You can not use your tag on a dead head buck. Also, you can't use your tag on a buck that you shot but couldn't find until after the season ended.
At that point, you need to get the permission of the DWR to keep it.
I collected a dead head last year. I found the animal, contacted the DWR and took them to the site, the officer investigated and I was allowed to keep the skull. It was nice to have them come out and put the effort into performing the investigation. I had my 6 year old with me and he enjoyed watching and learning from the officer. The officer was happy we did tamper with the site or the animal, it made his job much easier.
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