and I propped the scope across the tailgate.”

Eli’s dad Clinton said the distance was 252 yards.

“I pulled the trigger, and I could tell I hit him,” Eli said.

Eli and Clinton had no idea the 8-point buck had “fangs” until they heard from the Fort Payne taxidermist who was doing a European mount for Eli.

“He said, ‘Do you know what you have?’ I said, ‘What, an 8-pointer?’ And that’s when he told me about the fangs. He said he had never seen a deer with them ever before.”

There’s very little documentation about the frequency of upper canines in whitetails, but it’s certainly very rare.

A QDMA report said, “Upper canines are a rare but documented phenomenon in whitetails, and researchers believe it is an evolutionary throwback to the ancestral form of the whitetail which occasionally surfaces. While the exact prevalence of upper canines in whitetails is not known, it is believed to be well below 1 percent.”

“Every deer I’ve killed was weird or unique,” said Eli. “My first deer was a 6-pointer, and his eyes were so puffy he just looked weird. My doe only had two teeth in its mouth it was so old, and then my 8-pointer had fangs.”
 
 
 
 
 
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