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Legal 3pt Bull in Colorado?
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Contributors to this thread:
cnelk 18-Aug-21
FORESTBOWS 18-Aug-21
goelk 18-Aug-21
elkmtngear 18-Aug-21
goelk 18-Aug-21
midwest 18-Aug-21
Brotsky 18-Aug-21
cnelk 18-Aug-21
wytex 18-Aug-21
Franklin 18-Aug-21
Stoneman 18-Aug-21
cnelk 18-Aug-21
LINK 18-Aug-21
txhunter58 18-Aug-21
WV Mountaineer 18-Aug-21
txhunter58 18-Aug-21
>>>---WW----> 18-Aug-21
Aspen Ghost 18-Aug-21
LUNG$HOT 18-Aug-21
Bou'bound 18-Aug-21
JohnMC 18-Aug-21
Firsty 18-Aug-21
smarba 18-Aug-21
cptbs 18-Aug-21
Quinn @work 18-Aug-21
GF 18-Aug-21
Firsty 18-Aug-21
Surfbow 18-Aug-21
Prairie Dog 20-Aug-21
ryanrc 20-Aug-21
Jaquomo 20-Aug-21
Rickm 20-Aug-21
Inshart 20-Aug-21
LC Archer 21-Aug-21
Bou'bound 24-Aug-21
LINK 24-Aug-21
Jaquomo 24-Aug-21
From: cnelk
18-Aug-21
I posted this on another site, but also thought some here would like to see it.

I know some here wont shoot a lowly 3pt, but Im sure many would.

The question is - Is he legal? Does he have a 5" brow tine?

18-Aug-21
Yes he is legal

From: goelk
18-Aug-21
The bull is 4pt and legal

From: elkmtngear
18-Aug-21
4 points total counting the brow tine, right?

So one is legal, but I definitely couldn't say those brow tines were 5 inches, for sure, on the 3 point. I wouldn't shoot.

From: goelk
18-Aug-21
opps my bad i was looking the pic before playing the video. I would pass on the three point Shoot the four point

From: midwest
18-Aug-21
Watch the video to see the 3-pt Brad is referring to.

From: Brotsky
18-Aug-21
I think his left brow is definitely 5"

From: cnelk
18-Aug-21
Some of you need to practice counting antler points

From: wytex
18-Aug-21
Hard to call for me, looks a little short of 5 inches on that brow. Glad we don't have those restrictions on bull elk in most areas.

From: Franklin
18-Aug-21
That is a legal bull....only 1 brow needs to be at least 5" and the animals left brow is over 5". The animals right brow is sketchy.

With my wonderful OTC experience in Colo that is a dead bull if given a chip shot.

From: Stoneman
18-Aug-21
I only see one bull? A 3pt with what will be at least a 5 inch brow and would be legal in a Co restricted area.

I need to stop using my phone for these pre hunt bowsite games.

From: cnelk
18-Aug-21
Watch the video. There is a 5pt bull and 3pt bull feeding.

From: LINK
18-Aug-21
I’d say the left brow gets him killed.

From: txhunter58
18-Aug-21
I would pass. It’s easy to watch a video several times and guess that he is at least 5”. In real life I wouldn’t take the chance.

18-Aug-21
Yes, I’d shoot.

From: txhunter58
18-Aug-21
I would pass. It’s easy to watch a video several times and guess that he is at least 5”. In real life I wouldn’t take the chance.

18-Aug-21
I think if you read the law carefully it states 4 points or better on one side (OR) a five inch brow tine.

The bull in the picture is legal because he has 3 points, even though the brow tine might not be 5 inches long. In a previous post , my fumbling fingers hit the number 3 instead of 4. DUH!!!!!!!!

From: Aspen Ghost
18-Aug-21
I think if you read the law carefully it states 3 points or better on one side (OR) a five inch brow tine.

The bull in the picture is legal because he has 3 points, even though the brow tine might not be 5 inches long.

LOL Bill, You gave me a good chuckle with that one.

From: LUNG$HOT
18-Aug-21
From the video I wouldn’t shoot. Maybe 10/15 yards away in person might be a different story but hard to tell from the video.

From: Bou'bound
18-Aug-21

Bou'bound's embedded Photo
Bou'bound's embedded Photo

From: JohnMC
18-Aug-21
WW it is not 3 points on one side it is 4 points on one side.

Any one have a picture of a bull they have killed with a brow point 5'' or close to it. If I was betting I'd say that one is legal but would not bet a lot on it.

From: Firsty
18-Aug-21
Legal by 3/8".

From: smarba
18-Aug-21
But only if you don't shave off the velvet...LOL

From: cptbs
18-Aug-21
I wonder how many bull elk that have a brow tines are less than 5" . It seems that most I've seen would probably be over 5".

From: Quinn @work
18-Aug-21
tasty legal bull.

From: GF
18-Aug-21
So do you guys reckon those two are 1 1/2 YO or 2 1/2?

If I were of a mind to fill a tag and were given the choice, I’d take the 4-point just to prevent any discussion after the fact. At the beginning of a trip, both get a pass from me because nothing ruins a Hunting trip faster than punching a tag. Of course, God Willing, my brother would be there and I could let him take it. I owe him a pack-off anyway. ;)

Given a chance at only the 3-point, I think I might need more time to think about it than Reality would allow.

But in the last 4 days of a trip, the only reason to pass would be the Legality piece. So I would be looking VERY closely.

From: Firsty
18-Aug-21
Spikes are generally all 1.5 year olds. Most 2.5 year olds will be a legal bull. This 3x3 is a 2.5 year old that is the odd bull that might not be legal.

From: Surfbow
18-Aug-21
He's legal...that left brow is over 5"

20-Aug-21

Prairie Dog 's embedded Photo
Prairie Dog 's embedded Photo
A friend of mine got this one three or four years ago. The brow tine is 5 1/4. I think he grossed about 98 inches

From: ryanrc
20-Aug-21
In real time i wouldn't shoot. It would suck really bad if that left brow was 4 3/4s.

From: Jaquomo
20-Aug-21
Here's a tougher question: if you shot that bull and his longest brow was 4 3/4", would you call the WCO and turn yourself in?

From: Rickm
20-Aug-21
Check,

That 3 is toooo close for me. I passed a shot years ago on a spike with 10 inch brows. He was just ugly. Talked to the local warden who had seen him as well and he said it was the most unique bull he had seen and would shoot it over a 300 inches. Different strokes.

From: Inshart
20-Aug-21
Too close to call for me as well, he gets a pass............ this year :)

From: LC Archer
21-Aug-21
Just like spearfishing, if the fish doesn’t obviously look big enough, he’s going to be short. Hard to call back that arrow or stretch a tine.

From: Bou'bound
24-Aug-21

From: LINK
24-Aug-21
Jaq I call the highway patrol every time I break the speed limit so yes I’d turn myself in immediately. I will say someone’s measurement on a tine can vary more than a 1/4 from person to person. Do you measure on the top, bottom or side?Better just pass and wait on 8” brows to be sure.

From: Jaquomo
24-Aug-21
Link, this is a little more than speeding, but I get it. I keep remembering Curt Wells' Bowhunter moose hunt when he and his guide misjudged a bull by an inch and he turned himself in to AK G&F. Got a fine, but I don't remember whether they confiscated the moose.

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