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The Blacktail Deer is a medium-sized deer species. It can be hunted in the Layton Lake District.


The blacktail deer is generally considered a subspecies of the mule deer and native to the western part of North American continent although new science suggests it could be its own species and not a subspecies. The blacktail thrives around the edges of forests that are typically rich with foliage and grass which they feed on. They tend to avoid open areas that lack hiding spots, especially during harsh weather. The blacktail is a medium-sized deer, comparable to the whitetail deer, but blacktail bucks' antlers take different patterns that are more similar to the mule deer's. The blacktail's antlers grow from a spike into a distinctive double-fork shape.


Behaviour Docile and somewhat skittish
Habitat Forests with a lot of underbrush
Senses Excellent sense of smell and hearing
Social Usually solitary, can also be found in small groups
Active During dawn, dusk and night
Recommended Equipment Weapon class 4, Deer "Bleat" Caller, Deer "Grunt" Caller, Blacktail Deer Scent
Species Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
Difficulty 1 (Trivial) - 5 (Medium)

Need Zone Times[]

Times Activity
00:00 - 05:30 Resting
05:00 - 09:30 Drinking
09:00 - 13:30 Resting
13:00 - 17:30 Feeding
17:00 - 21:30 Drinking
21:00 - 00:30 Resting

Shot scheme[]

Color code
Blacktail deer shot scheme.png
Red - Kills immediately
Blue - Kills very quick
Orange - Kills slowly
No Color - Unlikely to kill


There are 23 ammunition that gives full integrity on the Black-Tailed Deer.

  • 10 Rifle Ammo
  • 4 Shotgun ammo
  • 6 Handgun ammo
  • 3 Archery ammo 

Fur Variants[]

Trivia and Patches[]

  • Part of the original huntable animals on the release day of the game. Boo
  • Mission : HOPE #7 - Changed the harvest animal from blacktail deer to whitetail deer. (Patch 1.14) [Nov 8, 2017]
  • Mission : HOPE #5 - Changed the harvested animal from blacktail deer to whitetail deer. (Patch 1.15) [Nov 29, 2017]
  • Mission : HOPE #7 - changed required animal harvest species from blacktail deer to whitetail deer. (Patch 1.17) [March 1, 2018]
  • Mission : HOPE #5 - changed required animal harvest species from blacktail deer to whitetail deer. (Patch 1.17)
  • Mission : HOPE #3 - changed mission to harvest 2 males blacktail deer and earn a Quick Kill Bonus of 50 or higher. (Patch 1.17)
  • Mission : HOPE #2 - changed mission requirement to Harvest 2 blacktail deer but not at night. (Patch 1.17)
  • Along with the White-Tailed Deer (First TruRACS animals). (Patch 1.34) [May 7, 2019]
  • Fixed issue where pre-TruRACS Whitetail and Blacktail racks were no longer visible in trophy lodges. (Patch 1.35) [June 3, 2019]