I'm glad they could catch the guy. I'm surprised, though. I've heard of units where you're not allowed to shoot a spike bull, but I've never heard of a requirement to ONLY shoot a spike, but not a mature bull. I wonder what the management philosophy is behind that kind of a restriction--we don't want the young bulls to grow up but we want the old ones to get older?
Donmillion there are two hunts in these "spike only" areas. First you have a very limited number of people who draw out and can get any bull. Usually only 20-50 tags are issued for the entire area. Very hard to draw.
Then after that hunt its open to over the counter tags but to keep the trophy quality animals there you can only shoot a spike. It seemed weird to me at first but some of the best trophy bulls come out of these "spike only" areas. Its actually been a very good management plan. The only problem is people get tempted to shoot a big boy when they have a spike only tag.
While I was up on the mountains looking for some elk, we spotted some off in the distance. And while I was glassing these elk I couldn’t quite pick up the details of these elk because they were clear out there, and because I couldn’t keep steady enough to get a clear picture of what I was looking at. I told my brother, “I can’t really tell ‘cause I’m shaking.” He gave me the best piece of glassing advice I’ve ever been told (‘cause how many glassing tips can there really be...