my post stands for my area which is all I can factually speak on.
And that is what the biologist would have called nonsense local lore/wives tales that has no place in the public domain. Their words now, not mine.
I know that because that is what they called all the hunters in Maine when the hue and cry went up about the sudden "appearance" of the coyote.
They only eat the sick and old they said. Funny, they all got sick with a coyote running them in the snow, or out onto the ice, or into traffic.
One old WWII vet pointed out he had been living and hunting the same area for his entire life, and he had never seen 13 dead deer on all the local lakes, let alone 1!
The black bear is now being called the main reason the herd is not recovering because the fawn mortality rate is extreme in certain areas in Maine. They happen to be the areas where the bear population is the highest then anywhere East of the Mississippi.
My family moved away from poaching way back in the 70's. I cannot attest to the flavor of deer shot in any month other then Nov. as this is the legal time unlike more southern states that can hunt for months. Although my brother formed the only QDMA chapter in the state of Maine and began to pick up road kills for many miles around, year round. Lots were still warm and not damaged, so after removing teeth and checking for fetus's, he would either run them to the butcher or donate them to guys with year round baits to shoot coyotes over. We could not tell one way or the other if it was a buck or doe when we ate them. I have heard all kinds of tales about a "tasty" doe or a rank old buck. So, it is up to each person to figure it out and believe what you like. I have heard about doe's tasting bad in the spring when pregnant, but the road kills we had were just fine. Who knows??
IF your experience runs counter to mine, lets start another thread and compare them. Richard is cracking down on us.