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Old 12-18-2008, 05:34 PM
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I quarter it in the field, put it in a cooler when I get home, and let it sit for about three days while changing the ice every day.
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Old 12-18-2008, 05:57 PM
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I let mine hang 7 days or until the tendon on the hock gets clear. I tried from a few days to two weeks and pretty much longer is better.
I use the walk-in cooler at our clubhouse. I process all the deer I get and here in S.C. that's pretty much unlimited.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:27 PM
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Shoot it, skin it, quarter it and put it on ice.... Will stay on ice till I get time to cut it up or take to the processor... I have had them on ice from just a fewhours to days before getting them cut up, haven't noticed a difference in the meat either way...The older deer are always a little tougher but they usuallyend up in hamburger or sausage at my house anyway.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:57 PM
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I cut mine up and freeze them as soon after I kill them as possible. Remove all the fat and connective tissues and the meat will taste as good as it's ever going to.
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Old 12-19-2008, 05:26 PM
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If I wanted my deer burger to taste like hamburger I'd just buy hamburger or shoot a cow.
lol... good answer!!
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Old 12-19-2008, 05:52 PM
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When cold I hang with skin on for about a week. Better meat that way. The worst thing you can do is butcher it in the first 2 days. It tastes ok that way but I find the meat is tougher.The only negative is it is harder to skin the deer after aweek but as long as it isn't too cold it is ok.
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