The snow is going down like a French prizefighter, so I thought I would try and catch up on some stories that have been in the old mind.
I spoke with a lifelong friend of mine, Rob “Cigar” Fleming, the other day at Breakfast with Santa. He, as well as I, had read of the piebald deer that was killed in Letcher County this past season. Rob thought it would be a good time to explain just what is a piebald animal is. So here we go to the best of my ability, to explain to the ones of you who may not know, and to the ones that may know more about them than me.
A piebald is an animal, usually a horse, that has a spotting pattern of large white and black patches. The color of the horse’s skin underneath its coat may vary between black (under the black patches of hair) and pink (under the white patches). The coloring is generally asymmetrical. Many animals also exhibit coloration of the irises of the eye that match the surrounding skin.
This condition also occurs in white-tailed deer. A genetic variation (defect) produces the piebald condition in white-tailed deer, not parasites or diseases. Piebald deer are colored white and brown similar to a pinto pony. Sometimes they appear almost entirely white.
In addition to this coloration, many have some of the following observable conditions; bowing of the nose (Roman nose), short legs, arching spine (scoliois), and short lower jaws. This genetic condition is rare with typically less than one percent of white-tailed deer being affected. Pennsylvania seems to have the largest number of recorded piebald kills.
I would like to say congrads to Chase Hogg for his rare trophy. I hope he had a full mount made; this is likely a once-in-a-lifetime kill.
Youth rabbit hunt on December 26, contact Raymond Brown at 633-9548.
Till next time when we will be talking about some young hunters from the Neon area, hunt safe, give someone other than a family member a hug, and tell some child that they are important. Merry Christmas.