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    What is your fall back tag?

    When you strike out on the tags you applied for, what is your fall back tag? I'm looking for ideas to expand my hunting opportunities and chances to improve my hunting skills.( us Nevadans typically can't get out in the field every year unless it's helping a buddy out or going out of state)

    I am going OTC archery elk in Oregon along with Arizona OTC archery deer later in the year.

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    Mine is Idaho... Pretty expensive for the quality of game but it does allow me to get the "jitters" out of my system and then I can be a little more patient for my home state of MT. It also allows me to do spring bear hunts. It's only 31 miles from house so it's a dream in that aspect.

    With the combo of the 2 states our hunting dates range from August 16th to Jan 15th. Then a small break until end of March thru June 30th and then another 6 weeks and hunting again. Drive my wife nuts

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    My fall back for deer is my backyard zones here in CA haha, I look forward to the out-of-state hunts.
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    Ususally for elk its archery OTC and deer its Blacktail rifle OTC. Im switching it up this year, OTC archery mule deer and OTC Casacde rilfe elk, all Oregon. Oregon's seasons are very early this year so I'm counting on some post rut activity for the elk, and I just want to hunt mule deer. I'm 42 and have only drawn one rifle and two muzzy mule deer tags in my home state! If I don't get it done on the mulies I can hunt late season Blacktail with the archery tag. I am looking at other states, but don't have the extra $ to start that process yet. I have gone to Idaho twice for Whitetail, I may do that again someday.

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    That's cool Montana! Your luck to have that opertunity. Maybe not so much as far as the wife goes tho! Hahaha

    Mine has always been ID. But is a min of $1k just for elk and a 12 hr drive from Reno were we would hunt. The payoff is some of the most beautiful country I've seen and getting out in the woods is good for the soul. The down fall is there are always alot of hunters and the Elk are small usually under 300".

    I've also did some high fenced TX whitetail deer SHOOTS its not a hunt IMO but still was a good time.

    One of my hunting buddy's grew up in MO and his folks still live there so I've gone there a couple times for whitetail as well.

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    I can always get a cow elk tag, and I can always get a private land deer tag. So, I guess those are my fallback tags. Not hunting is never an option for me.

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    (1) General any deer
    (1) Second choice any late-season whitetail
    (4) Doe deer

    (2) Leftover any antelope
    (4) Doe antelope

    (1) General any elk
    (1) Cow elk
    OR
    (2) Cow elk

    This has been my game plan the last few years since I can't draw anything. I'm thankful to live in a state where the opportunity to hunt is still there even if you don't draw. I get to kill a lot of animals; just not many trophies. Gotta work a lot harder for those on leftover and otc tags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkoholic307 View Post
    (1) General any deer
    (1) Second choice any late-season whitetail
    (4) Doe deer

    (2) Leftover any antelope
    (4) Doe antelope

    (1) General any elk
    (1) Cow elk
    OR
    (2) Cow elk

    This has been my game plan the last few years since I can't draw anything. I'm thankful to live in a state where the opportunity to hunt is still there even if you don't draw. I get to kill a lot of animals; just not many trophies. Gotta work a lot harder for those on leftover and otc tags.
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    I'm pretty fortunate to have excellent whitetail hunting here, and with an archery season from Sept 15 through Jan 15, and a 9 day Nov gun season, I can find ways to stay busy each fall. Missouri allows us to kill three bucks a year, 1 in the early archery season, 1 during the November gun season, and 1 after gun season. For me, any Western hunt I draw is just icing on the cake, and a good way to spend late September/early October, when the whitetail hunting isn't very good.

    Add in duck and goose season, after I quit deer hunting, and I'm good until the end of January.

 

 

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