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Pamphlet trivia: black-tailed deer
« on: August 29, 2017, 03:20:12 PM »
I was looking through the pamphlet and was struck by something.  There is an area in Eastern Washington where deer of the species Odocoileus hemionus are defined by WDFW as black-tailed deer, not mule deer. 

I'd be curious if anyone knows the history and why (I don't)?
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Pamphlet trivia: black-tailed deer
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2017, 03:32:09 PM »
It depends on your definition of "eastern Washington." I assume you're referring to Klickitat county?

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Re: Pamphlet trivia: black-tailed deer
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2017, 03:45:48 PM »
It depends on your definition of "eastern Washington." I assume you're referring to Klickitat county?
Yes, although I'm using WDFW's definitions - eastern and western Washington are defined along the Big White Salmon river, while the mule deer/black-tailed deer split definition is along the Klickitat river.  Therefore O. hemionus in "eastern Washington" between the Big White Salmon and Klickitat rivers are black-tailed deer.
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Pamphlet trivia: black-tailed deer
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 04:21:16 PM »
I've hunted there quite a bit, and most of the deer are illiterate. They have to have boundaries somewhere.

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Re: Pamphlet trivia: black-tailed deer
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2017, 04:29:37 PM »
The majority of the deer in that area are genetically a mix of blacktail deer and mule deer, so for the purpose of keeping the hunting regulations from being excessively complicated, they had to define blacktail deer and mule deer by a particular line, and the Klickitat River is what they chose. At least that's my take on it.

 

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