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Old 02-15-2005, 01:56 PM
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The first time I went hunting I was told horor stories about the things my family would do to newbies in the family on their first hunt in NM. Although I had heard about having to eat deer droppings and the heart of my first deer, it didnt turn out that bad. I didn't get it so bad but i did have to clean my deer and my grandfathers deer, drag my deer along with my grandfathers and uncles the next day, I had no deer-carrier rights, and had to help shin all three I was around for. I had to drag one deer almost a mile, but I promise i loved every minute of it. It seemed that it was almost some sort of right-of-passage.

Just this fall I was with some college buddies and a friend shot his first deer and I had to clean it. No big deal untill I learned that the friend that was with us whos land we were on, had killed 10+ deer and someone else always cleaned it for hin. I think that is sad.
What are some of ya'lls traditions and do you think they are a good thing for first time hunters?
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Old 02-15-2005, 02:19 PM
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welcome st. edshunter, i went through the same poop during my inititation, well some people really have a hard time with it, me i just look at it as part of nature, i don't mind cleaning deer, its really not that bad and is most times the reward of hard work, i kind of question the person who will never clean a deer, but i got a cousin that prefers not to clean deer, he will but he'd rather not, it's just never been that big a deal to me. some folks can't watch er stuff on t.v. but to me it's not that bad, till they have to break bones on living people[:-], but at several places i've hunted, i see people that just don't know what to do, so i'll step up and do the best i can, no different than livestock. but i'd be willing to bet that
had killed 10+ deer and someone else always cleaned it for hin
, he may not know how
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Old 02-15-2005, 03:46 PM
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On the first buck all of the newbies get their face bloodied at least some. This year my grandson shot his first buck and while he protested, he got a little on his face just for a couple of pictures.
On cleaning deer, I have a friend that has killed over 200 and while he will dress one, he is not very good at it (hair on the meat and always cuts the gut a time or two).
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Old 02-15-2005, 03:57 PM
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Chew the tarsal gland
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Old 02-16-2005, 04:53 AM
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This is one of those times that I'm very glad that I'm self taught ...
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Old 02-16-2005, 12:47 PM
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I got a few camo shirts with the tails cut off...............
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