Hanging Deer- Warm Weather

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Rut36, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Rut36

    Rut36 6 pointer

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    I like to let my deer hang a few days before I butcher them but we are supposed to have warm temperatures all the way until Nov. 25. What is the max temperature you will let a deer hang and what are some ways to keep the deer cool besides hanging them in a walk-in fridge?
     
  2. hunter82

    hunter82 6 pointer

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    I quarter my deer up and let is sit in coolers with ice on it for 4 or 5 days draining the bloody water off daily and adding new ice when it's warm or I put in a cooler and sit in the bottom of my dads garage fridge if he doesn't already have his deer in there.
     
  3. N3tT3chMan

    N3tT3chMan Spike

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    im not sure how long you can do it but mine hung in the garage for a day in the upper 50's during the day, at night it got down to the high 30's and mine is still safe to eat.. hope this helps some.
     
  4. BRIAR

    BRIAR Spike

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    Bacteria sets in easy at 50degrees,get them in fridge or cooler as soon as possible.You don't want to mess around with taking a chance.
     
  5. turk2di

    turk2di Cyber-Hunter

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    A daytime high more than 45 im gettin leary! In the shade if at all possible!
     
  6. naturalelite

    naturalelite 12 pointer

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    Yep in these temps It would be hard to let one hang a day. If a person took one in the evening hunt and could get it caped out and hung over night it would be OK with the temps lower than 50 but there is no way I would let one hang all day in 60+ degree temps.
     
  7. stinkworm

    stinkworm 6 pointer

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    I usually de-bone and put it in a cooler. I have a large cooler that I put the grated shelving from a frig in. I placed spacers in the bottom so there is a void at the bottom for the blood and melting ice to drain. I set the cooler on an angle , pull the drain plug and cover the meat with ice. replace the ice as needed.
     
  8. jordanc57

    jordanc57 Spike

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    I'm glad someone started this topic. I've been hunting for 5 or 6 years now and fortunately have never been in a situation where I didn't have time to immediately butcher the deer.

    If I get one on saturday, I wont have time to butcher it til sunday morning.

    I was thinking maybe pack the rib cage with ice bags??

    There is a barn to hang the deer in. Is it more important to get the deer off the ground (hang in the barn), pack it with ice on the barn floor, or neither??:confused:
     
  9. quackrstackr

    quackrstackr Welcome to Fantasy Island Staff Member

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    You can leave it on the floor but pack it full of ice.

    Another thing to think about in warm temps besides just spoilage... flies. The big blowflies will be on it in no time in temps over 50* during daylight.
     
  10. jordanc57

    jordanc57 Spike

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    Yeah, the barn has a dirt floor, I guess that cool, damp dirt will be cooler than the ambient temp on saturday, so that will help some.

    Ill have to make sure we can keep the coyotes out of the barn:eek:
     
  11. jordanc57

    jordanc57 Spike

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    Guess I better kill one before I worry bout all that though..

    HAHA
     
  12. hcpwaterfowl

    hcpwaterfowl 6 pointer

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    i would let one hang right now all night. i wood just hang it by its feet and poke holes in 2 bags of ice and put them in the stomach of the deer. i woodnt let one hang during the day it gets to warm for that.
     
  13. BIGSTROKER

    BIGSTROKER Spike

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    where you from in GC
     
  14. Lady Hunter

    Lady Hunter 12 pointer

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    Gonna make sure we've got a couple bags of ice on hand in case we get anything early in the day. Dress it out, leave the skin on, and ice down the body cavity so we can keep hunting...
     
  15. BRIAR

    BRIAR Spike

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    Make sure the whole deer is able to cool with the ice.With ice just being in the chest cavity it still does not cool the hind quarters,neck,front legs,to be safe ice would need to be over the whole deer somehow.
     
  16. kissey_branch_hunter

    kissey_branch_hunter 6 pointer

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    with these temps (basically anything above 40 deg), i debone it as fast as possible, put the meat in trash bags, then stick it in a cooler with ice or my home refrigerator till I can cut it up and package it.

    I won't mess with temps above 40 for hanging deer, not worth the risk to me. If you do some research, you will see that meat will start to decompose at temps above mid 40's. Don't remember exact temp.
     
  17. Getchasum

    Getchasum 10 pointer

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    I wouldnt let one hang period too warm quarter it and cool it. If you have time to shoot one saturday you can take twenty more minutes and quarter the dang deer you owe it to the animal.
     
  18. gobblergetter

    gobblergetter 8 pointer

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    The average refrigerator temp is between 36-46 degrees according to this site but everyone recommends around 35 degrees for cooling food/meat. You can google the topic and find tons of recommendations. I'd say if the temps are close but still above 46 degrees you can cool it pretty easy with ice bags and shade. In the past that is what i've always done and its worked just fine.

    www.chacha.com/question/what-is-the-average-temperature-of-a-refrigerator

     
  19. thunderchicken09

    thunderchicken09 10 pointer

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    I always just do everything the same day. I killed one last night, just skinned it out and cut it up in about an hour. Its sittin in the
     
  20. thunderchicken09

    thunderchicken09 10 pointer

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    I always just do everything the same day. I killed one last night, just skinned it out and cut it up in about an hour. Its sittin in the fridge now.
     

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