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Columbia blacktail pictures and age gues
Last year I was fortunate to be invited by a friend to go to Oregon to hunt blacktail, we hunted diy on a large piece of private ground, during November.
This was my first time hunting or seeing a Columbia blacktail. For 2 days we tried unsuccessfully to glass clear cuts to try to find a buck to stalk. It was very warm and dry, and deer sightings were limited to a couple does.
On the second day I found a well worn trail with a couple fresh rubs on it. The trail was on a log road that had been cut out, but had grown back over from not being used. I found a large pine tree on the up hill side of the road on the very edge of the bank, standing at the base of the tree was about the same effect as being in a tree stand. I stood over the trail for a couple hours that evening, then put a camera up on the way out. I planned to go back the next day and sit on the trail all day, figuring that a well worn trail during the rut was as good place as any.
When I went back in the morning I checked the camera and was happy to see a buck picture on it. I wasn't planning on being to picky, looking for a legal buck.
I borrowed the old school chair from the cabin that we were staying in for my planned all day sit. This is the view from the trail up to where I was watching from. I covered the chair with my jacket so it didn't stand out quite as much.
Here is the view from the "stand" to the trail.
After sitting for most of the morning and seeing quail and several of the very large squirrels that live there, I heard walking in the dry leaves that sounded a bit different than squirrel sounds. I looked towards the sound and was very surprised to see a racked buck quickly moving towards me on the trail. I quickly field judged him, as "big enough". By the time I clipped my realease on the string he was getting close, I drew and mouth grunted as I hit my anchor. He stopped at 14 yards, nearly straight down from me.
As the arrow struck him , both front legs went out from under him and he made a few pushes with his back legs, the last push launched him over the edge of the road down the very steep bank on the other side. After waiting a few minutes I went and looked and could see him laying dead. I sent a text to my friend asking him for help and the spool of rope we had brought with us.
My age guess based on rack and body size was a bit off, what is your guess?
I killed a small 2x3 that was 4.5 years old, tiny little guy! I may be way off, but I would say 5.5 - 6.0 years old. Maybe older since he is so grey??? If I am wrong, it won't be the first time today:)
After I saw the teeth, I adjusted my guess, but was still off a bit.
From deerage.com, 11.5 years old
That doesn't surprise me based on the grey in the face. My largest blacktail was 10.5 and a guy on our lease killed one aged at 12.5. I killed another I did not age but had to be 11.5-13.5 based purely on how many years we had been seeing that buck.
Congrats on your buck Gene!
Wow! Amazing they can get that old!
Wow! Congrats on a great buck!
Never would have guessed anywhere close to that! Wow!
Great hunt and buck! Congrats!
Aging the teeth tells a deers survival skills/luck and adds greatly to the trophy. Congrats!
Does anybody know what these slug looking things are? Saw a few of them in damp, shaded areas.
Wow, ancient, I would have never guessed even close to that.
The slug is a leopard slug.
Amazing trophy! Congrats!
banana slug, pretty common and get bigger.
Nice buck Gene and an ancient one! Congratulations!
I also was surprised when my bio-buddy aged a tooth off a nice chunky fork horn I shot on Texada Island, BC at 5-1/2. I had him at 3-1/2 based on the nice body and small rack.
Congrats! Great Blacktail. I grew up in Oregon chasing those grey ghosts.