I don't think they set the tag quota until later this spring after they have processed the aerial counts and have a feel for how last winters weather effected the herds.
Aerial counts are done now and winter kill usually happens later in the season, so there is a lag of a year between a large winter kill and a reduction in tags. Some tags were reduced last year when it became obvious that there was very high winter mortality in some areas.
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...