Most of the people I have talked to about blacktail seem to think that blacktail do not inhabit big timber and that the only place to hunt is near a clearcut. Even the ODFW seems to perpetuate this idea. I have even read articles that claim blacktail numbers are near zero in big timber.
Having grown up hunting both big timber and farm country whitetails, I definitely understand that big timber is more difficult to hunt because of the lack of visibility. I do not doubt that success rates are greater on timberlands because of this reason. But clearcuts are not a natural occurrence and high intensity fires that incinerate all trees were a very rare event in the blacktails range especially on the coast. So what's the story? Is it really the case that blacktails are few and far between in big timber? Or is it just that they are so much more difficult to hunt in big timber that most people avoid it?