Thanks again everyone. Both the mounts are at the taxadermists now and the meat should be back from the processor at the end of the week. I can't wait to try some of the elk myself.
We were stopped by fish and game with both his buck and bull and they both had the tag on the horns. He was more worried about where the nuts were. I could see where the rules could be interputed differently though. I pointed out to him that the tag reads antlered or antlerless not male or female.
We got lots of snow today and the heard was back down in the field next to my house. The deer are also in bigger groups down low. I can't wait untill next year.
As far as the tagging goes if the head and antlers were still attached to the body you should of been ok, but if they were not then you need the tag on the meat with a way to determine the sex left on a quarter of the meat. I have also seen where a ticket was issued because the Colorado rule book say that the tag must be attached to the meat and antlers are not meat. It may be picky but it is the rule.
Indeed the animal was whole both times. The tag stayed with the meat after we dropped it off at the meat plant. As long as everything is still together with the nuts attached your ok tagging on the horns. There are 2 peices of the lisence also onewent with the meat one with antlers to the taxadermist.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....