Morning all, I've been asked to cull a couple of fallow bucks that keep ripping up the farmers electric fence and letting the cows out. He's not massively fussed as to how quickly I get to it as the cows are coming off that part of the farm. They aren't rutting yet or they weren't when I was over there last week. I'm anxious that they'll be coming into rut in the not too distant future and they'll be at their heaviest now, but if I can't get to them until they're rutting does the testosterone taint the meat? I've never shot in the rut before but I know that they roll in their own piddle to make a fragrant cologne. As long as the meat tastes fine I don't care if they stink whilst they've still got their coats on.