Starting to think the cow hunts are as much of a pain to stay legal as the antler restrictions. Lets just say I wish my daughters tag was for any bull rather than a cow. With only 2 days to hunt before school started the pressure was on. Opening morning we saw 3 bulls, 4 cows with calves, one legal cow across a river we couldn't cross, and one legal cow on the run (I guess she knew she was legal). That evening 2 bulls no cows. Morning of day 2 - 2 bulls again, a cow with a calf, and 1 legal cow that was about 10 seconds 2 fast. I was really proud of my daughter as she had a chance for shot but passed it up - She said "It was angling away from me and I did not have a shot I felt good about" and "I didn't want to cripple it or ruin a bunch of meat".
We watched that legal cow for 10 minutes to determine it wasn't a spike and that it had no calves. When we were assured it was legal it just did not give her a "good enough" shot. We watched another cow which we knew had a calf up in the woods feed in a slough for 30 minutes without seeing the calf. Had we just walked up on the cow and watched it that long I would have been satisfied it was alone - Fortunately we watched the calf disappear into the woods and knew it was there.
Lots of moose in a small area but I had to go back to work and the kid to school. Guess we will be trying again next week. If all else fails it is an any bull area later in the season.