Originally Posted by linksmechanic
I hope I didn't sound bitter. I was simply stating a fact. Like you said bulls rarely go over 300 in the panhandle. You kinda contradicted yourself by stating "beware of bitter people that say hunting here is not like the old days". So it's a fact that hunting here is not like it used to be because there was several bulls that would go over 300 and most of the time you could get to them within 2 miles of a road. Your right any elk is good but shooting a nice bull every year is and was better. Besides shooting calf's isn't gonna help the population. Theres plenty of elk in the panhandle just not alot of quality ones.
For what it's worth, no I wasn't referring to you linsmechanic. My point, being a recent transplant(5 years) is that so many long time residents get caught up on what was, when many of us coming from other states will find that this is a great place to hunt big game, even if it isn't what it once was. I get especially annoyed at the doomsday wolf folks. In 5 years I have noticed the effect of wolves on elk and very much would like to see us be able to thin the wolves, but I saw a HUGE impact on the muleys this last year due to just one winter. I hope we get a good winter survival for deer and elk and new laws to manage wolves. I'm rambling, so I'll sign off and just way welcome and enjoy!