Where to hunt Black Tailed Deer
Black-tailed deer is a close relative of mule deer that inhabits the Pacific Coast of North America. Accordingly, the opportunities for black-tailed deer hunting are limited to Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California. Two distinct subspecies of black-tailed deer are the Sitka deer that inhabits some Alaska islands, and the Columbian black-tailed deer that covers the most of the Pacific coast from British Columbia to California. Trophy books also recognize Baja black-tailed deer, which is hunted in the southmost part of its range.
With limited distribution, and most of the range in remote areas, black-tailed deer hunts are in short supply, and we all know what it does to prices. A black-tailed deer hunt starts with about $3,000, and may go up to $8,000 for boat-based hunt in Alaska. A large part of the price of such hunts is the travel to these remote destinations; one way to save is to book a combination hunt or go with a few friends.
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When to hunt Black Tailed Deer?
Black-tailed deer seasons are usually generous. The archery season starts in California as early as July; rifle hunts begin in August, and often run well into December. The best times to hunt, however, are the rut and post-rut hunts in late October or November, however, in some state the rut time is reserved for a special draw season.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (4)
Black-tailed deer prefer dense cover, and seldom move far from the spot they settle in. In coastal rainforests, where most of the hunting takes place, the most popular hunting method is still-hunting, that is, moving slowly and quietly through the likely places, hoping to see or jump a deer. Light, quick-handling weapons are better for this sort of hunting than precision long-range weapons. Hunting from a stand is also possible, and during the rut black-tailed deer generally respond well to calling. In the more open areas of the Alaskan islands and part of California the hunt can be spot-and-stalk, with spotting in Alaska often done by cruising the coastline on motor boats.
Why hunt Black Tailed Deer? All hunts (10)
If white-tailed deer is the most common hunting quarry, with more people harvesting more whitetails than any other big-game animal in North America, black-tailed deer is the exact opposite. People from the East will have to overcome a lot for their Sitka or Columbian trophy. Complicated logistics required to reach its habitat is only the beginning. Most black-tailed deer habitat, in the months when the season is open, features constant cold rain, occasionally turning to wet snow. The elusive creatures leave but a few seconds for a hunter to estimate the antler size and take a quick shot, and processing and dragging the deer through prime brown bear habitat is something else again. Some may ask why go through all these problems for, well, just a deer. But true hunters know the answer. Book your black-tailed deer hunt today.
Vancouver Blacktail Deer Hunt 1x1 Canada
Columbia Blacktail Deer are becoming a much desired Vancouver Island species thanks to exciting new DNA research that has been conducted into the history of blacktail deer. The research identified the early blacktail deer migration from a single refuge along the Pacific Northwest coast and re-colonization northward following the glacial retreat. The deer's migration route colonized Vancouver Island first and then northward to the Alexander Archipelago, where the Sitka blacktail subsist. Due to the migration and isolated marine environment of the Island, Grand Slam Club/Ovis (GSCO) recognized the Vancouver Island blacktail deer as Sitka for the Super Ten® and Super Slam® trophy record books. Vancouver Island offers one of the true, pure, indigenous populations of blacktail deer on the Pacific Coast, in an easy to access southern locale. Blacktails can be hunted from September to December, with prime hunting during the November rut. Hunting is free range, spot and stalk, glassing or ground blinds conducted in the agricultural and backcountry areas. Trophy quality is in the 80 to 120 pt class, similar to Sitka deer. Shots are 50 to 350 yards and .243 to 7 mm rifles are recommended.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 10 Sep 2019 10 Dec 2019
Baranof Island Blacktailed Deer United States
From Sitka you will travel to some of the most remote and highly populated bear islands in the world. Our hunts are often boat-based, spotting and stalking trophy animals, such as Black and Brown Bears, Sitka Black-Tailed Deer, and Mountain Goats, on the shores and mountains of Southeast Alaska's Baranof and Prince of Wales Islands. Here the waters team with halibut, salmon, crab and shrimp, bringing your prey to you. The beauty and abundance of wild life will make this hunt a unique wilderness adventure.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 Nov 2019 30 Nov 2019
Sitka Black-tailed Deer Hunt '19 United States
Sitka Black-tailed Deer hunts on Kodiak Island are popular for seasoned trophy hunters and novices alike. All deer hunts are fully guided. The prime hunting time is late October and November, which coincides with the rut. Earlier hunt dates take place in August and September. During this time the deer are in the higher elevations from 1,500 feet and up. It is not uncommon to find large bachelor groups of bucks. These early hunts can also be combined with fishing and wildlife viewing.
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 1 Sep 2019 30 Nov 2019
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