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Filling Your Tag Before December 10th

The Question

Hi Ken,

I’m hunting for whitetail deer in B.C. What region or area gives me the best chance of filling my tag before December 10, 2011? I’m a mule deer hunter new to whitetail hunting.

Thanks,

Chris
Vancouver, B.C.

The Answer

Historically the densest populations of white-tailed deer in B.C. have been found in the Kootenay and Okanagan regions, especially the southernmost areas of the regions, near the U.S. border. Whitetails particularly favour valley bottom habitats in these regions. If you’re just looking to fill your tag, that’s where I’d suggest you go.

Of course, one of the undisputed facts of whitetail hunting is that wherever there are whitetails, there are always a few really good bucks—they’re just too smart of an animal, and some always make it to a ripe old age and trophy status. If you’re looking specifically for trophy whitetails, my favourite region is the Peace. The combination of agricultural development, good genetics, relatively low hunting pressure and lots of escape cover combine to produce bucks that can rival the largest anywhere in Canada. If you’re an experienced mule deer hunter you’ve already got good instincts for hunting whitetails—though their behaviour and habitat might be a little different than that of mulies, many of the fundamentals for hunting them are the same.

Good luck,

Ken

Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

An all-around hunter, Ken Bailey enjoys pursuing waterfowl the most. Based in Edmonton, Outdoor Canada's longtime hunting editor Ken Bailey has hunted every major Canadian game animal, in every corner of the country. For many years, he’s shared his deep knowledge of game behaviour, and wide expertise with all manner of firearms with OC's readers. His work has been recognized numerous times by both the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the National Magazine Awards. Ken is a committed conservationist, dedicated to habitat preservation, sustainable harvests, and passing along our hunting heritage to the next generation. He's also an avid fly fisherman, and a pretty darn good game chef.