Trinity Alps Deer Hunt

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  1. SES50

    SES50 Well-Known Member

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    So the trip came up on a whim with my brother in law calling me up saying he was coming out to California from New York and wanted to go hunting for Black Tail. Two buddies and I have been hunting this ranch that I have been hunting for 12 years now and so far this year we have not seen anything. So, when the brother in law called we decided that we need to try out a different area that might give a little better success than where we have been hunting.

    We decided to head up to the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area which is about three hours north west of Redding. The group comprised of my wife (Michelle), our 17 month old daughter (Sierra), one of my hunting buddies (Don) and my brother in law (Chuck). This was going to be my daughter’s first camping trip as well. We were camping around 5500 ft elevation and when we got up there found out we were camped pretty much at the snow line. We all got to bed Friday night around 10:30 but could tell it was going to be a cold night. Sierra did great that night and the three guys got up around 5:30 and left camp around 6:00. With about a half hour hike up to 6500 ft we made it to the top of the ridge and this big burn we were going to hunt for the best sunrise I have seen in a long time.

    We spread out a little and walked the ridge to a spot where we figured we would sit and glass for a while. As we got close to our spot I looked over the ridge down the east side to see what was there and saw a large field of short Manzanita type pushes. I made a mental note to look back over there before we left the spot. We sat down and had some breakfast and glassed for a while. Saw a couple of does here and there and then decide we would do a drive down and over a couple of ridges to see if we could catch something out in the open feeding.

    Oh, but wait. I wanted to check the field on the east side now that the sun was hitting it. I looked over the side and did a quick glassing and saw a doe with here but to me. I saw the branches in front of her but they were odd looking and did not spread out like your typical antlers. I looked over at the two guys and gave them the sign that there was a doe over the other side. I looked back and took a closer look and noticed that those branches seemed to move with the head of the deer I was looking at and they seemed pretty big for a black tail. I looked at Chuck and said it is a buck and I think he is a monster. Chuck said to Don that I had a buck over here and it was pretty big, and Don’s response was, Sherman already said it was a doe and he continue to glass his side of the hill.

    I ended up popping down the hill to this little out cropping and sat down. Eye balled the distance around 250 yards pulled up with the 300 WM encore and pulled the trigger. I was shocked that he did not go down as this was a pretty easy shot with him quartered away from me at this point. He did make a move and went down the hill about 10 feet and then turned toward me. So, I reloaded and shot again. This time he flipped over backward and was down in the brush. That was more of the reaction I suspected for the 200 grain TSX’s. I had them stay up on the hill to keep an eye on the spot while I went down to check out my latest kill.

    When I got down there I was pleasantly surprised that my shooting was not as bad as I had thought it was. I had hit him both time the first shot totally blowing out the shoulder that was close to me and the second shot going through the chest, through a lung and breaking the back far leg between the knee and hoof. The drag was easy as we were on the camp side of this big ridge and we were back in camp a half hour later.

    Don and Chuck went back out hunting that day and I dogged for them the following day and kick up a big fork that neither of them were able to get a shot at. All in all it was a great weekend for myself and even though not a long shot I am still happy with the buck I dropped.

    Oh, and a couple people so far have said why didn’t you let your brother in law shoot the buck since he came all the way out here from New York. Well, I saw it first and he has shot decent white tail bucks that were coming straight for my tree stand in New York but he just happened to see them first. First come first serve.

    Well here are some pictures from the trip. All in all it was a great weekend to have my daughter out on her first trip. The photo of her and I did not come out as good as I would have liked but it is good enough.

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  2. SES50

    SES50 Well-Known Member

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    How do I get the pictures to show up and not be links?
     

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  4. mikebob

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    just left click the img code , then put curser back in reply box ,right click and paste. It works a little better if you resize your pictures to 640-480.
     
  5. SES50

    SES50 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your help
     
  6. mikebob

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    your welcome

    Its nice to see the kids out there with ya
     
  7. Ridge Runner

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    now I know almost nothing about blacktails, but from what I've saw, thats a nice one.
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  8. SES50

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    Black Tails are a subspecies of Mule deer and out of the three main species I have hunted they seam to be the most challenging. They do not pattern like white tail and they seam better at evation than Mule deer. This is not the biggest one I have shot from a antler width point of view but he is a pretty heavy above average deer.

    Thanks
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  9. BrandonA

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    Nice lookin deer, I like the mass on his left side, you should check out mine I posted earlier this year... We are the few, the proud, the blacktail hunters... :D

    And actually Mule Deer are a subspecies of Blacktail from what I've read... Whitetails came to west coast and evolved into blacktail, then the mating of a whitetail and the blacktail brought the muley!
     
  10. SES50

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    Thanks, I am glad there is someone else here that can appreciate the Black Tail.

    Hey that is good to know. Are you hunting around Sac or are you heading into the hills.

    That is a really nice buck that you posted. He is really wide. What did he measure out to be in width?
     
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  11. edge

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    Very cute picture with your daughter, but those deer must have air instead of meat! Just kneeling on it you squeezed it down to nothing, must make them easy to pack out :)

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  12. Plinker

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    Cute Picture

    Nice shot with your daughter. What memories are made of.
     
  13. BrandonA

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    It was up in the hills... What zone is Trinity Alps in? B? Have you ever hunted in the X zones? I've always wanted to come up into your world in the B zones to hunt you might have me stalking you next year hehe... I'm still pretty new to hunting Northern California I've only hunted X3B once and was out of my realm there... Those type of bucks pretty typical up there if you put your time in?
     
  14. SES50

    SES50 Well-Known Member

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    That is a good one! :)


    B Zone. I hunted, I think it was X1 (Modoc County) with my parents like 20 years ago but have not been back up there since. I got that life time hunting licence so I have now started putting in for more draws. At current I a trying to get into that M11 late season Muzzle Loader hunt in the B zones.

    We usually hunt west of Red Bluff and that is hot dry lots of walking type hunting where most of the deer you see are becuase you kicked them out of thier beds. We had scouted this area of Trinity two years ago when one of my buddies got drawn for elk up there. While he was hunting up there for elk he saw a bunch of deer and started telling us that we should there for deer. We are use to really hiking and putting in the miles, but this was first morning I hunted and we had only walked about a mile. I am sold on the area am planning to go back up there next year. I saw one guy pull a 24" wide 6x4 out of there that he took at 610 yards. I am thinking there is some good potential for some really long shots across some of the burns in that area.

    If we are heading up there you are more than welcome to tag along. The only issue with the area is it is about 3 hours to the past the drive to the standard hunting area. It makes it harder to pull off a weekend going there. You almost need at least four days to make the trip worth wild.

    Unless you shoot and nice deer the first morning. :)