we have elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, whitetail deer, mountain lion, black bear, moose, turkey and even some wild buffalo in one small area. You can’t get tags for the moose or buffalo though, but I see them around where I live on occasion. Blacktail deer are all over towards the coast but not where I live.
I will likely only use this for deer and probably just set up a blind and ambush some. I only go after mule deer though. We have white tails beginning to come in but as much as I would like to shoot them to get rid of them, I don’t want to waste a good deer tag on anything less than a mule deer.
I won’t bow hunt for elk though, even though the bow hunters get to go during the rut. I like chasing them during the rifle seasons, preferably when there is snow. We can apply now for premium elk tag that lets you hunt your tag with any weapon for like a 3 month period, during the rut. Only one of those tags per unit though and it’s purely a lottery win, no preference points to build up.
I would love to toast a big bull with a rifle in the middle of a bunch of bow hunters trying to call them close with that premium tag. Thanks for calling him in to rifle range there boys 🤣