My daughters finished hunters saftey on the the 22nd and I just finished their applications. I put my younger in for a second season doe tag for unit 41. Put my oldest in for a third season cow in 61. Both as second choice but as youth they should have a chance. If not they are in for 3rd and 4th choices that they should draw, with no problem. OTC Archery elk for me.
I put in for my muley and elk tags last month...I wish I would have just p/p for elk but I got caught up in the possibility of bugeling bulls with a rifle in hand during first rifle. Hey its my first colorado hunting season, at least I can get it out of my system early and start saving for some kind of quality elk hunt a decade or more from now...man, that sounds worse the more I think about it...cow tags and OTC bulls here I come next year, and the year after that, and the year after that, and so on. My muley tag is just about a lock for fourth rifle as well. I just want to get out and hunt this first year, then get serious about trophy prospects during next years and future draws.
Straight from the regulations - page 7 states - "Points accumulate until you draw a first-choice license. If you fail to apply for or have not purchased a license during a 10-year period, all accumulated points for that species are purged from your record and become void."
So you are okay! Now be certain to buy your OTC or leftover license!
Everyone has different ideas about trophy pictures. Looks around and you will see "long armers," "set behinders," "big cheesers," and "blood covered brutes." I have a few tips to keep your trophy pictures from being laughers or worse yet just plain gross.
#1 Clean it up. Try to avoid bullet holes, gut pile, mass amounts of blood, and the tongue sticking out. You don't want your big buck to look like a angry 1st grader with his tongue out or a MMA fighter during the 3 round.
#2 Long arming...