I managed to get a spike this year after a few dry years. Nice to have the freezer turned on again. Overall it was a year of firsts for our group which raised questions we didn't have answers for. 1. Opening day we came across a huge elk carcass that was only missing the head. It wasn't there during deer season and I don't see any other seasons open between deer and elk. Should we have reported it to the poaching hotline? There wasn't anything obvious(like a poachers drivers license) laying next to it. 2. One of our group members shot a spike opening afternoon just before dark. He looked for it with no luck and assumed that he missed it. I was busy with mine so we decided to look again in the morning as a group. After looking in the morning we figured that the shot was missed and elk was long gone. 24 hours after the shot we stumbled across the elk. It was bloated and the coyotes had had a good time with it. I went ahead and gutted it in the dark hoping we could save it. Went in he next morning and it was obviously not good meat. The animals had another night of feeding and the meat was green and smelled bad. Should we have tagged it and left it? Just left it? Reported it? Can the shooter still hunt since they did shoot an elk? When it comes to reporting online do they report that they got an elk? We figured yes on this one.