I drew one of 15 Northeastern General bull tags here in CA.
The dates are awesome from 9/18 - 9/29. I think I can get one scouting trip in August and also 5 days of scouting before season starts.
I posted last year I drew it and think I wrote a little story about it. my two friends killed bucks. One a 24 in. 4x4 w/eyegaurds. other a 3x4. I hunted with rifle. First trip a say a couple forkies and last evening took a 630 yd shot...at a nice 4x4 that stopped coming down the mtn. near dark thirty. shot high twice. The second trip the last 4 days of season we hunted. That's when the two bucks were taken. passed on forky. Jumped a wide 3x3 w/eyegaurds but couldn't get a shot. Next day spotted him laying down at 583 yds. Looking at me. Hit rock in front of his chest twice. He got up and shot high. Maybe the ending is in the Calif. forum or X12 ? Sawfish said the cut the tags from 860 to 680 this year.
Drew my Xzone tag but struck out on elk, antelope and sheep. Hopefully this will be the year. I have pulled the tag twice in the past but have eaten a tag both times.(have only seen small bucks) We are going to try a new area this year so we shall see. Good luck to all this season!
Yea, I was just up there a couple weeks back poking around and backpacking in the higher country above the Leavitt Meadows pack station, several miles in. I was going to check out the Bodie Hills some too to see what was down lower but did not have much time. I think I must have been gone and missed that thread. Typically seeing X12 I would have looked at at least for the memories and to cheer you on...
860 down to 680 makes the odds go down so much more. Unless I try with a more primitive weapon for better odds it's just that many more years before getting drawn. I have a friend that's fed up with waiting that long. He is at 5 points now and waiting and I think he may just not put in for there again after he draws.
Struck out on everything, even my C-tag (second choice)and a-1 (archery c zone) for my third choice!