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    I wouldnt worry about bothering the biologist. It is part of their job to answer your questions. I dont really like trying to put more then 1 hunt together especially if I dont know the area very well. I like to concentrate on 1 at a time. Its easy to put alot more pressure on yourself with more then 1 hunt, atleast thats how it seems to end up for me usually. And it you are successful on the first hunt you have to do something with the meat while you are on the next hunt which can be a problem at times. This year I had a buck and doe antelope tag in the same unit and after I got the buck I was 1/2 wishing I didnt have the doe tag because it meant I had to get a doe the next morning so I could get them both packed up and ice in the cooler or go get Ice for the buck which would have meant driving over 100 miles round trip.

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    Yes good thoughts. I am just looking for a fun time chasing goats or bucks for a couple of days and hopefully shooting a nice representative animal. Back home for whitetails my goal is a pope young minimum score buck every year with any weapon. I know p & y is just archery but that is my baseline. Many years I don't harvest a buck and it isn't a big deal. Some times I get lucky and get one. Some years I pass on nice deer that would make it knowing there are bigger ones around. I am just looking for a nice animal and having a good time, not just driving around and shooting one and being done. As far as time off I can get about any date for a week. I will have to look at gps and get the chip. That sounds like the ticket. Thanks for all the info.

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    I have a Garmin Oregon 600 and have the Colorado landowner chip for it and it is really helpful. I will get the Wyoming chip when my plans include Wy...probably next year. One thing to remember is that the private land status is only as good as what the local county recorder has put on their own map. If they havn't updated the maps recently, the info could be old. Usually the private land doesn't change, just who currenty owns it. Problems could show up if you wanted to contact owner for permission to hunt/trespass. Just sayin............
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    The gps chip is one of the best things I ever bought! Last year was the first year I had it and I dont know how I went so long without it. Even on the private land I hunted last year it was very helpful do be able to see the boundaries of the ranch I had permission to hunt.

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    Yes it sounds helpful. Can you get free updates time to time or do you need to buy a new chip every so many years? A lot of helpful info for a newby like myself. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky19 View Post
    Yes it sounds helpful. Can you get free updates time to time or do you need to buy a new chip every so many years? A lot of helpful info for a newby like myself. Thank you!
    The chip I have (its actually a download) you have to purchase the update every year. Unless you know exactly where you will be hunting and know it well, that chip will be the best investment you will make in quit some time, at least that is how I feel about it.

    Put it this way, that chip will inevitably save you a $200 plus dollar trespass ticket at least once. Or it will get you into animals because you once thought the land was private.

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    After using the chip last year I liked it so much I am going to get it for every state I hunt even if the area is mostly public land! Look on www.huntinggpsmaps.com for more info on them. I have a garmin oregon 450t gps.

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    Ok thanks people. Another maybe dumb question- if successful do you quarter the animal where you shot it or debone it or what if you are a ways from the vehicle. I assume it is ok to leave the carcass at the point of kill?

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    Depends on the situation for me. How far from the vehicle you are, terrain, ect. If its tough going and a long ways I would most likely bone it out there. If its not to bad or far I will take them out whole or cut them in 1/2 and pack 1/2 at a time. It also depends on if there is a place to hang it up once you get it out. Not as much reason to get it out whole if there is not a place to hang it up.

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    I had the GPS chip for my garmin 450t when I hunted eastern montana for mule deer. I was able to zoom in on the private land far enough and it gave the land owners name and out of luck I called the guy when I looked up his name and he was nice enough to give me permission so we met up with the rancher and also got a lot of info from him.so don't always think cause its private u will never be able to hunt it,ask it never hurts you might be surprised and also get some other good info from the rancher. We hunted lots of block management but if u don't call and get your name in it will get booked up because they only allow so many people on at once. We hunted south of mile city on the Bise Ranch that was block management and my buddy shot a 165" and a guy earlier that week shot a 170". So that block management can hold good deer. Good luck

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