Would you shoot a mountain lion or wolf on a deer tag?

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I recently learned that the Idaho deer tag can also be used to tag a mountain lion or a wolf. I know the odds of seeing one and getting a shot are slim, but I wanted to get everyone's opinion. If you were hunting deer in the back country, would you burn your tag on a mountain lion or wolf if given the opportunity? I'm leaning towards saying yes on the mountain lion and no on the wolf.

Your thoughts?
 

Randy11

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For the wolf, just buy an extra tag or six. Idaho is practically giving them away. I'm surprised they don't give you a handful of them when you buy your hunting license.

Mountain lion would be a tough call for me. That's not a cheap extra tag, and I'd have a hard time eating the deer tag. Killing a lion without hounds is a great achievement though.
 

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I have looked at hunting Idaho and I like that you can do this there. I would definitely shoot the lion but I would probably have a couple wolf tags anyways. I think NR wolf tags are only $30-something apiece.
 

rmyoung1

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Yes and yes. That's an easy one for me. A hunter can kill an Idaho deer a regular basis. That can't be said for lions and wolves. If you get the chance, put your deer tag on either a lion or a wolf and then come back the next year and hunt deer again.
 

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During 40 years of hunting in NV I have only seen 3 mountain lions. The last one a couple of years ago at about 40 yards while bow hunting but I didn't have a lion tag. I would definately shoot a lion because they are so rare to see without dogs.
 

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I wouldn't. I won't shoot what I don't eat, and I wouldn't eat lion, or wolf. I tried lion, and didn't like it.

The only exception is coyote. I kill them to get rid of them.
 

Joe Hulburt

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I recently learned that the Idaho deer tag can also be used to tag a mountain lion or a wolf. I know the odds of seeing one and getting a shot are slim, but I wanted to get everyone's opinion. If you were hunting deer in the back country, would you burn your tag on a mountain lion or wolf if given the opportunity? I'm leaning towards saying yes on the mountain lion and no on the wolf.

Your thoughts?
I hunt Idaho every year and always buy a very inexpensive wolf tag. It's a solid investment!



And yes, I would use my deer tag if I was out of wolf tags but I only whitetail hunt there and there are always more of those available to purchase. Dead wolf = Priceless!
 

jeremys4

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For the sake of conservation alone I would shoot a lion or a wolf if I haven't seen a big enough deer. Good luck and buy a wolf tag.
 

Odin

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I would shoot the wolf or cat. There are plenty of deer unless you are in ND.
 

twodot

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i would take a wolf or lion over a deer every time. To me a wolf hide from lower 48 is a better trophy than almost any deer. Lion, yes, just because of the unusual opportunity.
 

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BANG, BANG, BANG.....RELOAD....(repeat as necessary to conclude satisfactory termination of situation)
 

Steelhead

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If you pass on a wolf in Idaho don't tell anyone...ever. No seriously, nobody.
 

jquigley

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I don't personally have much interest in lion or wolf, unless someone has some great recipes to share. But I can certainly understand the impulse, based on everything I have been hearing from friends in that state.
 
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