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Colombian Whitetails

I just watched Game Chasers with Scott Haugen on the Outdoor Channel. They were hunting Colombian Blacktails in Oregon, but what struck me was that they also did a short segment on another subspecies of the Whitetail that is found only there. It is the Colombian Whitetail, once endangered, but now with a population of about 6,000. I guess they have allowed a limited amount of hunting for them since 2005.

I hadn't heard about this deer before this. Has anyone on here ever hunted them?

 

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never hunted them before, but....

They are on the list.  Interesting thing about them is that they are endangered, but overpopulated in some of the areas that they exist in.  A study I read a few years ago talked about really poor recruitment due to terrible body conditions from outstripping their habitat.  

Anyway, there is a population of an endangered species that you can hunt.  Kinda neat

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I havent hunted them, I have

I havent hunted them, I have seen a few in sounthern Oregon when hunting Blacktail. We have a few hunts a year for them by controlled draw. I would compare them to the couse deer. they're pretty small. The population has grown to huntable numbers over the past 20 years or so. I will put in for them soon and hopefully get a tag and get a chance at them.

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bow hunting

im new to bow hunting and need some help, last year i located where the elk bed and feed but when i tried to get in closer for a shot i just heard elk terring off through the brush and sometimes caught a few second look at one at between 50-100yards, do you have any advice on getting in close?

 

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  WAbiggamehunter14:  The

  WAbiggamehunter14: 

The best thing that you can do for bow hunting elk is to locate their bedding area and then locate their feeding area along with their water source.  Then set up a blind inbetween two of them and then wait.  You could use either a ground blind or a treestand which ever is your preference.  Or if your season is during the rut in September or early October you may be able to call a bull into you with a bugle and or a cow call.  Just remember that when you are hunting elk there is a lot to learn.   

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alright, thanks for the help

alright, thanks for the help ill set up a tree stand.

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Just remember that with a

Just remember that with a treestand you need to pattern them and locate the trail where that they are using.  One nice thing about a ground blind is that you can move it in a hurry if needed. 

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Interesting, I had heard the

Interesting, I had heard the term columbian whitetail before but just thought it was referring to the area they lived in and not a specific subspecies.

The list of deer I had hoped to hunt one day was long enough already and now I have to add another one. Not likely this one will ever happen but one more dream to think about.

Thanks for the information I probably would not have learned of them anywhere else.

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I have a rack off one here

I have a rack off one here some where. One of my brothersw shot it 30 some years ago over in the valley.

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We live in the heart of the

We live in the heart of the Columbia Whitetail range and have probably 50 to 70 of these deer on family properties.  Here is a buck my son took a couple years ago. I've included a couple game cam pics from last fall.

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