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Location: Minnesota,
Joined: 08/28/2004
Posts: 257
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Where are blacktail deer most common. My wife has reletives in Fort Benton Mt
She says they have blacktail, muledeer, antelope and bison not to far from there ranch. If I went out there where would I start for blacktail they have more than 15,000 acres

Location: Agua Dulce, Ca
Joined: 11/12/2005
Posts: 5
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This is the second time in one day I've heard someone talk about blacktail deer in MT. As far as I know, blacktail deer are a west coast thing. The Columbian Blacktail Deer ranges from Southern california to British Columbia. The Sitka Blacktail Deer ranges north of that into Alaska. I could be wrong, but that's what I've put together from the various articles I've read on them. They do breed with Mule Deer quite a bit resulting in hybrids.

Location: Rochester WA.
Joined: 04/27/2005
Posts: 146
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HAy i am from washington i have killed two blacktails they are like smaller versions of muleys. I have never herd of blacktails in MT but there could be as far as i know there is Whitetail Antalope and muleys ,but i could be wrong. In washington the different hunting areas are spilt in two by the Cascade Mts. the westside(like seattle side(dont hunt in seattle LOL)) where i live( i live in the boonies in a town named Rochester) IS hunting blacktails and its the only deer you can harvest. The eastside (like spokane wanatchee) have whitetails and mules you have to choose a hunting unit and that unit has sertain regulations about deer size and type tthat you can kill.
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Location: Florida
Joined: 08/02/2005
Posts: 82

Blacktail are a west coast deer, a coastal deer. California coast northward, when you get inland you will find mulies and white tail in Washington. the largest racks usually come from Northern California, the best counties in my opinion are mendocino, sonoma, trinity and syskiyou. The hybrid deer occur where mulies and blacktails co-exist....ex. shasta county. Tough hunting in rugged coastal terrain...buy good boots, binoculars and excercise in the off season. Check out the pic of a sonoma county buck killed this september.

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Location: Clarkston, WA
Joined: 12/02/2005
Posts: 8
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You are all right, there are no Blacktail in Montana. Although I am now a Washington resident, I lived in Montana for a while and still have a number of relatives in the Great Falls area (SW of FT Benton).
Sorry my friend, if ya want to hunt Blacktail in the lower 48, ya gotta stick to California, Oregon, or Washington.

Location: St. Louis County
Joined: 01/10/2006
Posts: 337
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What did your neighbors think about you hunting in your front yard?


Location: Washington State
Joined: 04/09/2006
Posts: 9
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My family lives in Montana. More than once I've heard references to blacktails in Montana. However, what they are refering to are muleys, not Columbian blacktails. It seems that "blacktails" is an old name that many folks used to use for mule deer. It's kind of fallen out of fashion in recent decades, but I have even seen the term used in several old books.

Location: Northern California
Joined: 03/29/2009
Posts: 11
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Location: OREGON(homestate)Mississippi(duty station)
Joined: 12/27/2004
Posts: 57
not accusing you of anything but.....

i am pretty sure there are no possible ways to get 2 blacktail buck tags. if you did get 2 in one year and only one was legal i would not be posting this information on a forum. a game warden can use this as evidence to convict you of poaching. and if the wrong people see this they will turn you in if it was illegal. seems a little suspicsous to me but im not positive u didnt do everything legal......but if i hard good evidence u did poach one of these bucks i would report the information though cuz i hate poachers. if u poach one buck then you will poach more. and plus i dont see you as a meat hunter when u are posting pics of two huge blacktails those might be records depending where u got them. and thats what i hate about poaching is that poachers go out and take trophy animals and then say they are poaching cuz they need meat for their family. if u need meat then go shoot and old fat doe or cow elk that is not very fertile anymore dont shoot trophy animals if your supposedly poaching for meat!!!!!!!!

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Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/19/2008
Posts: 2397
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Slow down there crbaker, you need to check California's regs before you say something like that.
You are wrong, California allows one to purchase two buck tags per year, and the B zone quota never fills out.

Joined: 01/27/2002
Posts: 7914
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Exbiologist is correct, no one should be accused of poaching unless you are 100% certain of the regulations.

Crbaker333, please check the regs in the future before posting.

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