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Old 07-05-2011, 08:45 PM
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Where is the best location in B-zone to hunt for deer?
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:55 AM
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Where is the best location in B-zone to hunt for deer?
I hunted deer in CA back in the mid-80's/90's and I wish I had some great advice for ya on where to go. About the only thing I can say is look at the harvest information for recent years and then after you pick which zone you're going to be in, get as FAR from any road as you realistically can. If you hike in even a mile, you'll have left 80% of the road hunters behind. Also, if you are out there scouting before season and seeing deer in certain areas, from the roads, do NOT expect to see those deer once the trucks start rolling in and camps get set up.

One of the other tactics we used to use, when we couldn't pack in and camp, was to look for areas that were clear-cut 2-3 years earlier. Scout around the edges of these clearings, especially at the lowest elevation spots, looking for trails coming into the field. Sometimes you'll get lucky and find an area that most people just drive right on by, looking for better hunting at the end of the road. We found one such area just east of Nevada City (D3, I think?) that lots of hunters passed up on their way higher into the mountains. Between my dad, uncle and myself, we harvested 7 deer in 5 years, which was a really high success rate, for California. Then, the fields got too grown up and didn't offer the low browse deer were looking for, so they moved on. We did too, but never again found clear-cuts that weren't being over-hunted. Around '95 I started hunting Wisconsin each fall and lost a lot of motivation for hunting the blistering hot seasons CA schedules each year.

Another possible approach is to look for areas where the forest service has closed a bunch of their logging roads to vehicle traffic. Some guys are even using mountain bikes on areas like that to get back into fairly remote areas. The only bad thing is if you get a deer way back in there, you've got to work your butt off to get it out before the meat spoils. Not a lot of fun.
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:24 AM
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Where is the best location in B-zone to hunt for deer?
I had a Girlfriend that lived out in Mendocino County along the coast. She was always telling me that there were lots of Deer in Mendocino National Forest. Never hunted out there but I would think the Deer Species would be Blacktail Deer with a few Mule Deer in the area. Not certain if this is in zone "B".
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Well I had a long message but it wouldn't let me post it for some reason but anyway thank you both for the help. Lots of information and now I deffinetly know what to look for. I've been hunting for a couple years and still haven't even fired a shot! It's getting annoying but hopefully I'll get one this year! Thank you agai
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Well I had a long message but it wouldn't let me post it for some reason but anyway thank you both for the help. Lots of information and now I deffinetly know what to look for. I've been hunting for a couple years and still haven't even fired a shot! It's getting annoying but hopefully I'll get one this year! Thank you agai
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I wish you the best of luck, because in California, you'll really need it! The "success" rate there is one of the worst in the country, with many areas lower than 20%, and that takes into account all of the really good hunters or the guys on really good land. I hunted parts of 17 seasons in CA and only harvested 4 deer. I bowhunted there at least 5 of those years and never did get a CA deer with a bow. The bow hunting success rate, last I checked, was right around 2%!

I hunted with one guy who had gone out almost every year for over 25 years and had shot just 1 buck, although he did get two more in the years we hunted together. If I lived in CA again, I'd just plan trips to other states for deer and focus on the excellent fishing and waterfowl hunting the Golden State has to offer.
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Yeah the success rate sucks. Luckily for me though I live by some of the best zones in the state(in my opinion). My dad and older brother have both taken quite a few deer in the past years. What zones did you hunt when you were in California? Califonia definetlu does have great fishing and waterfoul hunting which is nice. I'm looking forward to waterfowl season and the salmon/steelhead runs!
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:37 PM
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Yeah the success rate sucks. Luckily for me though I live by some of the best zones in the state(in my opinion). My dad and older brother have both taken quite a few deer in the past years. What zones did you hunt when you were in California? Califonia definetlu does have great fishing and waterfoul hunting which is nice. I'm looking forward to waterfowl season and the salmon/steelhead runs!
I hunted D3 and D6, mostly. Also hunted a couple years of archery up north, by lake Almanor (?) which was some pretty country, but only saw one legal buck and he caught me as I was trying to get in bow range. If your dad and brother will be helping with where to go and how to hunt, you'll do better than most. It just stinks that CA refuses to manage their herd properly. If they'd harvest some does and get the buck:doe ratio back to a reasonable number, you'd still see a lot of deer, but a whole lot more bucks. It's dumb to not harvest ANY does, when they are part of the same renewable resource.
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I hunt the B zones around Fort Jones and farther south on the West side of Hull Mountain. I've done about 50% in both places. Could do better at Hull Mountain, but I can never get anyone I'm with to cooperate on a hunt. Lots of bear in both places, but I've seen the most big ones at Hull Mountain. If you want to look at Hull Mountain, it's just North of Lake Pillsbury, and extends into Boardman Ridge. We camp at Chipmunk Springs, and hunt down to Rattlesnake Springs for the opener. Then we hunt down the East side or wherever we feel like. Be aware that the creek that runs out of Chipmunk Springs is the Northern Border of a game refuge, and the road in from Pillsbury is the Western border up near the top. The road is usually pretty bad from Pillsbury so we go in from Willows. Coming from Covelo is good too, if you're on the West side.
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I know where you're talking about uncle paddy. 50% is pretty good. What kind of bucks are you getting? I usually hunt kinda all over the place, not really where you're talking about but a little north of there and around bald mt. I've seen decent bucks in bow season but mostly just hunters in the rifle season.
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I was a timber faller for many years in the "Alder springs" area. Steep and rocky . But i saw many nice bucks on the way to work early morning. We camped at Alder springs with water and
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I-5 to Willows and head west. This info might be too late for any good this year but scout it for next year. They (hunters) are mostly road hunters, we used tree stands. 100% blacktail deer.

For boone and crocket all deer killed west of I-5 are Blacktail, east of I-5 is Mule deer. The biggest blacktail I ever shot was considered a "Mule deer" or benchleg. 45 miles east of Chico.

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Old 09-16-2011, 05:59 PM
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I hunt at C-4,Tehama county for 5 years ,was able to get one 3x3 two seasons back ,lots of does though.


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I was a timber faller for many years in the "Alder springs" area. Steep and rocky . But i saw many nice bucks on the way to work early morning. We camped at Alder springs with water and
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I-5 to Willows and head west. This info might be too late for any good this year but scout it for next year. They (hunters) are mostly road hunters, we used tree stands. 100% blacktail deer.

For boone and crocket all deer killed west of I-5 are Blacktail, east of I-5 is Mule deer. The biggest blacktail I ever shot was considered a "Mule deer" or benchleg. 45 miles east of Chico.

B-3
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunti...cs/maps/b3.pdf
Thanks for the tip, Gamehog. I will tag this for future reference.

I have a D3/4/5 tag for this coming season and A for my 2nd tag. But I will take a look at B3 next year as well for my 2nd tag then.
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I used to hunt west of Anderson around Ono.Did pretty well.Go out to Platina it used to be good around there.Do some scouting.That is what I used to do.
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I have hunted the B zones mostly humboldt, trinity and shasta counties and have done pretty darn good just hunted the opening week end at a place I first went in 1974, seen 30 deer opening day this place was hard to get to until they put the pacific crest trail in now there are backpackers and more hunters had to pack my buck about 2 miles. seem if you are not seeing deer might want change locations jmo. good hunting leaving for Colorado in about 3 weeks for elk hopefully I will repeat last year got a nice 6 point Bull.
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