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Tue., Dec. 11, 2007, 11:07 a.m.

Question: First Hunting Kill

Item: Boy's first buck more special because of rare coloring: Experts say the four-point buck may have had a genetic trait known as melanism that caused its fur and tongue to be black/Eric Barker, Lewiston Tribune.

More Info: Van Tassel said family members had reported seeing a black doe in the area but not a black buck. Although Pearson and his father are proud of the deer, both are a little sheepish about taking such a rare individual. But they are also pragmatic about it. "It's so rare he hates to shoot something like that," Van Tassel said.

Question: Do you remember your first hunting kill?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.