Columbia Blacktail Deer Hunting

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“I have killed many bull elk in my lifetime, but no animal has had the impact on me that this huge buck had as I looked down on him where he lay on the side of that ridge”

Lester H. Miller - World Record Typical Columbia Blacktail Deer Title Holder

Columbia Blacktail Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus)

Dive into the fascinating world of the Columbia Blacktail Deer Hunting with Shoshone Adventure Consulting. This deer, scientifically named Odocoileus hemionus columbianus, is a remarkable mule deer subspecies that stands out from its relatives, the Mule Deer and Sitka Blacktail Deer, both in physical traits and genetic makeup.

First recognized as a distinct subspecies in the early 20th century, the Columbia Blacktail Deer has evolved unique characteristics suited to its environment. Physically, they differ from mule deer in several key aspects: their smaller size, a darker and more compact body, and notably, a tail with a distinct black top, contrasting the white underside. Their antlers, usually less branched and smaller than those of mule deer, have a distinctive forward curvature.

Inhabiting the dense, wet forests and brushlands of the Pacific Coast, primarily from Northern California through Oregon to Washington, these deer have adapted to a more secretive lifestyle. This environment has shaped their behavior, making them often times less visible and more elusive than their cousins.

Hunting Columbia Blacktail Deer requires a nuanced approach, different from hunting other deer species. Shoshone Adventure Consulting offers expertly guided hunts, employing strategies such as still hunting, where stealth and patience are key, and spot-and-stalk techniques, taking advantage of the terrain and the deer's habits. Our outfitters have a deep understanding of the deer's behavior in their given guide areas and properties, including their tendency to stay close to cover and their patterns of movement during different times of the day and seasons.

When you book a Columbia Blacktail Deer hunt with us, you’re not just embarking on a hunt; you’re stepping into a unique ecosystem where these deer play a vital role. Our commitment to sustainable and ethical hunting practices ensures that we contribute to the conservation of this special subspecies and its habitat.

With Shoshone Adventure Consulting, you'll not only pursue the elusive Columbia Blacktail Deer but also gain a deeper appreciation for this unique animal and the rich ecosystems it inhabits. Book your hunt today and embark on an exceptional Columbia Blacktail Deer adventure.


California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia

hunting season

July - November

Fishing season

type of hunt

Rifle, Archery, Muzzleloader

type of fishing



California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia

hunting season

July - November

Fishing season

type of hunt

Rifle, Archery, Muzzleloader

type of fishing


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