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Found deer after 21 hours...need confirmation?

Old 11-05-2008, 12:32 PM
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Default Found deer after 21 hours...need confirmation?

More details to follow. Hit a deer last night. Long story short, I hit back and caught liver. Backed out last night. Went back this morning couldn't find it. Went back this afternoon and found it. About 400 yards from where I shot it. Temps over night were in the 40's. Temps were in the 60's when I found it. I know what my opinion is but want to hear from you all. Meat still good...yeah or neah?
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:35 PM
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Certain parts could be. Use your nose and If It smells alright I'd take It.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:38 PM
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When you found it, was it in a location where it would have been in direct sunlight for an extended amount of time. If it had been sitting in an area where it would be shaded this would help keep it cool. I would say it is more than likely ok, as long as there isn't any sighn of real noticeable discoloration andthe smell of decomposing meat.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:41 PM
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Take the meat away from the carcass and smell it, if it smells fine you're set.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:43 PM
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If it was in the shade and it doesn't smell, i'd take it...
how bad was the animal bloated?

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Old 11-05-2008, 12:49 PM
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Certain parts could be. Use your nose and If It smells alright I'd take It.
x2 - The nose knows
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:50 PM
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The side of the deer that was touching the groundmight be bad, the ground helps retain body heat, causing it to spoil. I had this happen to me 2 years ago. But you never know
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:02 PM
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Yup you need to do the sniff/jerk test. Butcher the deer up and smell each section of meat. If your head jerks back then toss that piece.
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:05 PM
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I helped find a friends deer one year, about 24 hours later after the shot, got into some real thick stuff, hands and knees, little blood but finally found it. It was really bloated and half the deer was spoiled. Does that mean the other half isn't spoiled ? We cut it up and the other half was fine, no smell, so the sure fire method is your sense of smell. If it doesn't have the right color like normal and just doesn't smell right, toss it. Better to err on safe side.
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Old 11-05-2008, 03:16 PM
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it depends on what the temperature was like. if it was hot then probably not but if it was alittle cool then it should be fine
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