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Sitka Black-tailed Deer


Sitka Black-tailed deer are native to Southeast Alaska. They are smaller and stockier than other black-tailed deer. Their fawns are born in early spring and average adult weight is about 80 pounds for does and 120 pounds for a buck. Their summer coats are reddish-brown and by winter they turn brownish gray. They have typical branching antlers that usually develop with three points on either side.

Breeding season is during late November and called "rut". Bucks spend little time foraging during breeding and usually come down from the higher elevations to seek does. Fawns are born in late spring. Deer spend most of the summer foraging in old-growth forests and abundant foliage below 1500 feet elevation. In winter they are restricted to bushes such as bunchberry and trailing brambles. If the snow is deep they browse on blueberry, yellow cedar, hemlock and lichens.

Hunting Sitka Black-tailed deer on Prince of Wales Island usually begins in late August until December 31st. The season actually begins in early August for resident hunters. Population of deer fluctuates considerable with the severity of winters.

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