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Do you process your own deer or take it to a processor/butcher?

Old 08-27-2008, 02:22 PM
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Default Do you process your own deer or take it to a processor/butcher?

Since finding a deer processor/butcher is getting more difficult in my area, I began to wonder,how many hunters process their own deer?
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:28 PM
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every time one is harvested my father and 2 of his friends soak the meat, thenbutcher it ourselves.
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:50 PM
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I process my deer myself at my cousins house. he has a deer cooler he built in his garage
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:59 PM
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I grew up in a poor family where we truly did hunt for the meat. We hunted public land and tried to maximize the harvest on every hunting trip. We did not pass on very many animals. We butchered our own deer and rarely ate beef and then only hamburger. I ate my first beef steak when I was 18 yeas old.

I'm not poor any longer, and my hunting strategy has changed dramatically, but I still butcher all my own wild game, partly for the satisfaction of a job well done, and partly so I'm 100% guaranteed that the deer that I shot is the deer that I end up eating.
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:02 PM
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I do my own,even processed the bear got this spring,and if everything goes right I'll be processing an elk around the end of Oct.Of course it maybe more work than I'd like but I think I'd manage,now what do with that meat???
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:08 PM
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and partly so I'm 100% guaranteed that the deer that I shot is the deer that I end up eating.
this is one of the reasons that i do it myself as well.
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:15 PM
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I've always done it myself -- quality control being a big thing.
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:17 PM
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Agreed, we do all our deer. It's all part of the fun to spend time with my family. I always say if it wouldn't be for deer season I would have lost touch with many of my cousins and uncles. But we always catch uo in the fall!
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:57 PM
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I take it somewhere, it's not feasible to do it myself because of where I live. I live in a trailer park and somehow I don't think it would go over well if I had a deer hanging in my carport.

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Old 08-27-2008, 04:24 PM
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Me and my buddies have de-boneing parties,but I always go to a meat packer for the processing. Cheaper after we de-bone itand they know what they are doing. Plus by the time I'd add all the equipment it wouldn't be worth it for me. Just don't know 100% positive if I get my deer back.
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