Deer season opens Saturday in Minnesota and at least one county is demanding that hunters act more responsibly after processing their animals.
“Don’t you dare put that deer head in the recycling bin!” Otter Tail County cautioned on Facebook. “Yes, we do see animal parts such as heads or legs EVERY hunting season, but there is no reason for anyone to put those things in the recycling.”
The county explained that it’s not fair to force its staff to separate deer parts from items that can be legally recycled, so “deal with your own deer head so they don’t have to.”
The county published a list of items that end up in bins every hunting season. Besides heads they include deer legs, deer hides, dead geese and ducks – “Yes, we see those too” – and bloody cardboard.
The county might be alone in publishing this type of warning/request to its citizens. But we’re guessing that other communities where deer hunting is popular would like to share it with their residents.
–White-tailed deer image courtesy of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service