where oh where to put the tag

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  1. azdesertrat

    azdesertrat Active Member

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    i got an elk hunt comeing up and im gona pack in and hopefully pack an elk out, my question though is where the heck do u put the tag on a boned out cow elk? its ben a head scratcher for me
     
  2. bearpaw

    bearpaw Well-Known Member

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    not sure on the game laws there, but its always a pretty good idea to leave proof of sex attached to the meat you are packing out. Other than that, throw the tag in the meat bag.
     

  3. climb-101

    climb-101 Well-Known Member

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    i was always told the tag goes with the major portion of the meat. you could call the local FWP and they tell for sure though
     
  4. desertbull

    desertbull Well-Known Member

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    AZ does not require proof of sex. The tag is for antlerless elk, not necessarily a cow. You could shooT a male elk as long as it does not have antlers that extend through the skin. (button bull, so to speak.) You need to be able to produce the head (showing no antlers) should the G&F ask for it. Slice a hole in the ear and put the tag there.
     
  5. azdesertrat

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    damb it i was worried that would be the case, i was hope'n to avoid have'n to pack out that hevy head,that'll only be an extra probaly 30-40 lbs, oh well gota stay all leagal. thanks for all the info
     
  6. retiredcpo

    retiredcpo Well-Known Member

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    In idaho you must leave proof of sex attatched to the largest peice of meat and the tag must be with it as well.
    Dont make no sense to me but Had that discussion with F&G this year.
    This means you have to cut everything up smaller by the book
    retiredcpo
     
  7. desertbull

    desertbull Well-Known Member

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    Skin out the head and leave the tag attached to the ear. You don't need to have the skull and jaw bone.
     
  8. azdesertrat

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    now that is an exalent idea, im glad you said that cals i honestly dont think ida thalt about that, 2lbs or so of hide definately beats the heck out of 40lbs of head, my back thanks you
     
  9. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    I don't even skin the whole head, just around the ears so they can see there were no antlers.
     
  10. retiredcpo

    retiredcpo Well-Known Member

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    Not sure about the state you are in but In Idaho
    if the head is not attatched the tag must be on the biggest peice of meat which
    must also have proof of sex on it.
    I boned out mine this year and got was informed having the tag on the horns was a big mistake I left sex attached to a big peice of meat but put the tag on the horns. then I learned I was wrong
    Ask the fish and game cops in your state before
    retiredcpo
     
  11. azdesertrat

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    as desertbull was sayin its anlerless so a calf bull without horns breaking the hair line is legal to kill, in arizona tags are either antlered or antlerless in place of bull or cow witch i think helps when ur in the thick of it, its easyer to look for horns than uhhh proof of sex on galoping elk. is good to know not all states go by the same rules for sex seeing as im planin to start doing alot more out of state hunting this next year, ill have to make shure i read threw there rags carefuly
     
  12. bearpaw

    bearpaw Well-Known Member

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    I thought lookin for horns was the same thing as looking for proof of sex.....
     
  13. azdesertrat

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    well since im new on hear i was tryin to be fairly politicaly corect so i used proof of sex inplace of balls(second best pc term i could think of)