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Stealthy, wary, and used to being hunted, the Columbian blacktail lives up to its nickname: “the Ghost of the Pacific.” In its northern range, even expert hunters can potentially return home with empty hands. This outfitter offers 100% opportunity rate. If you want a good chance at a trophy buck, you should go blacktail deer hunting in California.
About 1.5 million Columbian blacktail deer live along the Pacific coast, stretching from mule deer territory in central California to the Sitka deer range in British Columbia. In California, SCI considers deer part of this subspecies if taken north of Highway 126 and west of I-5.
Other distinctive features include the all-black top of the tail and a noticeably different pattern of antler growth. It will stand apart as a unique addition to your trophy room. This deer is required for the North America 29 Grand Slam.
Our blacktail deer outfitters base their hunts in the canyons of California. They provide in-field transportation via Jeeps and ATVs, so most expeditions don’t require exceptional physical fitness. You just need to be ready for some light hiking.
Since you may need to shoot across some big canyons, you should practice your marksmanship beforehand. You may get a shot on a serious trophy buck more than 250 yards away. With that said, the guides can reliably get their hunters within 100 yards under most circumstances.
A flat-shooting rifle will serve you well at these ranges. A .270 or a .30-caliber will easily do the job.
One thing you must come prepared to deal with is the heat. Hunts begin in mid-September and end in late October, and in the early part of the season, 100-degree days are not uncommon.
Hunts last five days and typically feature two guides for each hunter. To date, these hunts have had 100% opportunity rates.
You will stay in a rustic two-story cabin with showers and toilets, but no electricity. Bring your own sleeping bag, toiletries, and beer, and the outfitter will provide the rest.
These hunts cost $8,000 per hunter. You will need to pay 50% upfront in order to book your hunt, and the remainder will be due no less than 60 days before your hunt begins.
Going Columbia blacktail deer hunting in California will give you excellent odds of adding the Ghost of the Pacific to your trophy collection. Book your hunt before this year sells out!
$8,000 per hunter
Lodging and meals during your hunt.
Basic field dressing to prepare your trophy for transportation to the taxidermist and/or butcher
Transportation between the lodge and the hunting areas.
California hunting license and blacktail deer tag.
Transportation to and from the airport in Sacramento (about 250 miles—available for an extra fee).
Tips for the guides and staff.
The Columbia Blacktail Deer is one of the required trophy species of the North America 29 and Super Slam of North American Big Game®.
Global Sporting Safaris accepts payment by business check and personal check, as well as by Bitcoin. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard credit card payments are also accepted, but they do incur a surcharge of 3.5% in addition to the price listed in our Columbia Blacktail deer hunts trips above.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot. In some cases, we can split your deposit into 3 payments, please inquire. Global Sporting Safaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be sighed and returned. All hunts are in U.S. dollars. Final 50% payment is due no less than 75 days prior to your hunt date. Trips booked within 75 days of arrival require payment in full. Total costs of the hunt are fixed. There will be no refunds for any hunter leaving early. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.
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