Ancient Native custom apparently.
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine
LOL we never waste any of the deer. other than the obvious guts. i have a deer dog and he eats anything i wont. since he costs almost as much as a child to feed, it is a win win situation. i give his dog buddies any excess bones we cant use too. the reason alot of people just take the backstraps is they are out in the middle of the bush and dont want to carry it all out. deer are officially pests here as well so very different to where you all are. plus alot of people hunt during the roar and rutting stags are very gamey.