Read an interesting article in a recent Bugle. In an interview with a renowned elk biologist, the biologist stated his opinions that the elite bulls are what he called "shirkers". In his words, despite popular opinion, super bulls do NOT participate in the rut.
He said the same thing holds true for deer.
His reasons are fairly straight forward. Shirker bulls (or chickens):
- Do not waste energy reserves on the rut leaving them in better health going into the long hard winter.
- Since they haven't lost their heads, they stay hidden more and are less likely to be killed, by people or otherwise.
Both of these forces work to keep the bull alive longer.
True, genetics, luck, no antler damage, etc all play a huge role, but making the ultimate bull requires he also stay out of the rut.
So what do you think, do big bulls practice abstinence?
Just to be specific the biologist was referring to the cream-of-the-cream bulls not just a big bull, but the B&C or P&Y world record breaker. To quote a line in the men in black movie.... "The Best of the Best of the Best of the Best of the Best of the Best of the Best..."
[ This Message was edited by: bitmasher on 2003-12-27 20:42 ]