The Pacific Hybrid according to the deer boundaries map set by the California Bowmen Hunters Big Game Club Record book falls where I live. Most of the hunting I'm able to do close to me in that zone is with a camera only unless I pay for a hunting lease on some pretty nice private lands. I've seen some nice Pacific Hybrid bucks hiking on the public no hunt zones though. It's mostly private land or county and state parks where I live. Most if all of the land by me is private land other than some BLM, military bases and a bit of National forest further down south. I've hunted some of the public but mostly just for quail.
The below map is what I've seen as well and read on deer distribution in California. I got it off the CA fish and game site below. I'm not a biologist but I've heard one can tell the six recognized subspecies by the tail patterns as well. I'd imagine where "hybrid" term is coming from is the interbreeding diversity that goes on between the deer.Lived in the LA area most of my life (58 years until I retired 12 years ago) and never heard the southern cal coastal deer call hybrids. I have hunted the Ventura/Ojai area for years (Sespe, Frazier Park and Apache Canyon) and have taken some pretty good bucks out of there. Never scored any, but based on what I know now, several would score 160. I have also found sheds that were as big (mass, ht & width) as any we get here in the Colo. Hunting the early season used to be a really tough proposition. Season opened in August and usually it was hot as hell. Lots of steep brushy country, you had to be a dedicated deer hunter!!
During WWII my Dad bought 10 acres in Malibu (right above Paradise Cove) and we lived there for a couple of years. Lots of deer there. I have a mount of a buck my Dad shot in 1945 the is a 5x5, heavy beamed nice buck. Weighed 169# of meat at the butcher as I remember. This deer had hair over 1" long. Dad told me a large ranch between us and Santa Monica brought in a bunch of muleys from Utah and turned them loose. Unfortunately in 1948 Dad sold the property because we couldn't get any water, even after drilling 2 or 3 wells. I'll see if I can get a picture or 2 and post them .
I can only imagine what it looked like back then. It surely was a whole lot more pristine and rural in those days. Hearing the history about it for me is sure cool though.It was a great piece of land. Don't even want to think about living there now....probably couldn't even afford to pay the taxes on it!!
Thats a beautiful hybrid Graylight. Here are a couple from the past two years. Both taken in San Diego County using a bow.
The zones you mentioned are Calfornia Mule deer and Southern Mule deer. Further south in D12 and D17 they are called Burro Mule deer. Blacktails usually start from nortern L.A. county coastal all the way into Or. and Wa.. Where you get the cross over hybrids is east of the mtns. along hwy 5 going north. It's splittin hairs but Calif. defines 7 different types of deer. All are based on the black pattern on their tail. Muleys 24/7 and bigshot, your D14,D116,D19 and D15 are all specified as Southern Mule deer. No blacktails anywhere in those zones or D11 which if I remember correcty are specified as California Mule deer . No, Im not a game biologist. Just studied when I was a youngin.I am not intimately familiar with specific lines, however, it is basically from around Monterey to the South, along the coast to San Diego. The Southern portion of A zone, D-19, parts of D-11, D-15 and D-16... If you hunt San Diego, you're most likely hunting hybrids... Like I said, I am not the authority on the actual lines, however, there is no book category for these little deer... Either way, I find them just as smart and challenging to hunt as any other species or sub-species!