I was wondering what the "backdoor" method was. If what you describe is right then I did get my first choice elk tag - COOL!!! Now instead of the suspense of learning my tag fate I am now eagerly waiting for October to be here!!!
Pretty much everything my group thought we'd draw, got drawn. I did gamble with my work schedule a little bit and had my girlfriend put in for a 4th season tag that I can't tag along with (so she probably won't use), so other than that, things look good. And it looks like I'll be able to have the time I need for an extended archery hunt.
I did not draw my 2nd or 3rd choice according to people at a other forums. For those who drew there should be a 500 level code. I only have a 400 level code and the 500 did not come up like others have.
2012 - 481 NON RES ELK APP
2012 - 059 HABITAT STAMP WITH A LICENSE
Oh well, looks like OTC, now I have to decide whether I will do an archery hunt or 2nd season rifle.
All that worry for nothing. I should just wait a few days later to look next year....
Drew my first choice elk tag (a 1st season cow rifle tag in my honey hole), will also be picking up an OTC either sex archery elk tag.
Got my second choice antelope tag (late season doe), and will also pick up an OTC either sex antelope archery tag. I should draw my WY tag as well, so hopefully I can score on one of those hunts.
Aso got my second choice deer tag (3rd season rifle buck). Bummed I'm not going to be chasing muleys with the bow this year....but that should give me a good excuse to hold out a bit longer on elk and goats, without trying to fit a deer hunt into the mix.
I drew my 2nd choice, MZ cow in 35, 36, 361. Looking forward to a good hunt. I need to figure out the best way to pop a cow during or near the rut. Should be fun. Last year all I saw was bulls during MZ, but only two of them.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...