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.
I could see the small band of mule deer picking their way towards me through the sagebrush 800 plus yards away. With my 10 power binoculars I spotted a legal buck bringing up the tail. I dropped down and crouched behind a large chunk of sage just waiting for them to pass within range. Unfortunately, they stopped and began milling around before finally settling down, with a few of them laying down right out in the open. They were not going to come to me; if I wanted any closer, I'd...