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Old 01-01-2010, 06:20 AM
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Last night was a great hunt but bitter sweet. Very foggy, no wind, wet. 20 minutes of dim light left in shoot time and a abig doe is crusing by. Just what I was looking for for the freezer.

Black powder up ans the scope says yep, big deer, only one, head down. I say "BAAAA" she looks up and turns broadside. Big grey face doe. never seen that before. Line her up and boom. Smoke hangs forever. Found her about 50 yards from the hit with a perfect shot high just behind shoulder blades but...her head had two mushy spots! It a BIG shed buck! pushing 200# its the biggest deer I ever saw. Sure wish he had not shed as I'm sure this would be my new trophy. THe big hide will have to do.

A minute later my son shoots at a 5 pointer. (He spooked it and it was running) We looked a lot in the dark and could find no evidence of a hit. We are going bak in to look some more today.

Here is the question: You shoot a deer and can not find it until the next day. What is your opinion of the qulaity of the meat? It was about 35*F last night and about 40*F when shot...if shot. I'm about 80% sure he missed from the tale and lack of sign but hate to loose an animal if he did hit it.

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Old 01-01-2010, 04:58 PM
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I wouldn't hesitate to eat it as long as no scavengers have found it first. A deer can hang 3-4 days in low 40 degree temperatures without any spoilage.
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Old 01-01-2010, 05:03 PM
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Yeah the bucks are already starting to drop in some areas (states).

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Old 01-01-2010, 06:18 PM
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Would not worry one bit about the meat (except if scavenged as said above). I've shot deer and had them stay out all night until I could find them the next morning. I never like to leave the field without confirmation but there are some situations that you did all you could and really have no choice.
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Old 01-02-2010, 08:59 AM
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Go find what he lost!!!
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:40 PM
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no reason to worry about meat...also, you owe it to the deer to look regardless of the "tale" from your son...plus, it will show him to do the right thing in the future
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:45 PM
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I Shoot doe on Thursday and we just put her in the freezer today and Had some backstrap wrapped in bacon for dinner,now that is what all the hard work is for. So she sat for 3 days in 38 and lower temps and was just fine. Go for it hope you find Him.
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