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How To Get Started Bowhunting Blacktails

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by daiello91, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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  2. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Hahaha yeah right,
    That's why I drive a half mile down the road at sun up and kill a deer on the first day of bow season.
    Or go out in my back yard and do the same.

    The best advise for bow hunting is to buy your bow NOW and shoot as much as your shoulder will let you.
    You tube has tons of pointers on archery,actually harvesting a deer isn't that hard.

    Oh yeah,you can't eat horns,lol
  3. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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    While I agree, and I'm sure the author will agree, that shooting your bow often is great advice.

    Based on the deer population and overall success rate, blacktail deer hunting is not as easy as you claim it to be.


    13% Overall success rate for blacktail deer archery.

    13% doesn't = "isn't that hard"


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  4. M67

    M67 NW Oregon Active Member

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    1-029-1.jpg I rifle hunted Blacktails for many years, then I switched to handgun hunting for them to have more of a challenge, since I rarely had to take a shot from more than 20 - 30 yards.
    My father wanted to get into archery, so I archery hunted with dad for 7 years, before I went back to using firearms.

    Blacktail hunting is easy, if you spend enough time in the woods to learn where the deer will be, what travel routes they take, bedding areas, etc... Scouting is the key to success, if your hunting with a firearm or a bow.

    I am always scouting old areas I have hunted in the past and to look for new areas to hunt. I have been scouting with my sons, since school has been out and we have had a lot of luck so far.
    This area has deer running all over the place, but they have funnel areas that they travel through on a regular basis to get from their bedding area to the area they feed in.

    This is a dandy 5x4 that we spotted on his way back to his bedding area 2 days ago. This buck had my son drooling at the mouth!

    In this area we have seen 4 bucks that are large enough to harvest, come hunting season.

    We will continue to scout more areas right up to hunting season.
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  5. Vanillagerrilla

    Vanillagerrilla Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I want to get into bow hunting as well, but no one I know hunts anymore.
    It would be great to partner up with some folks and learn whatever someone is willing to teach.
  6. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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    Vanillagerrilla, I suggest messaging members that hunt on here and other forums or attend local hunting chapter meetings. There are definitely people out there willing to mentor, you just have to find them.

    Good luck!
  7. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Black tail hunting is easy? Lol!!!,!,