Blacktail Wa?

The Ri Guy

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Anybody hunted BT with a lever gun?

Looking to get into BT hunting and really need an excuse to buy a lever gun...normally I'm a Muley guy and the .308 is definitely not set-up for jungle hunting.
 

roosiebull

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Anybody hunted BT with a lever gun?

Looking to get into BT hunting and really need an excuse to buy a lever gun...normally I'm a Muley guy and the .308 is definitely not set-up for jungle hunting.
a 308 is a great blacktail cartridge, unless it's a big heavy long range rig or something. i have a friend who uses a 30-30 with a leupold scout scope on it, he kills the heck out of bucks with it (and big spring bears every year) it's not a handicap to him.

not all BT are killed at spitting distance though, you have lots of opportunity in clearcuts and even big 2nd growth timber you can see a ways in
 

TimberPhantom

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Anybody hunted BT with a lever gun?

Looking to get into BT hunting and really need an excuse to buy a lever gun...normally I'm a Muley guy and the .308 is definitely not set-up for jungle hunting.
While I usually carry a scoped rifle for the occasional longer shot, I can tell you that a lever gun would have been ideal for 80% of the blacktail I've taken. If I ever go back to rifle hunting for them it will be with a 30-30.
 

chadcharb

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Got lucky on a healthy young buck. With the last few days of late archery looming over me I managed to get within 25 yards of this guy.
 

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The Two Blacktail deer I have killer where both around 50 yards. One with a muzzleloader and the other with a 20 gauge bolt action savage shotgun. 30-30 would be perfect for the timber or smaller cuts!
 

The Ri Guy

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I'm getting the hell out of King Co and moving to Lake Stevens.

Think I might put my efforts into Blacktail for 2021, gotta be deer around there!
 

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Not a WA guy but am interested in hunting there. I am usually the odd guy out on these equipment threads because I hunt with a handgun. I usually hunt with a T/C Encore Pro-Hunter in 30/06 but have also killed Blackies with a Savage Striker in .308 Winchester; a Remington XP-100 in .35 Remington; an SSK Contender in .358 JDJ; and Encores in .35 Whelen Improved and .25 /06. If I had to choose one it would be the 30.06 Pro Hunter. I killed my biggest blacktail last year with the .35 Whelen Improved. Never give up and success will find you. The majority of the Blacktails I have taken were killed on the last hour of the hunt.
 

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Dhamar

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New to black tails here in Washington. Lots of sign in different places this year but never in the right place at the right time. I’ll be looking for a place to hang a tree stand next year.
 

pdrake

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caught in a rut zone with a doe and some satellite bucks.
Just in case you guys don't know, Sundance is a Wizard. He can turn a regular blacktail into a monster. I have seen this happen too many times.
 
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