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Blacktail Deer Hunting Sandy UT

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Little Creek Campground
(801) 977-4300
2370 South 2300 W.
Salt Lake City, UT
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hunting; Picnicking; Winter Sports

Birch Creek Campground
(801) 977-4300
2370 South 2300 W.
Salt Lake City, UT
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking

San Luis Lake And State Wildlife Area
(801) 524-3664
125 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Dick's Sporting Goods
(801) 456-0200
41 South Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT
 
Sandy REI Store
(801) 501-0850
230 W 10600 S Ste 1700
Sandy, UT
 
Simpson Springs Campground
(801) 977-4300
2370 South 2300 West
Salt Lake City, UT
Other Activties
Biking; Camping; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Off Highway Vehicle; Picnicking

Oregon National Historic Trail
(801) 741-1012
324 S. State St., Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Biking; Boating; Camping; Climbing; Fishing; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Off Highway Vehicle; Picnicking; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Wasatch-Cache National Forests
(801) 236-3400
8236 Federal Building
Salt Lake City, UT
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Off Highway Vehicle; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Sports Authority
(801) 572-0157
Commons at Southtowne, 10453 S. State Street
Sandy, UT
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Simulator, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Rentals & Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Sidsports Inc.
(801) 261-0300
265 E. 3900 S.
Salt Lake City, UT
 

Blacktail Hunting, The Ultimate Challenge

Blacktail hunting, what the heck is that? Sure, you know about whitetail and perhaps even mule deer hunting, but what do you know about the blacktail? Perhaps more importantly why should you care? Well, if you want to hunt the most challenging member of the deer family you'll need to know! Believe me if you ever come out West to hunt this phantom deer slivering through the pacific woodlands, you are in for the ultimate challenge.

Known officially as Odocoileus hemionus columbianus, the Columbian blacktail's range extends along the pacific coast, from British Columbia to California's Monterey County. The blacktails territory extends inland to the western slope of the Cascade Range and in central California they can be found as far east as the Sierra Nevada foothills. In the regions where blacktails and mule deer coexist they interbreed freely, resulting in a deer that cannot be classified as a true blacktail or mule deer. In California we consider these deer hybrids.

Because of the overlap in territory that exists between the blacktail and mule deer, record-keeping organizations like Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young Clubs have established regions from which all blacktail trophy entries must originate from in each state. The states in which these boundaries exist are Washington, Oregon, and California. While some hunters do not agree with these boundary lines, the boundaries are to ensure only pure strain blacktails are submitted. California leads the record books with more than 280 entries with Oregon follows closely behind with 211.

In size, blacktails (considered by most to be a subspecies of mule deer) are a smaller version of the mule deer. Average weight for a blacktail buck will fall between 100 to 140 pounds, although much larger specimens have been documented. Their antlers are bifurcated like the mule deer, but only occasionally will there be eye guards. As the name suggest, the blacktails tail is entirely black compared to that of a muley, with just the tip being black. The white rump patch that is also so apparent on the muley is almost nonexistent on the blacktail. Just a slight sliver of light colored hair is visible along the edges of the tail when the deer is relaxed. Blacktails coats are reddish in summer and warm brown to warm gray in winter and on average the blacktail ears are slightly smaller than that of the mule deer.

In the 2001 August edition of North American Hunter magazine, author and renowned whitetail hunter Jim Shockey stated "it took this whitetail hunter 10 seasons, hunting in prime blacktail country in the mountains of the West Coast, to see the light and admit the awful truth. I was unworthy! Unless I got professional help or found a blacktail buck that God messed up on? I'd never hang my tag on a big Columbian Blacktail". Even with the help of well-known blacktail guides he admitted it still took him three more attempts before his search was over. Shockey ends the story by saying "I finally held in my h...

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