I feel your pain about the blue lettuse or tag soup. Between me, the wife, and son we have a 6 course meal of tag salad, soup and steak and for dessert tag ice cream. All I can say is there is next year.
early this season when i was mule deer hunting during kansas' early muzzle loader season, i saw few- make that ZERO mule deer. I have had those epic seasons in the past where I continued to hunt even though i knew i needed to hang up the towel. luckily, i learned from those lessons and filled my buck tag on a whitetail instead.
I could kind of tell that this year was going to be tough because there was no corn, beans or hay fields that weren't affected by the drought.
i estimate that winter kill will be very high this year because the deer and elk won't be able to find the forage they need.
if i had to pick a spot to hunt elk this year, in this weather, i would lok for a large stand of oak trees with water and dark pine forest nearby. that is the only idea i can muster in conditions this tough.
We all take every precaution when we are hunting and harvesting our animal. Well, what about after the animal is down? Do we know what has happened to that animal over it's lifetime? The following is an example of why we should be careful when we cut.
2 years ago, my father shot a nice 8 point on opening morning of the rifle season in Vermont. It was a beautiful, 2 1/2 year old deer, looked really healthy and moved normally. When my father went to skin it for...