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Old 12-20-2009, 07:01 PM
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Okay, I'll be the first one to say this isn't the best idea. But I'm going to try to go hunting every chance I get for the last two weeks of the season. There will probably be a time where I'll have to cut hunting short to make an engagement or keep an appt, etc. I've wondered what would happen if, on my way out of the woods, I see a deer I want to shoot but I won't have time to field dress it or drag it back to the vehicle (I usually hike two miles into the woods). If I shoot it and field dress it (given it is cold during the day and will be so overnight), how risky is it to burry it under some leaves, etc and come back to retrieve it the next day? Obviously I don't want to retrieve a carcass that's been half-eaten by coyotes overnight, etc. But of course, I've heard story after story of people who have shot a deer at last light and have had to track/recover in the morning.
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:14 PM
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I don't, either I have time to hunt or not...
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:28 PM
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my buddy went to ohio last month and bow killed a deer at last light. He went back the next morning and recovered it. the meat was gangrous when he field dressed it. the meat had spoiled over night. I make every effort not to leave it overnight. even on a cold night it takes hours for the body temp to drop low enough to slow decomposition.

If you are thinking about doing it i would carry a block and tackle with me so you can hog dress it and hang it out of reach of the locals. then go back the next day and take it out.
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:41 PM
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We had a guy shoot a nice buck this season and couldn't find it that night. He ended up finding it the next day and the coyotes had gotten it really bad and the meat had already started to spoil
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:43 PM
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Turns out we missed this doe by about 40yds. We spent three hours looking for it in the dark. We came back about 9 hours later right at sunup the next morning. This is what we found....


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Old 12-20-2009, 07:45 PM
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dont field dress it till you are ready to drag it out
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:45 PM
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Coyotes got to eat too...
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:49 PM
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LOL, well I guess I have my answer then!! It's time to start walking out of the woods to give yourself enough time just in case...

Though it's gonna be harder to do that when I'm actually in my blind and there's "plenty of time" before I need to leave!!
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by 125py
dont field dress it till you are ready to drag it out
You are saying to leave the guts in it?? Doesn't this just lead to the meat spoiling faster? Always what I heard anyways.
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:24 PM
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I have heard that if you leave pieces of clothing ,that have a good amount of human scent on it , on a deer, it will prevent, or at least deter a yote or bear from messing w/ it
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