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Elk Hunting Question Colorado

(1) Can you shoot a spike bull on a cow tag or just cows?

(2) Are you legally obligated to take out the head of a bull elk?  Not sure why you wouldn't, just curious.

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You can only shoot anterless

You can only shoot anterless elk so that limits you to cows and calves. 

If you are in a antler restricted unit you need to bring out the antlers attached to the skull plate along with the proof of sex still attached to the meat.

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Not exactly. You can shoot a

Not exactly. You can shoot a young male if the antlers don't meet the bull definitions on an antlerless tag.

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Cirtter, what part of the

Cirtter, what part of the meat/rack do you attach the tag if you can't carry it all out in one trip?  I've put it on the rack and usually make that the first trip, but never really knew for sure.

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Sign, and fill out, and

Sign, fill out, and detach the tag at the kill. Then keep it in your pocket until you get it all out.

 

The 2nd option is to attach it to the part that has proof of sx, and bring that out first leaving at attached at the truck, or camp. I like the first option better.

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Still Hunter wrote: Not

Still Hunter wrote:

Not exactly. You can shoot a young male if the antlers don't meet the bull definitions on an antlerless tag.

That equals a calf but you better make sure that those antlers are not over 5" long a extra 1/2" can get you into trouble.

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Cirtter, what part of the meat/rack do you attach the tag if you can't carry it all out in one trip?  I've put it on the rack and usually make that the first trip, but never really knew for sure.

Still Hunter has that covered in his post.  Also if the antlers are not attached to the body of the elk or part of the front quarter you can get a ticket for placing the tag on them.  The instructions on the tag say to attach it to the carcass and if the head is detached it is no longer part of the carcass.

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  "If a carcass is cut in

 

"If a carcass is cut in pieces or deboned, evidence of sex needs to be attached to a quarter or another major part of carcass. All portions must be transported together. "  (Quoted right from the 2014 regualtions.)  This is pretty clear, except for the transported together part, which isn't always possible getting it out of the woods, and remains my concern.

 The tag states "attach validated tag to carcass..." I have understood the "carcass" to mean the dead remains of a animal after the entrails have been removed.  I would surmise the head constitutes part of those remains.  Maybe I am wrong on that, but the regulations do not state otherwise to my knowledge.  Again, the question still remains, if I can't physically transport all the part stogether, which part is the best to attach the tag?  Or maybe it doesn't even matter as the regulations do not specify, just that the parts have to be "transported together."  Show me how to transport 4-quarters and a head out of the woods by myself at one time and I'll oblige.

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When packing the meat out I

When packing the meat out I just place the tag in my pocket and then once in camp I will attach it to the piece of meat that has the sex organs on.  Transporting the meat I believe is going to be defined as once it is in a vehicle. 

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Not opposed to that, but I'd

Not opposed to that, but I'd be concerned that a warden would think I was trying to "save" the tag for a second (illegal) animal.  I've never had a problem so maybe I shouldn't worry about it.  :)  

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mountain10mm wrote:

Not opposed to that, but I'd be concerned that a warden would think I was trying to "save" the tag for a second (illegal) animal.  I've never had a problem so maybe I shouldn't worry about it.  :)  

The tag has to be detached from the rest of the license, signed, along with the date and sex cut out.  You get caught  hunting with it that way and you would be in trouble. 

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Antlers

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Still Hunter wrote:

Not exactly. You can shoot a young male if the antlers don't meet the bull definitions on an antlerless tag.

That equals a calf but you better make sure that those antlers are not over 5" long a extra 1/2" can get you into trouble.

 

I was careful how I worded it. It's always up to the hunter to make sure it's legal.

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