Okay, this should while a few late winter (pre-spring?) hours away...
We've had some discussion in the distant past about hunting caribou during the rut. Specifically, the quality of the meat of certain bulls during that time. I thought for the benefit of the many new readers we have, it might be interesting to open that discussion again.
Here are a few points to consider:
1. Some bulls ingest urine from cow caribou during rut and the meat is so tainted you cannot eat it.
2. The rut generally occurs anywhere from the last two weeks of September to the first two weeks of October (does this depend on the area / latitude?)
3. Responsible hunters should avoid shooting a rutted bull, regardless of rack size.
4. Experienced caribou hunters can usually tell, by the actions of a particular bull, whether it is in rut or not.
5. Not all bulls are in rut at the same time, or at least, some are shooters (eaters) and some are not (tainted).
What's your take?