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Old 01-26-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
 
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Default How long can I wait before field dressing deer?

I shot a deer today with a bow right before sunset. I tracked it for about an hour and a half. It had a pretty good blood trail, up until one point where I couldnt find any more. I am going to have to wait until tomorrow to go find it. It is going to be below 32 degrees all night, so will it still be good tomorrow? How long can I wait?

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Old 01-26-2009, 03:22 PM   #2
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Ya, tomorrow is no problem.
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:23 PM   #3
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As cold as it is, you'll be fine into tomorrow. I have no issues of waiting til morning in much warmer weather without fear of meat spoilage. It's said to get the inners out as fast as possible and to cool the meat as fast as possible. In this cold, cold weather, you'll be fine.
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Where did you hit her? she will be fine till tomorrow, but i wouldnt wait to long! What state you in
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I would think that with the cool night temps, you should be fine as far as I know. Good luck on the tracking tomorrow.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:36 PM   #6
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As cold as it is, you'll be fine into tomorrow. I have no issues of waiting til morning in much warmer weather without fear of meat spoilage. It's said to get the inners out as fast as possible and to cool the meat as fast as possible. In this cold, cold weather, you'll be fine.
+1, well put.
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:02 AM   #7
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I always get the Guts out as quick as I can. In those types of temps you will have No worries field dressing the next morning. The meat will be fine.


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just hope the coyotes dont find it first
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:12 PM   #9
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you will be fine into tomorrow morning...I shot a deer in 70 degree weather and waited 2 hours and there was nothing wrong with the meat...with below freezing temps, you will be completely fine
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you wil be fine over night. If it is below 40 you be fine for a recovery the next day
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