Blacktail Deer

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The Black-tailed deer, or Blacktail deer, (Odocoileus columbianus) is a species of the deer found in western North America, specifically in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California regions. Black-tailed deer once lived at least as far east as Wyoming. In Francis Parkman's The Oregon Trail, an eyewitness account of his 1846 trek across the early West, while within a two-days ride from Fort Laramie, Parkman writes of shooting what he believes to be an elk, only to discover that he has killed a Black-tailed Deer.

The Black-tailed deer is currently common in northern California, western Oregon, Washington, in coastal and interior British Columbia, and north into the Alaskan panhandle. There remains confusion, however, over its proper classification. It is a popular game animal.

The black-tailed deer was once believed to be a subspecies of the North American mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), however, recent DNA testing has proven this not to be the case. In Valerius Geist's book Mule Deer Country he explains that by testing the mitochondrial DNA of the three species (blacktail, whitetail and mule deer), researchers have now determined that it was the mating of whitetail does and blacktail bucks that gave rise to the mule deer, and not the opposite as was once suspected, therefore not falling under a subspecies of O. hemionus and rather as its own species O. columbianus.

It is now believed that millions of years ago the whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus) expanded its range down the east coast of the United States, across Mexico, and then back up the west coast, where it eventually evolved into the blacktail deer. Thousands of years later as the recently evolved blacktail's range spread eastward and the whitetail's range again expanded westward, the two deer species again met. At this point, the blacktail bucks displaced the whitetail bucks, and bred the whitetail does. Researchers now believe that it is this hybridization that produced what is now commonly known as the mule deer.

Summary by Wikipedia.org

In-Game Photos

Blacktail Bucks

Blacktail Does

theHunter Blacktail Specs

Habitat

Attractants

Blacktail Deer Competitions

Comp shortrange.png Back in Black
Comp revolver.png Back in Black Revolver Edition
Comp organ.png Heart Seeker
Comp rifle1.png Jane Doe
Comp rifle1.png Jane Doe (2nd Edition)
Comp score1.png Master of Blacktail
Comp shotgun1.png 295 Slug Championship
Comp muzzleloader.png Smoke 'em Down

Blacktail Deer Missions

Breaking Ice
Dying To Impress
By The Book
A Long Distance Relation
Anywhere But Here
Making Nice
Getting Serious
Moving In
12 Counts of Affection
Tying Up

Where to aim

All weapons: Many hunters have different opinions as where to aim when shooting deer and other species. Most hunters recommend that with any weapon, you should aim behind the shoulder blade, where the body and leg meet. This should ensure a clean kill and a short wound time, if placed properly as the shot should penetrate both lungs, the shoulder blade or heart. Other hunters will recommend that you should aim for the neck bones, which should instantly drop the animal. However, the target area in the neck is smaller, leaving more room for error in the shot.

Permitted Weapons and Ammunition

Not every animal can be shot with every weapon or ammunition respectively. Some weapons are too weak for large game while others are too powerful for smaller animals. Always make sure to check whether you have equipped the correct weapon before shooting animals. Especially the use of Shotguns requires special attention as many of them can be loaded with different ammunition.

Permitted Ammunition

This is a simplified overview for quick reference.

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Slug
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Buckshot
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All Arrows
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Slug
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Buckshot
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Slug
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All Arrows
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.50
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8x57 IS
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.44
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Slug
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All Arrows
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.50
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8x57 IS
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.30-06
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Slug
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All Arrows
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.50
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.243
Cartridges 223 256.png
.223
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.357
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Buckshot
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.44
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.357
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12ga Bird
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20ga Bird
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20ga Bird

"All Arrows" includes the standard and the tracer flare arrows for the Snakebite, Parker Python, Recurve and Longbow as well as the Tenpoint Crossbow.

Permitted Weapons (Full Table)

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12 GA Pump Action Shotgun (Wood)
-- 12 GA Shells (Birdshot)
-- 12 GA Shells (Buckshot)
-- 12 GA Shells (Slug)
12 GA Side by side Shotgun (Wood)
-- 12 GA Shells (Birdshot)
-- 12 GA Shells (Buckshot)
-- 12 GA Shells (Slug)
12 GA Side by side Shotgun (Engraved)
-- 12 GA Shells (Birdshot)
-- 12 GA Shells (Buckshot)
-- 12 GA Shells (Slug)
12 GA Blaser F3 Game O/U Shotgun
-- 12 GA Shells (Birdshot)
-- 12 GA Shells (Buckshot)
-- 12 GA Shells (Slug)
20 GA Semi-Automatic Shotgun
-- 20 GA Birdshot Shells
223 Bolt Action Rifle (Wood)
-- 223 Nosler Ballistic Tip
223 Bolt Action Rifle (Marble)
-- 223 Nosler Ballistic Tip
243 Bolt Action Rifle (Wood)
-- 243 Nosler Ballistic Tip
270 Bolt Action Rifle
-- 270 Nosler Ballistic Tip
30-06 Lever Action Rifle
-- 30-06 Nosler Partition
300 Bolt Action Rifle (Composite)
-- 300 Nosler AccuBond
308 Anschütz 1780 D FL Bolt Action Rifle (Heartwood)
-- 308 Nosler Partition
6.5x55 Blaser R8 Bolt Action Rifle
-- 6.5x55 Nosler AccuBond
8x57 IS Anschütz 1780 D FL Bolt Action Rifle (SOFT-Grip Wood)
-- 8x57 IS Nosler Partition
8x57 IS K98k Bolt Action Rifle
-- 8x57 IS Nosler Partition
9.3x62 Anschütz 1780 D FL Bolt Action Rifle (SOFT-Grip Wood)
-- 9.3x62 Nosler Partition
357 Revolver (Black)
-- 357 Nosler Sporting Handgun
357 Revolver (First Lady)
-- 357 Nosler Sporting Handgun
44 Revolver (Silver)
-- 44 Nosler Sporting Handgun
44 Revolver (Custom)
-- 44 Nosler Sporting Handgun
308 "Rival" Handgun
-- 308 Nosler Partition
.50 Cap Lock Muzzleloader
-- .50 Patched Round Ball
Compound Bow "Snakebite" (Camouflage)
-- Compound Arrows (Standard Broadhead)
-- Compound Arrows (Red Tracer Flare)
Compound Bow "Parker Python"
-- Compound Arrows (Standard Broadhead)
-- Compound Arrows (Red Tracer Flare)
Recurve Bow
-- Recurve Arrows (Standard Broadhead)
-- Recurve Arrows (Orange Tracer Flare)
Longbow
-- Longbow Arrows
Tenpoint Carbon Fusion Crossbow (Camo)
-- Crossbow Arrows
-- Crossbow Arrows (Blue Tracer Flare)
PW muledeerB.png PW whitetaildeerB.png PW blacktaildeerB.png PW roedeerB.png PW reddeerB.png PW rooseveltelkB.png PW mooseB.png PW coyoteB.png PW blackbearB.png PW feralhogB.png PW wildboarB.png PW pheasantB.png PW turkeyB.png PW brownbearB.png PW redfoxB.png PW mallardB.png PW canada gooseB.png
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