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Old 11-02-2010, 01:37 PM
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maiden does get no break from me. they eat the best..............tony
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:21 PM
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I have always found the best eating deer to be the 1 I just harvested....
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:33 PM
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As a whole I think younger is better. But a few years ago I started smoking the loins and backstraps (whole) from my deer. I have had them from small does and last year I killed a 200+ lbs 10 pointer and the loins and back strap from this deet tasted just as good out of the smoker as the ones from a small doe. The rest of the buck was summer sausage and jerky.
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:25 PM
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I agree. A nice mid-sized doe is hard to beat...
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:33 PM
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We cut up and process all our own venison, always have. With that said, yea, we cook a lot of venison, and I haven't had a bad one yet.
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by oldshedhunter35
I have always found the best eating deer to be the 1 I just harvested....
Also any legally taken deer!!!! I hate violators/poachers with a passion!
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:42 PM
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any small to midrange doe is the best. especially the backstraps off of a 50lb doe!!!
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:42 AM
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Personally, about a 100lb doe.
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:08 AM
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agree with everything on here so far. but one thing i have found is the scent glands located on the rear legs (tarsal glands). seep into the meat if you leave the skin on to long. if i am going to hang a buck up i will skin down the back legs until i get to the hams. this helps and cuts down on the musky, gamey taste a bit on a buck whether its 1.5 or 6.5
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:36 AM
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All these pretender Chef's out of hunter's!!!!!!!


An old chef taught me how to cook meat, depending on age.

Of course, it was hard to tell the difference in a hunter's stew, with potatoes and carrots, slowly cooked, with dumplings.

P.S. I avoided hunter camps like the plague. I wasn't about to starve on hunter rations and . . . I wasn't about to get selected as Cookie, the camp cook.

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