Here in CT Zones 1-10 end Dec 31 for landowner and archery, Zones 11 & 12 has an extended season through all of January. I think regular rifle/shotgun season ended Dec. 5th or so. They are just trying to get rid of them down by the shore as there are just too many.
Big game is over in Idaho ... but there are depredation hunts after the seasons close. I am told my name is at / near the top of the list. Good, since I still have an elk tag burning a hole in my pocket.
Off season ... I try and stay on my bike or hike as much as possible. In 2005 I hunted elk in a certain spot near here. As indicated above I never filled the elk tag - but I sure learned a lot about the whitetail deer in the area. My daughter and I took 3 deer out of a relatively small (in my mind) spot - (and I would like to think) out from under everyone else hunting the area.
So it's early September and you just took your first elk with a bow! Chances are you are feeling pretty good at this point. You get all your trophy pictures taken and the adrenaline starts to wear off. Now you start to think about the massive chore at hand. You have your work cut out for you! This early in the fall, chances are it's going to be hot when you go to field dress your animal. One of the complications that hot weather brings forth is BUGS. They will land on you and your animal, lay...