No downside to buying a tag. Other than you will be out the cost of the tag.Some tags are Premium tags and you have to put in for the drawng (already done this year). Other tags are OTC. Here is a list of available tags. http://nrm.dfg.ca.go...amp;inline=true
Everybody has a different procedure for "after the kill". A lot of it depends on your location, distance from camp/vehicle, terrain, etc. All I can tell you is what works for me.1. Gut the deer on the ground @ the kill sight, then stitch the cavity closed to keep the inside clean. No need to bury guts. Keep Heart and Liver in a ziplock.2. I carry the deer over my shoulders, firemans carry style, back to camp/vehicle.3. Hang it by back legs on a Gambrel and skin it. Most butchers wont take a deer with the skin on it.I have a fridge in the garage, take the shelves out and stick the whole deer in the fridge for a few days. I butcher the deer myself.