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looking to hunt blacktail in OR or WA

I am a mule deer hunting freak! I guide a few hunts every year in my home state of WA. (Okanogan county). My buddy and I really want to hunt a blacktail sometime. I am looking for information on where to go for a quality hunt. Or am willing to do some type of a hunt swap if someone had the right hunt for us. I live in mule deer central, but also have whitetail, bear, goose and steelhead fishing. Let me know what you think! Thanks.

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I see your from WA and as you

I see your from WA and as you know WA had some good blacktail hunting. I'm not sure where to go in WA but down in Oregon I know of a few grewat places to hunt. If you rifle hunt i will sugest going to sounthern oregon near medford. the terrain isnt to bad and its a little bit more open. If you bow hunt i would say up in the santiam unit in the late season when the bucks are rutting. The woods are pretty thick but when the bucks are rutting you can draw them out of the jungles and get a good shot. this past season we saw a lot of great bucks my dad had a great chance at a nice 4x4 but blew it. If you need more info feel free to PM me.

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blacktail

I wish I could tell you where to find a "quality" backtail hunt. I can tell you where to find a blacktail, but when you add the word "quality", it changes things a lot.  I live in prime blacktail habitat but all too often, they are not what you would call a wallhanger. 

I did see one taken this year just a few miles from my home, and only a couple of miles out of town.  I have hunted them a limited amount but find they are one tough little rascal to hunt.  The buck I saw this last fall should come close to making book.  He was within five miles of Blaine, just off a well traveled road.  But big ones like that are few.

Without a guide, any areas between I-5 and Mt. Baker will hold blacktail.... finding the big ones is the problem.  But then, you hunt mule deer and finding the big ones of those is a challenge too.

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Arrowflipper - Mule deer

I see you put in for the entiat tag every year. Yes there is also a large number of hunters that put in for that unit....because in the late season....It's worth putting in for! Great bucks if an early snow gets them moving. Thanks for the hint on blacktail. My buddy and I drew a second muzzleloader tag on the san juan islans last year and were very excited until we got there. You would have thought we came to kill people's dogs by the reception we got. Guess I'll stick to my side of the state from now on! haha

If you're looking for late season muleys on the east side, stick with archery or black powder. Rifle season is a zoo. It might be worth your time to look at the misson and chiwawa units around wenatchee. And in my part of the state try Sinlahekin or some of the upper methow valley units like pearrygin or alta. I tell you that in confidence that you will not write it in a magazine. If you get serrious about a trip over here and are looking for a guide or some advice call my friend jerrod gibbons, owner of Okanogan Valley guide service (www.okanoganvalleyguideservice.com)

He'd be more that happy to help you out. Also as the time grows nearer, feel free to email me with any questions at (huntokanogan@yahoo.com)

Good luck!

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