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I posted this on the "dark side" but I know a lot of you guys don't go over there so here it goes...

 

I was hunting Blacktail Deer in northern California 3 1/2 hrs north of San Francisco.

When I arrived at the ranch I was informed that deer numbers were way down and hopes of shooting a "book" buck may be tuff.

 

I set a goal of taking all five species of North American deer a couple of years ago ( Whitetail..Muledeer...Coues..Columbian Blacktail..and Sitka Blacktail.. and to add a little more of a challenge to it I wanted them all to meet Pope and Young minimum scores.

 

I hunted California two years ago but never had an opportunity at a buck I wanted to take. Hopefully this trip would be different.

 

As of now there are only 10 Bowhunters listed in Pope and young who have taken all 5 and entered them into the record book. My friend Rich that who's ranch I was hunting is one of those guys...Here are his 5

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Being 10 or so miles from the Pacific ocean made fog a daily occurrence...

Also bear and hog sign was everywhere but in three days of hunting neither was spotted

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I woke up the first morning with a hacking cough and the heel of my right foot cracked 2 1/2 inches long and a 1/2 inch deep...in other words...painful.....

I refuse to post a pic of my foot if you wanna see go to the "Darkside"

 

Any way ...the first two days of hunting were slow with only a couple borderline bucks spotted.

On the third day I needed to break out my secret weapon....when I got dressed I put on "The Shirt" under my camo.

 

Long story short...about 930 on the 3rd day we spotted a real good mature buck rutting a doe and chasing off satellite bucks in a thick bedding area. I followed the group untill I was able to get a 35 yard shot at the buck who crashed 100 yards away after the hit.

 

He ended up with a gross score of just about 100" and nets 98 and change placing him into Pope and Young

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These are the four species I've taken so far...the Blacktail above...A NJ Whitetail...A Wy Muley and an AZ. Coues....Next stop is Alaska for Sitka Blacktail...

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Nice storyline and set of pics Mark! :up:

I don't know much about Coues deer, except they generally run smaller in antler size than say whitetails or muleys. From the ones I've seen taken on TV, the one you got there looks pretty exceptional. That's quite big for a Coues no?

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Nice bucks... Interesting accomplishment.. something i might consider doing, or try to do,  if i ever get PY white tail... :cupcoffee:

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Yeah the coues deer is a monster.

 

Great representations of all the subspecies so far Mark. 

 

Congrats!!! I didn't read it all yet, but got the gist....I'll read it when I get home...hopefully I'll be tired from youth day buck dragging. ;) hahaha

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excellent, congrats...well deserved !!!! Did DeerMaster teach you how to hunt?  :stirring:

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WOW, that's so cool.  Great buck and best of luck with Alaska and you Sitka Blacktail.   :up:

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That is one good looking blactail! Congrats! Way to get it done.

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Not sure I ever wrote up a finale about Sitka deer but a year but a year or so after this hunt I went to Kodiak island and took a good P and Y Sitka blacktail...a dead phone and heavy rains that ruined my camera kept me from getting any dead deer pics but He’s the second deer from the left...

What made me drag this up from the dead post graveyard?

I was on Bowsite and one of the guys was talking about deer slams it turns out there are only 15 or so listed in P and Y and I was feeling rather fortunate...

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Double post

Can a mod delete the first darker pic plzz ty

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Congrats on taking all of the P&Y animals for your slam! :up:

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