I wouldnt shoot a dink on a doe or cow tag simply because that isnt really what the tags were intended for as far as managment goes.
I beleive they are trying manage the male to female ratio on those hunts as well as reduce actual number of animals.
I personally am not a fan of shooting little baby bucks or spikes that are still wearing diapers.
But I wouldnt exactly talk smack to someone who does.
thats my .02cents
If I see horns and I have a tag for a female animal, I wouldn't pul the trigger. The reason this is legal is because someone could honestly shoot what they saw as a doe/cow only to find out that the critter had horns. So I would question someone if they had one down, but if I knew it was a male shooting would be unethical to me personaly. Very interesting question though .
I think it depends on the situation. A couple years ago, I had a cow elk tag for the South Slope Vernal area, and shot what I thought was a small cow. It ended up being an immature bull. I couldn't tell until I got right up to it to start cleaning. Had I known it was a baby bull, I would have chosen another animal, but impossible to tell. Those situations happen, and I won't condem anyone for that. However, If horns can definitely be seen, then I would definitely not shoot.
I will add my agreement to what has been said. I agree that the intent of the wording in the proclamation is to not penalize an honest mistake. And I agree that if you can identify a small bull let him grow and take another anamal.
I popped a doe on an either sex hunt in Idaho when I was a teen ager. I went to gut it and saw little buttons on the head and different gear than I was expecting down below. It was legal for the tag so I guess it doesn't address the question. But the principle would seem that avoid it if you can, but if you don't/can't see the small spikes, then know you are legal and tag the animal.
Last year I hiked/stalked over a mile to a "cow" elk that had grown into a 5-6" "bull" by the time I got within 150 yards. :x From a mile away looking through the binoculars I was sure that it was a cow. I saw 13 different bulls (all under 150 yards) that day. Not a single cow could be found during the whole hunt!!!
Oh, well. Needless to say I didn't shoot it. Ended up not filling the tag. I think that if you can tell it's a buck/bull, then you shouldn't shoot it while hunting a cow/doe tag.
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