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Why go out hunting Blacktail......

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Grizzly_A, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    ...when they are in your backyard, eating your flowers, roses, strawberries, apples, pears, grapes and tulips?

    I've got a mature doe, 2 2yr old does, and a 2yr old spike buck (small) pursuing them.

    I've got a hair tag for my backyard, the question is:

    Should I fill the tag now, or wait till they are all impregnated?
     
  2. coyote223

    coyote223 NW Oregon Stamp Collector,,,

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    Shoot it now, why wait?


    I've never understood, why Oregon makes you wait until the last half of the general season to shoot a doe? If your buck hunting, that's when you want to watch the does, not kill them. :confused:
     
  3. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    are you refering to shooting the buck after to does are inpregnated ?

    i would say if your wanting to insure future deer then wait although there may be a bigger buck out waiting . i take it with a hair tag you can shoot a spike?
     
  4. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    Yes, I can tag either gender regardless of size. The does would be tender and the buck is young enough that he would be tender too.

    The fact they eat just about everything generally has been a frustration. The doe and 2yr olds we have watched grow since they had their spots. Cute at that age, but it's hard to have your roses and tulips eaten to the ground.
     
  5. ratso

    ratso NE Portland New Member

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    I have a rule when it comes to killing deer. I don't shoot anything that weighs less than my wife. Shooting spikes is like shooting doggies.
     
  6. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    That is a good rule. Is that dressed out or not? :) But they can't be to old either. Then even the ground venison is tough.
     
  7. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Don't wait too long. I had a nice buck show up in my back yard in the middle of the day on the last Thursday of last season. I waited about 15 minutes to finish what I was doing and then he was gone. :(
     
  8. Shawn the Locksmith

    Shawn the Locksmith The Dalles, Or Member

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    A spike in the freezer is a sure thing and Great Eatin too :D
    There's plenty of bucks to go around to take care of the does.
    It's a good chance that that spike was one of her's anyways. Spread the gene pool. The next time you see a spike with the girls, he could be much bigger. Just a thought
     
  9. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    Yep, same thing happened to me last season. I didn't take the opportunity and then I never saw them again until well after the season had ended.
     
  10. SDR

    SDR Clackamas County, Oregon Silver Vendor Silver Vendor

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    My family and I harvest Blacktails every year, I have never had a tough steak from a Blacktail, Particularly hamburger... Must be the way it is being cooked...
    If you kill a spike, You will have about enough meat for a couple bowls of chili...
    I would guess at the butchers hanging about fifty pounds, Then subtract about 20% of the weight for bone, Yep, a couple bowls of chili...:thumbup:

    These are good eats...:thumbup:

    3buckfight.jpg
     
  11. Celtic Armory

    Celtic Armory Port Orchard, WA Member

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    I'm hoping to tag this guy in my yard in late archery season. This pic is from last year. We've seen the does and fawns this year, but haven't seen this guy yet. I'm hoping he wasn't bagged last year.
    blacktail.jpg
     
  12. SDR

    SDR Clackamas County, Oregon Silver Vendor Silver Vendor

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    Grunt, Tine tickling Rattle's, Estrus Doe... He will be yours...:thumbup:
    Send Me a Picture...
     
  13. amcardon

    amcardon Mustang, OK Member

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    All you guys with deer in the backyard... Anybody need me to come get one with a bow during the late hunt? :D
     
  14. 9MilMan

    9MilMan Milwaukie Active Member

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    Deer population definately seems to be on the rise. Have 3 or 4 does living in the woods behind my house. They often eat the apples falling from my trees right in the front yard. This year we have a young buck as well for the first time.
     
  15. usmc

    usmc oregon Active Member

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    as for me, i'd rather get a mature buck and let the little fella's get big.never quite understood shooting something when all you get is 50 lbs of meat or less.no one in the US lives completely off the land, and they dont have any reason not to hold off for a bigger animal.if bragging and just wanting to fill your tag is your goal,then to each his own.as for does, i'd shoot them beginning of the season so they dont get a little deer started in the womb. dont need to take 2 lives for 1.
     
  16. johnboy

    johnboy Hillsboro Member

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    They get in the orchards too...
     
  17. amcardon

    amcardon Mustang, OK Member

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    Man, I would be pleased as punch with a blacktail like that!
     
  18. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Since many of you are describing deer in your yards and property I would like to know if any of you have ever tried fishing for Deer. This little known but effective method of getting a Deer takes all the hassle out of getting up early, scouting, long walks etc. It works like this, Fabricate a large fish hook out of a section of 1/2" round cold roll and sharpen the "hook" end. Hang this in a tree by a length of chain about 3' above the average head height of the deer in your area. Since Deer love apples (and this works really well wherever apple trees are abundant as deer, especially Whitetails, love apples) stab several apples on the hook as bait. Do this in the late afternoon/early evening when Deer like to feed and leave the area. Come back early the next morning and you will have a Deer hanging from your hook. Works every time.