Did you hear about the disease that is causing problems in the KY elk herd??? It is some weird "bug" that spoils the meat that is anywhere near the spine.
I tell you what, since I am firefighter that is trained in a lot of areas...when you are successful, remove the tainted meat along the back of the elk...aka backstraps....and send them to me.
I will dispose of them for you!!!!
Why shoot on the last day what you wouldn't shoot on the first?