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 (5)
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 (15)
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.
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 September 2019 30 November 2019
Sitka Blacktail Deer Hunt United States
Sitka Blacktail 6 days of hunting 7 nights lodging $3,500 per person. Upgrade to our Cast and Blast for $4500, includes the 6 days of combo deer hunting, sea duck hunting and fishing! Sitka Blacktail Deer hunting on Kodiak Island is one of the best hunts Alaska has to offer. Arguably the most beautiful of the deer species, coupled with Kodiaks breathtaking scenery, turns this bucket list hunt into an annual event. Let us show you Alaska hunting from the luxury of our all-inclusive lodge. Gourmet meals, comfortable lodging and all the amenities of most five star resorts, all in the wilds of Alaska. Each day you will be transported to your hunting location of choice. This do-it-yourself hunt takes you directly into the heart of beautiful coastal Kodiak Alaska. A quick boat ride to and from the Lodge, equipped with a provided radio for boat to shore communications, gets you into the field quickly. Done hunting for the day, simply call the boat on the radio and they will transport you back to the lodge. Give the staff prior notice and the wood fired hot tub or sauna will be ready upon your return. Several mild snow years have the deer population extremely healthy with lots of mature bucks. Up to three tags are available for purchase making this a popular freezer filling trip as well. Known around the deer hunting world as the best of all venison, Sitka Blacktail are prized table fare as well as trophies!
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 September 2020 31 December 2020
Blacktail Deer, Public Land Hunt United States
1 on 1 Guiding Pre-Scouted Locations Skinning of the Animal Butchering of the Animal Transportation of the Animal back to your vehicle 8 Mountain House Meals / or Meals Ready to Eat Archery A Zone, Rifle A Zone We are licensed bonded and insured to hunt and fish in California. The landscape has not changed that much since Cabrillo trekked these mountains hundreds of years ago. Challenge yourself in this same wilderness and reap the benefits of personal growth. Get into the backcountry with your pack and rifle. Get away from the trailheads and the roads. These hunts will be available on 120 private acres that butt up to the Los Padres National Forest. Contact me to arrange a mutually agreed upon date. The A zone has a 22% success rate counting private and public land. I'm happy to share that my personal success rate over the years averages out to 50%. I've been hunting this area for close to three decades. I'll walk every step of the way with you. You can put venison on the BBQ too.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 20 July 2019 9 December 2019
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