If you’re looking for something a little different, blacktail deer hunting might be for you.
Branch antlered bucks and snow capped peaks fill the minds of deer hunters obsessed with monster mule deer across the country. Then there’s the next level of addiction, thoughts that sneak through rain soaked ferns under a canopy of 100-year-old Douglas fir trees trying to catch a glimpse of the Grey Ghost of the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia Black-tailed Deer.
But how about the other brother? For mule deer die-hards and for our third and final level of Mule Deer Madness is the Sitka Black-tailed Deer. Native only to the coastal rainforest of Southeast Alaska and Northern B.C., it is the least accessible of the three subspecies, making it a unique trophy. Comparable to the coues whitetail of Arizona and Mexico, few bucks break the 100-inch mark. B&C record books accept bucks that stretch the tape to 108 inches, and their distinct double throat patch makes for a beautiful mount.
Columbia Blacktail Deer
Columbia blacktail deer live in the temperate rainforest of the Pacific coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. A trophy blacktail will have a spread in excess of 24″, brow-tines and four or more points per side.
Sitka Blacktail Deer
Sitka blacktail are closely related to the Columbia Blacktail, they live in the coastal rain forests of Northern British Columbia, and Southeastern Alaska. Normal adult antler development for Sitka deer is three points on each side. Antlers are relatively small, with very few scoring more than 110 points by the B&C scoring system.