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How to Hunt Mountain Blacktails

The blacktail is a special deer that lives in special places.

How to Hunt Mountain Blacktails

I’ve been fortunate to harvest numerous blacktail deer, including this mature buck, by still-hunting old-growth timber.

The twilight illuminated what is probably my favorite place. Heaven on Earth. The palace of old-growth Douglas fir gleamed with a vibrant, chilling frost. Whenever I’ve hunted here, I’ve always marveled at the natural beauty of the towering trees that seem to hold memories of times gone by. In many ways, the best part of hunting here now is remembering the extraordinary experiences I’ve been blessed with in exceptional places like it. These memories are etched into my mind, like the passing of rock against stone, carving a mental petroglyph.

It was November 21 — opening day of the late archery blacktail deer season in Oregon. I was sneaking along slowly...

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