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    Quote Originally Posted by Poke 'Em View Post
    Leaving a ball attached is the dumbest rule we have, IMO, since the regs don't dictate sex (in most cases), but rather antlered vs antlerless. But, it's the law, so I follow it...
    Would you rather leave the head attached? I think the balls are probably lighter and easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bambistew View Post
    That would certainly be an easy feeling. In AK the meat has to be out of the field before the horns, and the horns have to be sealed in 10 days. Coincidentally sheep does not require you leave proof of sex attached, the horns are proof... I guess sheep hunters are more conscientious
    I donít really agree with it but itís the way the law is written.
    In the age of sat phones/InReaches they could shorten the length of time for reporting a harvest and extend the length of time it has to be plugged
    An intact head and cape must be personally presented to FWP within 48 hours. Iíd prefer to call them immediately, get to work on packing the meat out and return for head and camp.
    ďTo me, if you donít eat it, then itís not a point of prideĒ. -Matt Rinella

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLS View Post
    Would you rather leave the head attached? I think the balls are probably lighter and easier.
    What's the point of leaving a ball attached? It doesn't prove that what you shot was antlered.

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    I think it might need to be changed to consider how the animal may have chosen to identify themselves. They may use a different bathroom than you might have otherwise expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poke 'Em View Post
    What's the point of leaving a ball attached? It doesn't prove that what you shot was antlered.
    No, leaving a nut attached does not prove that what you shot was indeed antlered. However, it does greatly increase the likelihood the animal you shot was indeed antlered. In addition it helps clarify the fact the carcass does indeed belong to the antlered head it may or may not accompany.

    Believe it or not, people do try to sneak out animals that were not legal for the given tag they had. This goes both ways, including taking bucks on a doe tag, and does/cows on antlered tags. Having to leave proof of sex attached to one of the quarters and/or chunk of boneless meat is one of the biggest indicators someone is trying to cheat with their tag. You can believe that or not, thatís truth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TBass View Post
    Thou shalt not complain about getting a citation in MT for performing said action then.
    I'll cross that bridge if/when I have to. Not been a problem yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLS View Post
    No, leaving a nut attached does not prove that what you shot was indeed antlered. However, it does greatly increase the likelihood the animal you shot was indeed antlered. In addition it helps clarify the fact the carcass does indeed belong to the antlered head it may or may not accompany.

    Believe it or not, people do try to sneak out animals that were not legal for the given tag they had. This goes both ways, including taking bucks on a doe tag, and does/cows on antlered tags. Having to leave proof of sex attached to one of the quarters and/or chunk of boneless meat is one of the biggest indicators someone is trying to cheat with their tag. You can believe that or not, that’s truth.
    This is correct.
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    I'm genuinely surprised there aren't explicit directions on what to do with your tag when you debone an animal. Still not clear in this thread what should be done, but I know I've always attached it to the meat on my first load (often on the antlers, so it's easy to get to) and then leave it in the truck for the following trips, under the assumption that if I run into a warden, he's going to want to follow me back to my truck to check the rest of the animal anyways. Not sure if that's the right method or not, but I definitely don't want to run into a warden with a punched tag in my pocket and a dead animal on the ground - that's absolutely not legal.

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    Yup it has to be on the animal or with the meat . Having it in your pocket until u get animal out is totally illegal .

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