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Offline dylanb

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Re: Buck tags - Blacktail
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2024, 07:06:28 PM »
i drew a buck tag last year, got blessed with 60 degrees and sunshine but the rut is a special time. shot my buck the first day around noon chasing a doe. wish i could of hunted it longer. and i still have my quality points!

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Re: Buck tags - Blacktail
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2024, 07:32:33 PM »
Now thatís a cool buck!

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Re: Buck tags - Blacktail
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2024, 09:38:39 PM »
Iíve had one draw tag for archery blacktail in 2013 that I pulled with a friend. We both harvested 4 days into the hunt, me on a non-typical 4x4 and him on an old 3x3. I havenít applied since because Iím building points for mule deer hunts.

My advice for these tags is that just pulling the tag isnít enough, you need to have historical knowledge of the area to consistently take mature bucks. Iíve identified core rut zones that have been unchanged for 10-20 years in some areas. I can put a camera there October 31 through November 15th and catch good bucks consistently working these spots during peak rut, sometimes 10+ legal bucks a day.

Where itís different for me, is that during general rifle I still see a lot of cruising and find the deer are more responsive to calling. In a 600 acre area I may have 8-10 stand locations to work depending on wind and time-of-day. Come November 1st through the 12th that same 600 acres will be narrowed down to 1-2 spots which Iíll sit on for the whole day.

One area in particular Iíve taken 5 bucks on, all within an 300 yard zone. I can go to this spot for an all day sit any day in October and be lucky to see one good buck. Go back to this same spot November 5-10 and itís a madhouse, literally almost been run over by bucks chasing does while taking film. For me these tags allow you to hunt mature bucks that are usually nocturnal in their most vulnerable state, and with next to no pressure.

My caution would be that just because you draw these tags doesnít mean you can fly blind into a unit and stumble upon crazy rut action (but hey it happens). With some knowledge of an area and scouting these tags can turn what normally is a decent hunt, into a memorable experience hunting one of the toughest critters to connect on.

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Re: Buck tags - Blacktail
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2024, 09:39:43 PM »
Archery draw tag 2013

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Re: Buck tags - Blacktail
« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2024, 09:56:43 PM »
2020 general season buck taken November 1st, last day of the season. This was the only year I can remember when the general season ran past the 31st, this buck was shot and died within 50 yards of my draw tag from 2013

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Re: Buck tags - Blacktail
« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2024, 05:04:15 AM »
Nice buck but as the advancement of cougars and wolves travel west those types of bucks will be harder to come by
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