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

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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

Mission Weapon(s) Other Equipment
Breaking Ice any permitted n/a
Dying To Impress Pump Action n/a
By The Book any permitted n/a
A Long Distance Relation .308 Rifle n/a
Anywhere But Here any permitted Rangefinder or Rangefinder Binoculars (optional)
Making Nice .50 Cap Lock Muzzleloader n/a
Getting Serious any permitted n/a
Moving In any permitted Treestand
12 Counts of Affection any permitted n/a
Tying Up Recurve Bow n/a

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 Ammunition

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Slug
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.50 Con.
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.50 Ball
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.50 Con.
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7mm
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Slug
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All Arrows
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.50 Ball
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.45 Sab.
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8x57 IS
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.308
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.300
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.30-06
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7mm
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Slug
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All Arrows
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.50 Ball
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.45 Sab.
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9.3x62
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8x57 IS
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.308
Cartridges 300 256.png
.300
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.30-06
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7mm
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6.5x55
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.30-30
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.270
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.243
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.44
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.357
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Slug
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Buckshot
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All Arrows
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.50 Ball
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.45 Sab.
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9.3x62
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8x57 IS
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.308
Cartridges 300 256.png
.300
Cartridges 3006 256.png
.30-06
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7mm
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6.5x55
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.30-30
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.270
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.243
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.223
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.44
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.357
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Slug
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Buckshot
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All Arrows
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.50 Ball
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.243
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.223
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.357
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Buckshot
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All Arrows
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.50 Ball
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.223
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.357
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12ga Bird
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20ga Bird
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"All Arrows" includes the standard and the tracer flare arrows for the Snakebite, Parker Python, Recurve and Longbow as well as the Tenpoint Crossbow.

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