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Re: What did the biggest blacktail score??
« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2012, 06:34:08 PM »
There use to be a little sporting goods store north of Brinnon that had quite a few big "mule deer" mounts on the walls
 One day I asked the old timer where they were killed and he told me that he killed them in the surrounding hills back in the 40-50-60's. They were some nice bucks and obviously mule deer. Definitely not blacktails............at least the forms used. The antlers could have been either as far as I know.  :dunno:

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Re: What did the biggest blacktail score??
« Reply #31 on: November 27, 2012, 06:35:30 PM »
I'm sure those old timers didn't shoot spikes or two points... :rolleyes:

Wasn't until 1950 that the Boone & Crockett club settled on a scoring system for the development of trophy status.  I'd be willing to bet with few exceptions that prior to that meat was meat and you took what you could get without concern for the status of headgear inches.  Just look at Alaska now.  Few subsistence hunters shoot high scoring animals.  It's the big city out-of-staters that tend to worry about such things.

The culling of does and poor genes within the restaints of food and wintering areas is good sound management.  If all hunters and the entire state was to go 4 point or better I bet there would be far fewer big bucks than we have now.  Just look at Canada's 6X6 minimum for elk.  The first few years it was amazing the animals it produced.  Now the huge 5X5 bulls with poor genes that will never be bigger are doing the vast majority of the breeding.  And there are fewer and fewer good bulls to be found.  That tends to be an argument of the elitist's and not an argument of  sound wildlife management.

I was being sarcastic :chuckle: . The reason these huge bucks are surfacing so many years after being killed is because back then no one cared about score or size. They would cut the horns off and hang them in the barn or throw them in the rafters. I wouldn't be surprised if there were 20 sets of antlers of this caliber either sitting or were sitting  in various barns around western washington.
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Re: What did the biggest blacktail score??
« Reply #32 on: November 27, 2012, 08:09:59 PM »
I was being sarcastic :chuckle: . The reason these huge bucks are surfacing so many years after being killed is because back then no one cared about score or size. They would cut the horns off and hang them in the barn or throw them in the rafters. I wouldn't be surprised if there were 20 sets of antlers of this caliber either sitting or were sitting  in various barns around western washington.

I don't disagree there. When I was growing up the old timer that lived next door used to let me into his barn to play with the deer antlers.  He had a non-typical blacktail that was an enormous 14 X 16.  He said he shot it behind Black Lake out of tumwater some place.  I bet even today it would be in the top ten B&C.  To him they were just cool antlers to look at, but not precious enough to stop the dumb little kid from next door from playing with them. After he passed away they disappeared.  Probably to some relatives barn or the dump.

I knew you were being sarcastic ;)  Perhaps I should have quoted biggameslayer instead.
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Re: What did the biggest blacktail score??
« Reply #33 on: November 27, 2012, 11:00:06 PM »
oh boy thats a bute joe, after you were tellin me bout him last weekend ive been tryin to find pictures sense but couldnt come up with anything.
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Re: What did the biggest blacktail score??
« Reply #34 on: November 27, 2012, 11:54:05 PM »
The game dept. did some transplanting of mule deer into SW WA in at least two of the counties listed, in the early fifties.  My hunting partners' uncle helped with transport and release.  One of his buddies killed at least one in the top 10 WA blacktails, that he had scored at least.
I heard from an old logger from Forks that they planted some mule deer in the Olympics back in the 30's or 40's but they all died of pneumonia.  :dunno:
Your hunting partners, uncles, buddy? An old logger from Forks?! I don't know, sounds like some pretty reliable sources right there. :chuckle: Just sounds funny, could have happened, I don't know either way.

It was my uncle, and unfortunately, he is not around any more. I wish I could have gotten some more information from him about it, but he said that the game dept. was doing some sort of experiment, and he wasn't supposed to know much about it or talk about it. According to him, they released a small amount of Mule deer in a few different locations. Some of them didn't do well, and caught some sort of disease, but there were reports of some very large bucks being seen for several years after. Back then, of course, they were mostly hunting for food, and shot does, usually. Big bucks were tough, and gamey.
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Re: What did the biggest blacktail score??
« Reply #35 on: November 28, 2012, 11:00:34 AM »
I seen a 155 inch blackie killed this year, biggest blackie i have ever seen in person..  I cant imagine a 180 inch blackie...
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This is the blacktail taken out of Cowlitz co. In 1935
« Reply #36 on: May 22, 2024, 10:48:30 AM »
Hello I’m new to this site but I wanted to post the blacktail antlers that were harvested in 1935 out of Cowlitz county WA. a friend of mine owns them…
The rack I'm holding in my picture measures 184 2/8 but was never put in the books but I think it would score bigger it mentions it on the internet one time but don't remember where I seen it but my buddy owns it

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Re: What did the biggest blacktail score??
« Reply #37 on: May 22, 2024, 02:17:33 PM »
50 inches smaller than my smallest Muley!!!!  Ha ha Jk!!!
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Re: This is the blacktail taken out of Cowlitz co. In 1935
« Reply #38 on: May 22, 2024, 04:34:26 PM »
Hello I’m new to this site but I wanted to post the blacktail antlers that were harvested in 1935 out of Cowlitz county WA. a friend of mine owns them…

HOLY CRAP!!!!!!
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Re: This is the blacktail taken out of Cowlitz co. In 1935
« Reply #39 on: May 22, 2024, 04:41:15 PM »
Hello I’m new to this site but I wanted to post the blacktail antlers that were harvested in 1935 out of Cowlitz county WA. a friend of mine owns them…

The mass on that is ridonkulous!!!!! If I saw a bit like that while hunting I would either miss from shaking so bad or just think it couldn’t be real. Thanks for sharing
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Re: What did the biggest blacktail score??
« Reply #40 on: May 22, 2024, 04:50:22 PM »
Seriously I cant even think of one 160" buck thats come out of WA since ive been alive. There may have been or two but nothing that comes remotely close to the top 3. Was there some sort of crazy wild fire that happened in the 50s that caused amazing horn growth? Trying to come up with some sort of reasoning for it.
pretty sure a youth hunter shot a blacktail in the green river water shed about 13 years ago that scored around 160, young girl. No pics though
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Re: What did the biggest blacktail score??
« Reply #41 on: May 22, 2024, 05:15:24 PM »
What about PNWheckles buck last fall? It grossed 160. :dunno:

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Re: What did the biggest blacktail score??
« Reply #42 on: May 22, 2024, 05:16:14 PM »
And this buck was supposedly a blacktail from Facebook.

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Re: What did the biggest blacktail score??
« Reply #43 on: May 22, 2024, 05:18:44 PM »
There was a guy on here that posted several nice blacktail bucks one time and one of them was massive, meaning it had mass all the way out. And covered with those little burs that hold in the moss and bark when they rub. Anyone remember those pics? He was standing in his house holding up the racks from several different years.

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Re: What did the biggest blacktail score??
« Reply #44 on: May 22, 2024, 05:36:00 PM »
There was a guy on here that posted several nice blacktail bucks one time and one of them was massive, meaning it had mass all the way out. And covered with those little burs that hold in the moss and bark when they rub. Anyone remember those pics? He was standing in his house holding up the racks from several different years.

Yeah, I remember seeing those as well. I think it was in the as they lay thread… but, maybe not

 


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