|Ghosts in the Mist
Just wanted to say howdy. I live in Scappoose, Oregon and am glad to see articles on the blacktail deer. I have hunted them most of my life with bow and long gun, they are truly a wonderful animal to see (if you can see them) and a pleasure to hunt. The population in the areas I hunt is slowly declining due to heavy poaching. It sickens me to think my son and daughter will not see the same creatures ghosting through the woods as often as I did when I started hunting 20 years ago!
I would like to tell Mr. Willie Maciolek that he does not know what he is talking about. There are NO blacktail deer in either record book east of the Sacramento River. He said quote "there are thousands of blacktails east of the Sacramento River."
If you want to see a trophy blacktail , e-mail me as I would be glad to take you up on the west side to show a true blacktail deer.
The use of the word trophy does not indicate that an animal has even been submitted for measurement for any record book. It simply means it was a trophy to the hunter who took it (or to us at WesternHunter.com) and yet may or may not be one to our readers.
Discussions like this are probably ones usually reserved for California hunters, as I have heard comments like this, and those about blue deer, for years.
Over 40 years ago we always called the deer we hunted in the D3-5 Zone blacktails. Heck, the tail was even black. But over time our knowledge about the deer we love to hunt has increased to the point that even the DFG tells us there are six or seven types of deer in California.
The ninth edition of the Boone and Crockett Record Book describes the boundary for mule deer and blacktail deer in California much as the DFG describes zone boundaries. Interstate 5 and the Sacramento River are used for a good portion of the boundaries.
When you get down to it, what the heck would you call the buck that crosses the Sacramento River to feed on either side?
I think if you are an older hunter you just naturally fall back into the habit of calling the deer what you called them when you were growing up.
Finally, I would like to thank Jay, Willie, and Larry for their comments. It shows they are interested in the information we provide at WesternHunter.com and only want to improve it. Thanks, guys!!!
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