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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: "vampire buck"
It's rare, but it does occur in some bucks. I've seen about 7-8 of them. Got 2 in this season alone, however on 1 buck they were not erupted, but he had an odd bulge on both sides in that spot, so I removed the flesh and there was a pair of "floater whistlers". Another buck I had some years ago, only had 1, none on the other side.
Chasin Tail, that example shows a fully formed and erupted "whistler", very nice.
The only other deer I have seen small whistlers on are the Japanese sikas here in MD, but they are closely related to elk and red deer, which are well known for their ivory whistlers, so it is 100% normal for a sika stag to have these tusk teeth. On whitetails, it is apparently some sort of primitive throwback.