It's still confusing Dustin. Looking at Page 25 right now. It says that the AO tag is good for archery equipment during the archery and general seasons in A,B, and D zones. However, I thought I had heard it was only good for bucks.
Maybe it's only good for bucks if you use it during the D-16 season, which is antlered deer only. But, according to the description, I would think it is still good for A-22, since that is an archery season, in the A zone.
Brando, I would call the fish and game to be sure. I think you can hunt till Dec 31st, in the boundaries of
It's soup material now :D (along with mine). The AO tag is good during the archery season (early September for D-16) and the general season (finished on Sunday). A-22 is an "area-specific archery hunt" and therefore the AO tag does not fit into the criteria. I wish it was still good!!!!!
but the begging archery season is A22 than it goes in to d16 (genral season) than rolls right back to A22 season. so my question would be if it works at the begging of the A22 season why wouldnt it work for the 2nd half of the A22 season ...?
A-22 is not an area, D-16 is an area. A-22 is an area-specific archery only hunt for the D-16 area. The archery hunt for the D-16 area is the 1st 3 weeks of September starting on the 1st Saturday. The 1st of the A-22 split-season also starts on the same day (1st Saturday in September). I guess the simplest way to clarify it is that A-22 is a hunt and D-16 is an area. AO is also a hunt; it just so happens to cover multiple areas during their general and archery hunts. Believe me, I wish my tag was still good also.
Well, I only went out by myself twice with my bow so far. The 1st time was my best opportunity in that I actually shot a nice buck at very close range and never found it! I still am completely at a loss on that one!!! I had very little blood on my arrow and not a drop of blood on the ground for hundreds of yards around the area that I shot him.
I've never had a hunt come together more perfect than that only to go home empty handed and completely bummed (for several days). The 2nd time out (an hour before sun-up until after sunset), I didn't see any live deer. I did see a nice little fork that a guy got with his bow in the Rec area and actually took pictures for him and his hunting partner and the buck. They understandably were pretty stoked!
My focus this year was to put my son on his 1st buck (with a rifle). He is in the HS band this year and, for some crazy reason, all of their competitions are on the weekends DURING DEER SEASON! Must be organized by a granola head! lol
We only made it out 3 times. Opening day we didn't see anything until we were walking out and by the time I saw a buck, he saw us, and Trevor never had a chance at him. The second day, we didn't see anything. The last time out (the 2nd to last weekend) we had our best opportunity. Just before we got to the area we were going to hunt, I caught movement down in our spot. I put the glasses on the deer and identified a small buck but Trev couldn't get find it in the scope and it eventually moved out of his range (I have him limited to 200 yards for now). After they moved out, we made our way to our spot and not 20 minutes later, a buck and a doe come out from below us and are quickly moving straight away from us. Again, Trevor couldn't find them in the scope, albeit this time was because the shooting sticks were set up for him to shoot in the meadow below us and these deer came in a lot closer which meant the sticks had him aiming too high. As they got down into his window, I tried stopping them with the doe bleat and then some soft whistles to no avail. And then...from about 50 yards above, behind and to the left of us, we got to experience what it sounds like to be on the loud end of a 30:06. BOOOOOOOOM!!! clack clack BOOOOOOOOM!!! Another hunter had come in on the same trail and was shooting at the same buck! We packed it up and called it quits for that area a few minutes later and we didn't see anything else for the rest of the day.
I'll be out a couple of times with my A-22 tag so we'll see how that goes.
Bummer Jim. Wonder if you hit that buck really high. My dad put a hole the size of a half dollar in his buck with a .348 back in Vermont, but other than the initial chunks of lung at the impact spot, he only bled every 20 feet or so, and it was little drops. He was hit high enough that the blood didn't come out, just filled up the chest cavity.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....