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colorado elk tagging question

if you are packing a quartered or boned out elk in colorado when you put the tag on the meat. Do you leave the tag with the the parts you already packed out or take it with you back to the kill site and put it back on the the next quarters while you are packing it out.

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Re: colorado elk tagging question

You have to validate your tag immediately, but you do not have to attach it while packing it out. When you get to camp, I normally tag the meat with the evidence of sex (might consider having a small ziploc bag to keep the dirty pecker off your meat). It took me a while to get this clarification, but it seems the reasoning is that warden could stop you while you're packing meat that isn't tagged, so you should have the tag on you instead of attaching it to just one quarter.

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Re: colorado elk tagging question

Thanks that what I figured but you never know, I've had wardens in Idaho looking through ice chest in our base camp while we were walking back in. and looking at our tagged game hanging.

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Re: colorado elk tagging question

I'd say that's the best idea, having the tag validated but on you as you are packing out quarters. In all reality if you come across a warden while packing out meat and the tag is with the first quarter you already have in camp I see no reason why the warden would not follow you to camp to check, especially if you are out in the woods. Some of those guys can be real pricks sometimes, but if they are interested in actually enforcing the laws by first doing a competent investigation (and not just finding petty stuff to site you for) then the warden should have no problem following you to camp to inspect your tag(s). But I'm sure they have their own protocol to follow.

I suppose it's along the same lines as to carry your hunter safety card or not to carry it on you, even if your tags and license indicate that proof of hunters safety education was confirmed. I just carry it with me to avoid any confusion. Wouldn't want to cause any confusion to anyone in law enforcement. God forbid!!

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