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    Default Any cow elk only hunters this year?

    I am taking a couple guys who have never elk hunted before to WY this year to go after a cow elk. We discussed bull options, but both of them would rather cut there teeth on a lower priced tag. I don't have the unit narrowed down yet that we will be going to. I'm a novice elk hunter my self. Looking forward to a week in the mountains and hopefully some full coolers.

    Who else is going after a cow tag straight from the get go?

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    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    South East Colorado


    I'm putting in for a cow in Idaho and might be grabbing a leftover cow in Wyoming as well.
    I'm an addict...archery, rifles, shotguns, handguns, muzzleloaders, hunting, fishing, fly fishing..and I don't want rehab

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    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Southern Indiana


    I've only hunted a cow, but that's because I haven't drawn a bull tag yet. I'm in for a Type 1 and a Type 6 this year. I'm hoping for the Type 1, but won't be crushed as long as I draw at least a Type 6.

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    I was drawn for a damage hunt in Central MT .
    It is cow only I can shoot two.
    Went first part of January and could only find Bulls .
    We hunted up on to 50 bulls, no cows.
    It runs to Feb 15th. I may go back and thru again first part of February.

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    I hunted cows only this season as I didn't draw my first choice type 1 tag and drew a type 4 as my second choice. I had every intention to pick up a General tag, been I ended up chasing grouse and antelope all September. I ended up seeing a lot of bulls. If I had been bull hunting, I'd have filled my tag on opening day and not gone elk hunting (with my own tag)again until January (drew a type 7 tag too). I'm actually glad I didn't have a bull tag. I got to spend more days afield and get a better feel for the unit for future hunts.
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    A buddy and I are hoping to pull a cow tag in WY this year. It will be our first year/first attempt at it. Studying onx, gohunt, and WY F&G until my eyes have crossed.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    SW Michigan


    Cows with Cushman 2018. Researching quality tent soundproofing as we speak. That is if Uncle Sam says I can.

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    Headed to Wyoming this weekend for a late season cow elk hunt.

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    Cows are good eating. Better than a smelly old bull IMO. I have a shoulder tag for HD 215 in Montana, good only on private land. I haven't been out since the general season closed, but I'm hoping to this weekend.
    Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly.

    Micah 6:8

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    i have to wait 7yrs before i can even put in for a bull again in my home state. Hopefully i can draw a cow.
    Life is too short for stupid dogs and ugly guns.

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    With the price increases everywhere, I see almost all cow hunts in my future. Someday I’d like to shoot a bull, but the cow tags are easier to draw and much easier to justify to my wife.

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    One of these years I'll try going after a bull but I'm really a meat hunter so cows are good.

    I drew a cow tag in WY last year and filled it over Thanksgiving. I plan on putting in again for the same tag, same area. My parents live in the hunt area where I drew/put in, REALLY nice to have a hot shower and soft bed to sleep in every night.
    "Experience is the best teacher, but it doesn't have to be your experience that you learn from." - Jim Wideman

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    I hunted for cow elk this year. I couldn't get an archery tag in the area I hunt in Idaho, all my buddies didn't pick up their bull tags before they sold out. We picked up leftover cow tags in ID in a couple units and filled 4 of 7. 3 of the hunters are first timers with filling an elk tag. They are happy to have a freezer full of meat and get their first elk. My first 4 elk were cows, which I would be happy to shoot one every year if I have a tag. Good eating and help keep my motivation high for looking for mature mule deer.

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    I'm putting in for a cow tag only in Wyoming this year because I don't want to risk burning my points in a year where a move and job change is likely with vacation uncertain. I'll use it to scout a unit for a bull tag in the next few years and if I can't manage the hunt the price is a lot easier to swallow as a donation to Wyoming game and fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoWiser View Post
    With the price increases everywhere, I see almost all cow hunts in my future. Someday Id like to shoot a bull, but the cow tags are easier to draw and much easier to justify to my wife.
    I have only hunted cows. Bulls are cool, and sometimes seem easy to find (I had a sweet shot on a nice bull this year. He would have died right next to a road, too), but I'm mainly there for the hunting experience and the meat. I shudder to think what it would cost me to get a nice set of elk antlers home....

    I also like that cow tags tend to be cheaper, but this is my current beef with Wyoming. Why are so many of the cow tags there full-price? That seems cruel and unusual to me.

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    I did the same thing this year. It was my first year elk hunting, and I went for the cow tag. I don't regret it either. I think the most important thing to start out is to just get out there and start learning.
    The day I stop hunting is the day I stop breathing.

    You can't eat antlers!!!

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    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Socialist Republic of Kalistan


    I waited 10 years to hunt a cow in Kalistan with a bow! I would have probably waited my lifetime to hunt a bull with the point structure that is out here.

    I am headed to NM or CO next year and undecided on whether to go cow or bull at this point. Can't beat the bounty!!!

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    You can't eat the horns! Thats what we like to say. I have a shoulder season tag for 217 in Montana that I hope to fill before the end of the season.

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    I try every year to draw a cow tag in Montana. It usually takes a year or two of applying to draw a tag, which I'm fine with.
    I drew "b" or cow tag in 2016 and fill a cow tag opening weekend. In 2015 I just had a general bull tag, and I was hunting mid-November and I found a single set of large elk tracks. It was cold, and the tracks had been made the night before, so I started tracking this big bull. I found his first bed at 9-10 that morning after about a mile of tracking. He left that bed and joined up with a cow/calf pair which I thought was rather strange. They lined out and crossed a large park, so I figured it was early morning or at night when they traveled through the meadow. I went to the truck and drove around to the opposite side of the park and resumed tracking around 11AM. The elk were headed up to a large mountain to bed. Anyhow, I tracked for about another hour and a found out the bull was a 800 pound cow. She was huge and had bedded about 100 yards upslope from the cow/calf pair that I never seen. She would have cut up a lot of steaks/burger and her coat was really blonde like a bull. She would have been a real trophy for me. Good luck in the draws.
    Kalispell Montana home to 75% genuinely good individuals, controlled by 25% of the most arrogant people you will ever meet.

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    Hunted for cows 2 of last 3 seasons. Will again this year ,if I don't draw a bull tag.

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    I usually get an either sex tag. I like antlers but I believe in non-discrimination based on sex when it comes to public land elk hunting. For those who aren't politically correct, Never look a gift horse in the mouth!

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    Well, the SDGFP commission voted Friday to cube big game points.

    That means I and my wife will be hunting cow tags for a few years in preparation for hunting out of state. We will never draw a bull tag here.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Front Range of Colorado


    I hunt on a cow tag every year. The unit I hunt is an otc bull unit but an easy draw for cow. Since there are brow tine restrictions hunting a bull means an extra trip to pack out the proof. I care more about the freezer!

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    Any one ever rifle hunt cows in September in Wyoming? Theres a few tags I've seen with restrictions as far as "below (Name) creek, above Highway (number)" that start in September and go through December.

    Anyone ever go on such a hunt in northwest Wyoming? Reply on here or PM me if you don't want the information to be public.

    I have seen that most of the land is private but remotely accessible (long hike). I also know that it is grizzly country. I am assuming thats why the tag exists and is historically undersubscribed.

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    We are applying for cow tags in Wyoming in a zone that normally has lots of left over tags. If successful we will apply for doe antelope tags in a nearby zone that also had left over tags last year.

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