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Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

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Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 27, 2019 •  [Post 1]

Decided to sit the top of an old walk in road clearcut tonite. It’s a nice spot where this time of year, if you’re patient (IF), you can wait till right before dark and watch for does coming out to feed and oftentimes billy buck is right behind. Very small window of opportunity but sometimes it works out; it didn’t tonight. I took a nice pic of the little Browning AB3 .243 though ;). Back after them early tomorrow; only 4 days left in the early WA rifle BT season.

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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby Swede » 10 27, 2019 •  [Post 2]

Definitely a great October day in the woods. That old buck will be there soon.
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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby 7mmfan » 10 28, 2019 •  [Post 3]

Chilly morning up there today I'm sure. They're beginning to really move, even mid day in some locations. Good luck!
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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 28, 2019 •  [Post 4]

Out again zero dark thirty tomorrow. No buck sightings today. A few more days to get it done. Brutal hike today, feeling it from top to toe.
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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby Roosiebull » 10 31, 2019 •  [Post 5]

good luck! late morning is a time a guy should be out in this weather.... glass grown up cuts with some cover, and on a hillside the sun hits early... bucks will stand up when the sun hits them, and they GLOW when they do. some of my favorite blacktail weather, and it's very common for bucks to be on their feet in the open between 10-noon.

I know it's easy to lose confidence not seeing deer first light, but often in the cold, they will stay bedded and hidden until later, and end up where they aren't supposed to in high sun....

these deer are like us, not used to this cold weather, and want to sit in the sun :D
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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 11 03, 2019 •  [Post 6]

No luck in early season; will get out in 4 day late season (14-17 NOV) and see what can be done about getting a shot.
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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby Roosiebull » 11 03, 2019 •  [Post 7]

WapitiTalk1 wrote:No luck in early season; will get out in 4 day late season (14-17 NOV) and see what can be done about getting a shot.

yeah buddy! I think my archery season starts on the 14th :mrgreen:

i took a buddy on the last day (fri) and we glassed up a nice 3x3 with a lady, it was 581yds, so we assessed the situation and made a move we thought would work... we got over there and couldn't see into where those deer were.... so close! I decided to stay high knowing it was on our way to the next spot I wanted to check, but that bit us... if we stayed low, like I normally do there, and didn't bump them, it would have worked out.... hindsight

when we started in behind the gate in the dark, he was complaining about not being in shape, so I didn't want to take him 1/2 mile out of our way, and figured if we glassed one up from the top we could get on him... oh well, fun morning in the woods anyways. a bit later we glassed up 4 does in the next spot.... not a buck in sight

that late season should be really good this year, the dates are good, and weather has kept a lot of bucks alive this season.... had it been rainy the last few days, a lot of bucks would have died.

I have a week to kill a buck with my bow, then elk season opens back up.... If I can't get a buck killed that first week, I will have to focus on elk mostly... a lot more meat on an elk if you only get one or the other.... regardless, it will be fun!
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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby Roosiebull » 11 03, 2019 •  [Post 8]

if you have time, do a little scouting around the days leading up to your late deer season. that time of year one spot can be dead, the next ridge over can be on fire (buck movement)

I sure would like some of that clear frosty weather like we have been having
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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 11 04, 2019 •  [Post 9]

Roosiebull wrote:
WapitiTalk1 wrote:No luck in early season; will get out in 4 day late season (14-17 NOV) and see what can be done about getting a shot.
That late season should be really good this year, the dates are good, and weather has kept a lot of bucks alive this season.... had it been rainy the last few days, a lot of bucks would have died.


That's what I'm hoping/thinking. Blue bird skies the last week in OCT up sure kept them cruising the chicks like they shoulda been doing. Yes, there were bucks taken for sure but not like on normal years (blacktail seem to move much more when there is some "weather"). Good luck on your hunt Roosie!
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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby Lefty » 11 07, 2019 •  [Post 10]

Love the pics

I use to hunt the south end of the Yakima area
Use to see a lot of bucks
A long hike in was my excuse For not shooting anything less than big
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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 11 08, 2019 •  [Post 11]

Checked a few cams this morning and saw this fine fellow had swung by (1930, 2 NOV). I refreshed a bait site close by (apples/sweet cob) for the does. Hopefully, I'll see this gentleman again the end of next week during the 4 day late BT season here in WA, during the day ;).

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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby Swede » 11 09, 2019 •  [Post 12]

Do you have an infrared scope RJ? If you have a friend with a good flashlight you can still get the job done. :lol:
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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 11 09, 2019 •  [Post 13]

Swede wrote:Do you have an infrared scope RJ? If you have a friend with a good flashlight you can still get the job done. :lol:


I don’t think I can operate a hunting forum in the slammer :shock: ;)
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Re: Blacktail Huntin’ 2019

Postby Lefty » 11 09, 2019 •  [Post 14]

Swede wrote:Do you have an infrared scope RJ? If you have a friend with a good flashlight you can still get the job done. :lol:


Just know RJ would b in good hands with Swedes experience :o
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