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Dan BTC

Member Since 17 Jul 2009
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About Me

I live in Mendocino County in North Western California which consists of nearly 4,000 square miles of excellent Columbian Blacktail Deer habitat. With a population of only 85,000 there is still lot's of prime Blacktail hunting country available in the area. I have been hunting Blacktail for over 30 years and have taken some nice bucks, but it wasn't until I moved to Mendocino county twenty years ago that I found out just how big pure Columbian Blacktail can really get.

I grew up a hundred and fifty miles South of where I currently live hunting in the hills of San Joaquin and Alameda counties. In that area we rarely encountered a truly big Blacktail. We considered a 16-inch wide, 3-point a real trophy and it was, in San Joaquin County. But here in Mendocino County it would only be considered a little better than average. There were most certainly bigger bucks in the area but they were few and far between.

In Mendocino County a 16-inch buck is still a nice trophy, but not all that uncommon. I spend over 200 days a years filming and hunting Blacktail on our ranch and surrounding areas and in that time see hundreds of bucks in that class. "Big" in this part of Blacktail Country starts at about 20 inches wide (outside) and 16 inches high. With at least three points per side and lots of mass. In my area a "really big" Blacktail will have a spread in excess of 24 inches, brow-tines and four or more points per side. Every year there are Blacktails killed with spreads approaching 30 inches and others with numerous points and extreme mass in Mendocino and surrounding counties.

The number one Columbian Blacktail from the state of California (according to the Boone and Crockett Record Book) has an outside spread of 30 5/8 inches and an inside spread of 26 5/8 inches. Another huge Columbian Blacktail taken in Trinity County California, has an incredible outside spread of 35 3/8 inches and an inside spread of 28 6/8 inches. Many people don't realize blacktails are capable of attaining such size and that is exactly why I started Blacktailcountry.com

Even though Blacktails hunters readily agree that there are areas well known for producing large Muledeer bucks, such as the Paunsaguant, the "Arizona strip" and the "Grande Mesa" in Colorado, many have difficulty believing the same holds true for the Columbian Blacktail. Often saying that the Blacktails that come out of Northern California and Southern Oregon are not true Columbian's, but rather muley crosses. Their reasoning is simply? They can't be Blacktails because they have never seen a buck that size in their hunting area. The truth of the matter is, the rule of good genetics and nutrition, also applies to the Blacktail.

When I'm not hunting or filming blacktails I design and maintain Websites. The name of by business is CyberMagic Web design. I specialize in outdoor oriented websites but can build all types of sites. If you like the look of BlacktailCountry.com and are in need of website development, maintenance, or graphic design. I can be reached at blacktailcountry@comcast.net or through www.cbermagic2000.com

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