Whitetail Deer

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Whitetail Deer Hunting, Colorado

Hunting Season:  Hunting Season: October 22nd – November 20th (Archery/Muzzleloader season is longer)

Undoubtedly the most pursued game species on the planet needs little introduction; The whitetail Deer's range expands from Canada in the North all the way down to the top of South America, there is even a good population as far south as Peru.  However without the doubt the best location for a Whitetail is North America. He is remarkably adaptable, and has such a large range that he can be pursued in ecosystems ranging from boreal forests to subtropical jungles to western deserts.
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By the turn of the 20th Century, due to heavy hunting pressure, Whitetail numbers were at a catastrophic 350,000 – 500,000. Early hunter conservationists became alarmed, and fought to introduce bag limits and seasons. Their plight was incredibly successful; in the United states alone there are an estimated 27 million Whitetail. Roughly 2 million deer are shot each year in the US; with an estimated 10 million hunters pursuing them means 80% of hunters therefore, are NOT successful on Whitetail hunts. They are a very challenging deer to pursue, making for a fantastic hunt. The big challenge for us was to work out where to hunt them. With so many options and variations we needed to find our favourite location to hunt them. The majority of Whitetail are harvested in the Eastern part of the continent, with the Mid West having good genetics and fertile soils it has been consistently producing more record book heads than are found further North & East. Deer in the South have a reputation for being considerably smaller.
With the huge popularity of Whitetail hunting, and the very limited rifle season, for the foreign hunter, a hunt on public land would not be viable. Very few mature trophy’s are harvested, that combined with a high failure rate due to the difficulty of Whitetail hunting and the abundance of hunters, meant that we will only hunt Whitetail on private land with 100% draw odds and thus far have had 100% success rates on the hunt, securing some superb trophies.

The Whitetail deer is a wary animal that relies on a keen sense of smell, excellent hearing and eyesight to avoid danger. The deer is aptly named because of the white “flag” on his tail that he shows as he disappears, averting the hunter. Living in groups for added safety for the majority of the year, they are quite a vocal deer, playing an array of grunts and snorts in aggression and rut, and of course that all too familiar whistle indicating that you have been foiled, and pursuit must resume on another day.

As bucks become older, it is said that they become more nocturnal thereby making it harder to shoot during daylight hours. In a species as commonly pursued as Whitetail, the big mature bucks get old, because they have more sense than their peers. Redemption for the hunter however comes in that he is very territorial; it has been said that a whitetail spends his entire life within an 8 mile radius, perhaps using the same bed in a thick piece of cover for months or even years. In the rut bucks do tend do wander more and certainly become more active.

Due to the open desert environment that we will be hunting ,The Deer will tend to spend most of their time in the heaviest cover available, this does allow opportunities for close shots and good stalking, however a lot of hunting will be done out of high seats or blinds. Like many deer species, they are most active in the morning and evenings, so prime hunting times will be at first and last light. Like Mule Deer,  the most successful hunting method is to locate your target animal in the morning simply watching his movements. If a stalk is not possible, you wait for him to bed, before getting yourself into position and waiting for him to move again. The ground cover is very thick in some of the locations that you will be hunting, and it is amazing how these beautiful animals can just disappear.  They are a truly challenging adversary.
There is also an option to harvest Pronghorn Antelope, Mule Deer & Coyote on this hunt.

To hunt trophy Whitetail, with an average of 150, contact Real Big 5 on
+44 7977150104
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