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    So your out in the field and you find a skull with a nice set antlers attached. Is it legal to pick up and take home?
    There wasn't enough room in the boat.

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    Interesting I would pick it up. Wonít claim it as trophy but will make a nice decoration. I donít think itís legal. You canít canít even pick up pine cones.

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    It's California of course it is illegal. Read the regs.

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    I believe you just need to notify fish and wildlife to have them give you a permit to take the dead head.

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    From what I have read in the DFW Q&A, it is LEGAL to pick up Deer Skulls with antlers attached EXCEPT in local regional parks where you can NOT even take shed antlers. Also, EXCEPT for Big Horn sheep skulls (horns) and Elk Skulls with antlers attached are NOT legal to collect. During hunting season, it still is legal to collect deer skulls with antlers but you will have some explaining to do. Make sure there are no fresh flesh or skin on it. Those are the red flags.

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    Search "collecting antlers" in their Q&A. There is no provision prohibiting collecting of skulls with antlers attached (Except Big Horn Sheep). I believe Elk is allowed. Collecting is prohibited in wildlife refuges, local parks. Public and private land, OK. This post/question was from 2012. So it may have changed now.

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    Thanks for help, I was thinking it was illegal.
    There wasn't enough room in the boat.

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    Just got back from sierras found 3 nice sheds lots of snow on ground so makes it hard to drive and find

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    Sorry; I thought this was going to be about a bunch of tokers on a Frisco trolly.
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    Sounds like a good trip, it's always cool getting out plus you got some sheds. Fresh drops from this year?
    There wasn't enough room in the boat.

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    Yes 2 from this year and one old dried one

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    Nice! No sheds for me so far, but that's OK.
    There wasn't enough room in the boat.

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