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tim
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quality vs quanity

Well i was wondering, which is more important. Here in idaho i can go a buy a general elk season tag that lets me bowhunt, rifle hunt and muzzleloader hunt. Now different tags give you slightly longer season than others, but i can go to my grocery store and buy an elk tag. Most areas in the panhandle of the state have a general cow elk season.

You than take other states like arizona or utah and it seems like you have to wait 10-12 years to pull a tag. Granted the bulls in those areas are humungous.

So what is if for you guys? which do you prefer, getting a chance at an elk every year or waiting and going after the big bulls every 10 years?

thanks
tim

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Re: quality vs quanity

i wanna be able to get a tag every year because i love to elk hunt. Here in Colorado, the biggest bull your gonna find in most general tag areas is a 300 class bull. and even those bulls are very rare. I'd rather just go grab a tag and drive to the hills. It takes too long to draw the high class tags. for me, it's not all about the size of the trophies, I would shoot a raghorn bull every year if i could. I just love to get out of the house, get some fresh air, and chase some elk around with my dad. so getting a tag every year is awesome.

but I still put in for the high class tag, hoping that one day, i'll pull one and get a shot at a monster.

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Re: quality vs quanity
hellomcfly wrote:
i wanna be able to get a tag every year because i love to elk hunt. Here in Colorado, the biggest bull your gonna find in most general tag areas is a 300 class bull. and even those bulls are very rare. I'd rather just go grab a tag and drive to the hills. It takes too long to draw the high class tags. for me, it's not all about the size of the trophies, I would shoot a raghorn bull every year if i could. I just love to get out of the house, get some fresh air, and chase some elk around with my dad. so getting a tag every year is awesome.

but I still put in for the high class tag, hoping that one day, i'll pull one and get a shot at a monster.

I agree with hellomcfly. tim, I wish Colorado had a tag and season setup like Idaho. I really enjoy hunting bull elk during different times of year with different weapons but in CO you have to choose what weapon and season. Our tag is only good for that specific season.

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I agree with hellomcfly. I love to hunt elk and go to colorado every year and as hellomcfly said your chances of shooting a really big bull on public land is slim. However they are out there. Our camp has been very fortunate the last couple of years. Call it luck or what ever you want but, in 2006 we had six hunters in camp and got a 300 in 6x6 and a 350 class 6x7. In 2007 we had 9 hunters in camp and the biggest 3 bulls were 300, 330, and 340.
I still apply every year to gain pts for Utah but, will continue to hunt Colorado until I get lucky enough to draw and then it will be back to Colorful Colorado.
Hiker your right I would shoot a raghorn every year I love the meat. Sure is good on the grill.

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No complaints about Colorado.
Every year I can draw a preference point, a cow tag for an undersubscribed unit, an over the counter bull tag for that same unit, and also a buck tag for the same unit.
I almost always fill the cow tag but seldom the other two.
Then once every 7 years I spend those preference points to get into a trophy bull unit.

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Location: Palisade, Colorado
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I'm with everyone here. Apply for the limited draw tags, get a point, draw a second choice cow, buy an OTC bull and go hunting with my good friends. We have a great time which is what it's all about. Getting my kids into the sport and spending time with friends is more important to me than the size or the number of elk we get.

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I live in the Idaho panhandle and I LOVE to hunt elk also, but I would like to see a change in the way the seasons are run. We have a A and B tag. With the A tag you can hunt August 30th - September 31 (archery), then a week of rifle (bulls only) after the general rifle season, then there is a two week archery hunt in December. The B tag is from August 30th - September 15th (archery),
then rifle from October 10 - October 20 something, with cow season in there somewhere, then you have a muzzle loader hunt for spikes only in December.
The problem is a lot of guys buy the A tag and then get their wives the B tag and hunt for 3 months! Also a resident can buy the left over non resident tags and shoot an extra elk. Not hard to see why nice bulls are scarce here.
I would love to see our area become a choose your weapon and drop that December archery hunt. Why to many people throw out some hay and shot a cow. Better yet I wish Idaho would manage their game better and not manage for $'s

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