View Full Version : Wannabe Blacktail Hunter
06-16-2002, 04:54 PM
I would like to try and get a Blacktail before the good lord calls me home! What are the so-called trophy hunts in Ca? You know, the ones where you apply for years with no hope of drawing a tag until your too friggin old to hunt. Do they have hunts that are during the Rut?
06-16-2002, 06:02 PM
For true black-tailed deer there are really only 2 special hunts and they are both archery tags. ###A25 is at Lake Sonoma and I've seen some of the biggest black-tails in the state at that lake. ###A30 is in the vicinity of the town of Covelo in Mendocino County which is notorious for putting out trophies. ###You have about a 9-1 chance at Lake Sonoma and 2-1 at Covelo. ###Other than that, they're where you find 'em...
Actually, G8 which is at Fort Hunter Liggett has black-tails, odds are about 8-1
06-16-2002, 06:34 PM
Try the M11 (Late season muzzle Loader in B1). ###Only 20-25 tags a year.
06-17-2002, 11:42 PM
G-8 is a doe hunt though.
06-18-2002, 06:36 AM
I've alway heard that the Covelo area and Yolla Bolly's held the most records...that doesn't mean there aren't other premium areas. ###Saw a real hog over by the Mad River once.
06-18-2002, 10:26 AM
There are a few big ones in most places except near the coast. The trick is finding them. When they are born they are good at being ghosts. And the older/bigger they get, the better at it they become.
It is kind of funny to me that I started out on blacktails. I hunted them succesfully for years before I ever hunted a mule deer or whitetail. I have taken at least one a year in 12 of the last 15 years. So, when I finally did hunt the others, I realized how cagey the blacktail actually is.
Like hunting any animal, you have to spend the time to learn their habits and then hope for some luck also.
06-24-2002, 01:11 AM
If ya look at my photo album theres a real nice buck ( blacktail ) taken in the Yolla Bollies. ### ###Im might even give you the name of the mountain it was taken from .
They are there.
06-24-2002, 11:15 AM
By far the two best counties are Mendicino and Trinity, followed by Humboldt and Siskiyou.
Good luck to all,
06-24-2002, 03:10 PM
This might be too broad but ###I would think that the B zones would be a good place for trophy blacktails.
06-25-2002, 05:10 PM
In CA any legal buck taken on public land is a trophy. :~)
07-01-2002, 04:01 PM
I second that shooter!
Good luck to all,
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