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Bowhunting Columbia Blacktail Deer in the Lower 48

When our clients are looking to finish the "Deer Slam," the Columbia blacktail is often the last species bowhunters are chasing after they have their whitetail, Coues, Sitka and mule deer on the wall. Columbia blacktail live in wet forests along the Northwest coastline of North America; their range is primarily from northern California into southwestern British Columbia.

Besides being an exciting deer to hunt, they are a great species to consider when wanting to extend the season: hunts in northern California start in late July.

Description of deer

There are five different species of deer recognized by Pope and Young in North America. The whitetail deer is the most heavily hunted animal in North America. There is also the smaller sub-species called the Coues deer, pronounced "cows". There are also the mule deer, Sitka blacktail, and the Columbia blacktail deer. P&Y minimums for the five species start with Coues deer at 65, Sitka blacktail at 75, Columbia blacktail at 90, whitetail at 125, and the mule deer at 145. Currently, minimum on Columbia blacktails in SCI is 85".

Mark Buehrer
North American Consultant
mark@bowhuntingsafari.com

Jay Osting
North American Consultant
jay@bowhuntingsafari.com