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Legal bull for Colorado?
Got this funky bull on trail camera.
Not sure if the brow tones are 5 inches but he does have 4 points on his left antler
if he has four on one side he is legal.
I was once told if you can see the brow tines without using binocs they are at least 5 inches...I'd still be hesitant to shoot based on brow tines though.
The one in these pics? I think he is legal, but not sure if I would shoot him. Mostly because I "THINK" he is legal, but am not positive...8^)
MT... You wrote: . I "THINK" he is legal, but am not positive...8^:
I've moose hunted in Alaska. In my area, they had to be 50 inches. I know 2 different people who shot sublegal bulls because they "thought" that they were big enough.
So, folks definitely need to be sure before shooting...
He's legal with the 4 on that one side. He's either a 2 year old with terrible genetics or a yearling with great genetics.
I can't see the fourth on my phone plainly. Based on the browtune restriction, I'd pass. I would shoot any legal bull but would be too nervous to shoot that one in a hunting situation unless I could see 4 points plainly.
Here is another side view
Yep, good enough for Colorado OTC...I'm shooting!
Best of Luck, Jeff
He's legal...but he sure is ugly!
I like your other bull better! LOL
I killed a big bull one year that had a distinctive crown on top. The next year a spike showed up with that same 4 point "crown" on the same side. He was "legal" even though he had no brow tines. Some guy shot him during rifle season. I think he would've been another bruiser if allowed to grow up.
"He's legal...but he sure is ugly!"
I've heard that about some other species........ :)
Looks like an elk, tastes like an elk, 4 points on one side...
As long as I was sure he was legal, I'd shoot him on OTC.
That one behind him looks tasty with an either sex tag and no worries about points.
Left side has 4....shoot!
Yep shooter i pass to let him get bigger
Never really understood Alaska`s 50" Moose rule....width is a hard # to nail down and why is 49.5" NOT legal and 50" is....these arbitrary numbers are silly.
Frankin, I am sure someone more knowledgeable than I on the subject will respond to the effectiveness of the elk 4pt restriction (not so successful for Mule Deer thus removed a few years into it if I remember correctly).
Albeit there have been a lot of illegally killed elk and left to lay as a result.
If anyone doesnt like the 4 pt rule, there is always the option to apply for units that have no point restrictions. Some of those units are 0-1 PPs
And if someone doesnt like the 50" Alaska bull moose rule, there are plenty of units to hunt that are 'Any Bull'
Life is about choices
the Colorado biggame regs. read, "four point rule" Bull elk taken in all seasons must have four points or more on one antler, or a brow tine of at least 5 inches long. So, if you have a three/two point bull, that includes a 5" brow tine, doe's this make the bull legal? Sure sounds that way to me.
Yes, it has to have a 5 inch brow tine or have 4 points on one side to be legal. God Bless
Back in the late 90s when the DOW changed to the 3pt rule [later to the 4pt rule] they determined that a 2-3 yr old bull typically has a 5in brow or 4 points.
The reason for either/or would be in case a bull thats breaks off his main beam half way up would still meet the criteria of 5in/4pt rule
so yes, if a bull has 2-3pts on one side, but in fact has a 5in he is considered in that age class
All I look for when hunting bull elk is one 5in brow, makes it real easier than counting points