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.
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I...