Hunting season is here again and I would like to ask hunters to not take elk or deer with multibranch antlers. The best meat comes from a dry doe or cow who is a yearling. Enjoy the scouting, the stalk, and the time with friends and relatives in camp.
Studies show the extreme necessity of leaving the multipoint males in the forest to breed. The large males call more often and louder, which makes the females gather in larger numbers and come into breeding readiness in a more even way.
Do not take these proven genes out of the gene pool. What is the sport in calling in a large male with your bugle when he is in a breeding craze and easy to kill? The meat is tough and full of hormones.
Become true sportsmen and sportswomen and take these animals only with a camera.
Enjoy your hunt and take home some good meat for a change.
Odos Lowery, natural resource specialist, Boise