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.
Just about every hunter who has hunted big game animals has used a rope to drag his game. Over the years I have seen many kinds and sizes used for this purpose. One of my friends brought a deer to my house to hang in my garage for butchering, and he had a 1” hemp rope that was at least 12 feet long on it. It was large enough to tow a truck! Another time I saw a guy stuffing an entire 50-foot coil of that stiff, plastic rope into his pocket to use as a dragging rope.I have found that the ideal...