TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- Jordan Beard stood in his game room -- detached from the rest of his Twin Falls home -- talking about how he bagged the animals mounted on the walls and shelves.
A stately caribou from Alaska, a mountain lion from Utah, a couple of mule deer from Idaho. He took one of the deer heads off the wall, a four-point buck he harvested last year in the South Hills. He recently got back the finished mount from Intermountain Taxidermy and Worldwide Adventures in Twin Falls.
This is a man crazy about hunting. But he didn't go at all this year.
Sure, Beard was busy. But the late start to 2011's fall weather was a discouragement -- and not just for Beard.
Deer seasons were off to a slow start this year, according to Idaho Department of Fish and Game and area hunters. And weather was a big factor.