Blacktail are hard to hunt. i think they are the hardest deer to hunt. last year i harvesed a record book blacktail in carnation washington on a special permit. we hunted on one deer for eleven days and on the eleventh day i finally got him.
I live out on California's coastline, and while I have never had the opportunity to hunt white tail, my father has. His hunt was a winter time timber hunt, and he expressed to me that to him it was more difficult to hunt the whitetail there. Now it's quite possible that its just a different type of strategy, of course anything you havent been doing your whole life is going to be more difficult.
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I agree w/Joey if you grow up thinking like a Blacktail then it's not really that hard. Unless you're incapible of thinking like a blacktail. I've been hunting them with my dad since I could walk. So like Gollum here we are "SNEAKIN!!"
I agree with Billii, I grew up in Oregon (know Scio?), hunting blacktails since I was 12, although my "fondest" memories are of me walking through the thickest blackberry patch, rifle above my head, getting slashed head to toe by briars, just to keep track of a blood trail. I never realized how hard blacktail hunting was until I recently started hunting in Texas. Did you know that sometimes I may not move at all in a day, I just sit. Such a different hunting style.
I could see the small band of mule deer picking their way towards me through the sagebrush 800 plus yards away. With my 10 power binoculars I spotted a legal buck bringing up the tail. I dropped down and crouched behind a large chunk of sage just waiting for them to pass within range. Unfortunately, they stopped and began milling around before finally settling down, with a few of them laying down right out in the open. They were not going to come to me; if I wanted any closer, I'd...