Boy, what do you know, a state actually getting the regs out BEFORE it turns to that year.
You're lucky if you get California's regs out before the new season rolls around. Then again, I don't know if other states do this, but our licenses run from July 1st to June 30th. Kinda weird how they do that, but I guess they have their reasons.
Is it bad that now that all my hunts are over for the year, that I can not wait for the new regulations to come out. I am already planning my hunts for next year and it involves me drawing my sheep tag... yeah right. I agree having the regulations online can be really nice when you just need to look something up quick or while you are doing electronic research into new areas but I always have a paper copy of the regulations in my truck for all different species that I hunt. You don't have computers out there while you are hunting so it is nice to have a paper copy to grab when you have a question. Although it seems more and more of you guys have phones that you can just bring up the internet and check them right from your phone. That is just crazy where technology has gone. I can not imagine what we are going to be able to do in 40 years.
I was thumbing through the 2011 regs last night, I like some of the changes they made for next year. for example if you apply and draw a controlled rifle tag you can also use archery equipment on your hunt, I'm sure that will make more than a few people angery because archery hunters still get there long seasons. one I dont like is they changed the late season elk bow hunts to a draw tag. I just wish they would allow mechanical broadheads and get with the times on that. they also added a few more hunts and reduced some of the tag number(for last year). they dont determine the current years tag numbers till june.
One of the best ways to scout your hunting area is to look for signs that mature animals leave behind. Wallows, scrapes, rubs and areas littered with tracks are great evidence that game are using your area. But why not look for the single piece of evidence that you are hunting for when fall rolls around anyway... antlers. Game animals in the family cervidae shed their antlers annually. Why not use these unique souvenirs as a way of helping you fill your tag next fall?
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