Processing Cost

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Ataulbe1, Nov 11, 2020.

  1. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 12 pointer

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    Still in the kitchen Ky
    Thanks LH. Buddy has a 2.5hp but thats outside my paygrade, didnt know what size im after. Thanks for the tip!
     
  2. Tankt

    Tankt 8 pointer

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    My 3/4 hp is about perfect for me. It grinds everything and is still mobile. Sure I would like to have a 1.5 hp but it would be a pain moving it
     
  3. bigbonner

    bigbonner 12 pointer

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    I have seen some deer that hunters skinned and drug in that was covered with hair and dirt . I would refuse to take deer in like that.
    I do all my own meat , I just wish I had a walk in cooler.
     
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  4. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    Do my own as well. We all pitch in and help each other in our party quarter and get in coolers then change ice and water and cut up over a couple days. If I want summer sausage or jerky I may take it in but two in our party are starting to do that too (and I think I will start soon too) so really no need for a processor anymore.
     
  5. CRFmxracer

    CRFmxracer 12 pointer

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    I’d like to start processing my own but I’ve never done it before.
     
  6. Tankt

    Tankt 8 pointer

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    Its a piece of cake. Just follow the white lines on the hams. Grind or roast the shoulders. Straps and loins are self-explanatory

    I'd be happy to show ya some time

    You will need to bring beer for the free lessons
     
  7. CRFmxracer

    CRFmxracer 12 pointer

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    I would gladly bring bourbon and beer. Where are you located
     
  8. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

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    I may take ya up on that if we get settled in before deer season next year.
     
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  9. Drahts

    Drahts 12 pointer

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    I bought a large grinder from Tractor supply. It came with 3/8 plate holes and I bought a 1/8 too. It has a large wheel with handle for cranking. I'm to old and my shoulders are shot for that crap, so the wheel has a fan belt slot so I bought a belt and dug out an ole motor. I can grind a whole deer in like 12 minutes with the 3/8 and again with the 1/8 and it looks like what ya find on the meat counter. I think I have $90 in it. If I remember and if we are lucky enough to kill one I'll take pics of the setup.
     
  10. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 12 pointer

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    Sounds like the same one I have. We bought it probably 15 years ago and did several deer, just wears you out hand cranking. Finally broke down and bought an electric grinder. Just finished one up about 10 minutes ago. Believe that was the 8th deer we've ground with it. Worth every penny.
     
  11. Munson

    Munson 12 pointer

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    From what I've been told our local processors are packed and won't be taking many if any deer. Doesn't affect me bc I like to know the deer I'm eating is the one I put on the ground. To each there own tho.
     
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  12. rcb216

    rcb216 12 pointer

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    I got a cheaper LEM 3/4 hp. Grinds like a champ. I have done prolly 5-6 deer a year for breakfast sausage, summer sausage, and burger. Had it for 5-6 years. Only complaint I have is the noise. Wish it was quieter. I have replaced the cutting blades. Other then that I keep it clean and boxed up. DONT PUT THE METAL IN DISHWASHER!
     
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  13. ukyager

    ukyager 8 pointer

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    Cabelas is sold out of the 1/2 hp carnivore with no info when they will be back in stock. That’s in store and online.
    Ended up ordering a LEM 1/2 hp big bite model from Scheels website.
    It was on sale and came with a $50 scheels gift card. $328.99 shipped.
    Gift card came today and I ordered some more processing supplies.
    Thought it was pretty good deal if your looking...
     
  14. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 12 pointer

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    Still in the kitchen Ky
    Thank you!
     
  15. WaterDog88

    WaterDog88 10 pointer

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    It's not hard. Lots of videos on youtube. Kentucky afield did a good video on it too. Just take your time with it.
     

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