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C Zone Blacktail

By Dusty Clement
10/03/14 -- This hunt started last year when I discovered an out-of-the-way piece of public property which is very difficult to access taking a boat and a fair amount of hiking through the Sacramento River jungle to reach. I hunted this area several times last year and while I saw many deer and passed on two smaller bucks, I always had the feeling that this area had a lot of promise for a true bruiser. It was a perfect funnel point where deer moved through the area to and from feeding, bedding and watering areas. I also felt this was an area which deer would be pushed into as a result of hunting pressure in surrounding areas.

I again got a tag for this year and for early summer. I had set up several trail cameras and got lots of pictures throughout the summer months, revealing many small bucks and one decent 3 point buck. I didn't hunt opening weekend due to hunting in the B zones, but when I saw the weather report for the following week my excitement started to build as a storm was forecast and I knew a change in weather was just what I needed to get the deer moving.

On Wednesday evening I patiently waited for the rain which never came. Lulled to sleep by the quiet, I awoke at 4:15 a.m. to a steady drizzle falling outside. I got ready and headed to my hunting area during a torrential downpour that completely soaked me. After about an hour journey through the rain and river jungle I reached my hunting location.

Winded and waterlogged, I quickly set up a pop-up ground blind, shed my drinched outerwear, and settled in.

I set up in the blind early, anxiously awaiting my window of opportunity. Shooting time came and went, having heard only some early morning turkey calls and a nearby coyote.

Nearly an hour ticked by, and then I saw it; a whitish gray patch 50 yards in front of the blind that looked out of place. I focused in with my binoculars and realized that it was the head and upper neck of a huge buck who seemed to be staring straight back at me. I didn't see him come in but there he was. His head and upper neck were exposed, but the rest of his body was obscured by a log.

I quickly decided I couldn't let this opportunity pass and raised the shotgun putting the crosshair on the throat area of his neck and pulled the trigger. The gun went off but I was unsure if I had hit the target. I began to excitedly walk to the location I had last seen the buck. When I got to about 15 yards away I could see the buck lying there, dropped in his tracks. I couldn't believe it. This old buck had it all; a beautiful 4x5 with massive bases I couldn't close my hands around, a whitish gray coat, Roman nose, and a great tall rack to go with it.

I quickly gave a few victory hollers and proceeded to call and recruit my friends to help drag the buck out of the jungle and over to the boat. Once they arrived it took us about an hour and a half to drag the heavy buck over, under and through the brush and riparian jungle and back to the boat. The buck had about an inch of fat covering its entire back and ended up dressing at over 135 pounds. This was truly a great hunt I will not forget and a true trophy blacktail to help tell the story!

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mountain lion on rocky edge, photo courtesy of UDWR and Carrie Wilson, CA DFW
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