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The "piebald" is a rare genetic color mutation that appears like partial albinism. Since ancient times, white animals held a special place in human society and are prominent and even sacred in many cultures' mythologies.
Animals who present the color mutation known as piebald lack pigmentation in certain parts of their bodies, but not in others. A spotting pattern often occurs with the intermixing of pigmented and non-pigmented hair, skin, or feathers. Not present in all families of animals, piebald animals often have very stunning and distinguishing patterns. The amount of pigmented and non-pigmented areas can vary greatly, as mutations by definitions occur at random.
The magnificent piebald illustrated here was taken by Katy Weaver on a muzzleloader hunt in Arizona in October of 2016. She was guided by her brother, Toby Weaver, owner and operator of Antler Canyon Outfitters. This elk is of world class size, and if official records were kept for color mutated animals, could very well be the "World Record". The frequency of the piebald trait in elk occur around 1:100,000 animals. The albino trait even rarer, closer to 1: 1,000,000. The Rocky Mountain Elk is so uniquely beautiful and majestic in and of itself but the piebald is particularly breathtaking. Truly a class of its own.Hunting with ACO is comparable to the "Piebald Elk" in many ways. We strive for rare adventure, to see the uncommon, to experience the moments in nature, that truly can only be captured by being there. "ACO", setting the standard into the backcountry.