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    When you don't have a rifle.

    Elk and Deer seasons opened today. My buddy bought a cow elk tag and decided to hunt some butte and pine country north of his place. I volunteered to go with in case he shot one. They are definitely a two man job. We walked in at 0400, I napped until 0600, and then sat until the legal hunting time came: 0714 today. We heard a few shots but knew we would come up short on elk: we could hear the bulls bugling behind us on the neighboring ranch, and at one point, got a whiff of a cow-elk herd passing up wind from us. After a while my friend got up to take a brief walk around the area. I went the other way. It was 0900 by then and the good game movement hours had passed. Not that it mattered to me; I didn't bring a rifle. If you need to haul out 1000# of elk the last thing you need to be dragging is a rifle. This was my friend's day.

    So I walk a bit along the escarpment and what to I find? a pair of huge mule deer does on the flats about 120 yards away, oblivious to my presence. I have two doe tags in my pocket. No rifle.

    Another day, I guess!~Muir

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    I know how you feel, well almost. I was sitting in a high seat on the German border for 2.5 hours listening intently to the gunfire surrounding me or so it seemed. The only wildlife that revealed themselves to me we're the odd squirrel and pine marten, that is until I felt the need to pee!

    Thinking all was quiet, I relieved myself, when half way through, 2 Sika hinds ran 20 feet away from me............still, always good to see deer!

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    Was on a driven day once and had a call of nature before the drive had started. Well so I thought. When the first birds got up and flew over me I was not holding the correct equipment. I didnt mind so much but when I looked down the line all the other guns seemed to find it less funny.

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    It's always good to see deer, indeed. Last evening we drove out to the pasture border where we'd be walking in and counted 32 mule deer in one herd. On the way out, on a different road, we got another herd in our headlights. Mostly does, but there were 7 big bucks trotting off the road to join the bunch. Granted; the opening of hunting season changes the dynamics a bit but I'm reasonably certain I'll fill my tags. We have plenty of deer hereabouts.~Muir

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    What happens Muir if you don't fill the tags,don't kill your deer?
    Do you not get for the following year or is it all a lottery to who gets what?
    I know it's strict over there but what's the ins and outs of the tag system?
    Always nice to see deer,definitely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine View Post
    What happens Muir if you don't fill the tags,don't kill your deer?
    Do you not get for the following year or is it all a lottery to who gets what?
    I know it's strict over there but what's the ins and outs of the tag system?
    Always nice to see deer,definitely.
    The tag allotment for the State is based on game population and tags are for that specific year and time frame; if you don't fill it, you buy new tags next year. Luckily, there are pretty much General deer tags for every resident of the State in Montana. The extra "B" tags are limited to lottery draws, as are those for special wilderness districts, specialty game species, and Non Resident hunters.~Muir

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    Cheers Muir,so if you don't fill your tag you have to buy them the year after.
    So do you not have to buy them if you fill them.
    Sorry for the daft questions.
    Interested that's all.
    Interesting as well that it depends on game populations(knew that bit).Over here notoriously difficult to count deer,presume its same over with yourself.Seeing healthy populations must mean something getting done correctly.Mind you,if you were a forester over here they'd have something different to say,ATB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine View Post
    Cheers Muir,so if you don't fill your tag you have to buy them the year after.
    So do you not have to buy them if you fill them.
    Sorry for the daft questions.
    Interested that's all.
    Interesting as well that it depends on game populations(knew that bit).Over here notoriously difficult to count deer,presume its same over with yourself.Seeing healthy populations must mean something getting done correctly.Mind you,if you were a forester over here they'd have something different to say,ATB.
    Not Daft! Think of how strange YOUR system seems to me!
    Think of tags as theater tickets. If you miss that particular performance, you lose out. If you go and enjoy, then you are welcome to buy a ticket for the following evening's performance; in this case, the next year's performance. There are times when a quota for a district isn't met and they will issue an appropriate number of tags to take up the slack.

    There has been much adieu on this site about the 'few' deer that American hunters shoot compared to our Brit brethren. That may be true in general, but we have a lot more hunters than the UK, I'd wager. Imagine if we could shoot pretty much at will? Or if we could sell the meat? There wouldn't be any deer left in short order. Since we can't sell the meat, a hunter usually can get all that they need for personal consumption. By hunting in adjacent States, I will have 6 tags this year and I could fill them all if I really tried hard. I don't want to because 2 whitetails and two mule deer will pretty much fill my meat needs for the coming year. I apply because of Murphy's Law (If I break my arm tomorrow and can't hunt for 4 weeks!) and because I will be with family on two of the three hunts, so why not? I may not shoot at all. I eat everything I kill and eat game meat pretty much exclusively. Once I have enough for a year, I'm good. That's why the tag system works; even if you are a real fanatic for venison, a couple of deer will fill your needs.~Muir

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    Cheers Muir,I understand.Hope you fill what you need for the year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine View Post
    Cheers Muir,I understand.Hope you fill what you need for the year
    Thanks, Amigo. I'll try. If if wasn't so warm I'd be out tomorrow. My local hunting partner says that I just don't like to hunt if I can feel my toes. He may be right. The last four or five deer I shot have been in snow and cold!~Muir

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