Processing your own--in the heat

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by kyhunter99, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. elkaholic

    elkaholic 12 pointer

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    I wait till it cools off some. Besides not wanting to risk having to leave a deer overnight and it being ruined, my medication makes me unable to tolerate the heat.
     
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  2. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    I just enjoy it more when it’s cooler out. Nothing wrong with early season hunting but cooler weather and deer hunting just feels right to me. I will say this, for those that have never processed your own deer, give it a shot. Is it some work? Sure. But it feels very rewarding going from the field to the freezer. I have a cuz that didn’t start deer hunting until about 7-8 years ago and he’s almost 60 now. His first deer he took to a processor then next one he killed my dad worked it up with him and man he’s gone processing crazy. Makes his own jerky and summer sausage in a little building behind his house. You’d think he’s done it his whole life. The joy he gets from having me try his jerky, summer sausage, etc... is contagious and dang he may have gotten a late start but he’s a natural. Nothing wrong with a processor at all, I’ve had some meat I’ve taken for summer sausage, jerky, etc...but for us, the work after the hunt has became almost as enjoyable as the hunt. Wish all of you much success this year!
     
  3. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    I hunt the early season, but I will only shoot a good buck in the heat. If I kill one, I get to it, gut it, and fill the body with ice ASAP. You want that meat cooled ASAP. I won't shoot a doe until the temps are cooler..... Call me lazy, but I don't want to fool with one when it is hot....
     
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  4. Iceman35

    Iceman35 12 pointer

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    I make all my own sausage, jerky, whatever, but do it when I have time, and because my wife needs gluten free ingredients. I just do not want to spend 2-3 hours after an evening hunt cutting one up, packaging it, an disposing of the carcass when I have to get up at 0430 the next morning. Plus, frankly, I’ve worked hard to get to a position in life where I’m comfortable financially, and my time is worth more than the $85-100 it costs to have a deer cut up.

    When I did do it on my own, it was rewarding, as you say, to do the whole thing by myself. I’ve got the week before gun off, so I may try it again if I get one that week.
     
  5. KYBOY

    KYBOY 12 pointer

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    No huge rush honestly. If it’s very hot I’ll pack the cavity with bags of ice on the ride home(if I’m hunt’n away)..
    If I’m at home I just go about business as usual .
    I can have a deer completely broke down, trimmed of all silver skin and in the freezer in a little over an hour anyway. Then later I make sausages, can it etc
    I’d much rather do my own personally
     
  6. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    I hear ya on the evenings before work. It’s like hunting in general. I’ve passed on a lot of evening deer, especially with a bow, due to work obligations the next day. Honestly, unless I’m off, a Friday or Saturday evening is about the only time I get to hunt evenings.
     
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  7. Iceman35

    Iceman35 12 pointer

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    Later in the season isn’t too bad. When it gets dark around 6. This time of year I only hunt evenings when I don’t have to work the next day. Even without a deer, it’s still 9 before I roll in the door.
     
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  8. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    Yep or later. About 35 mins to the closest place I hunt.
     
  9. ukyager

    ukyager 8 pointer

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    Ice in the cavity is great but the majority of meat comes from the hams, shoulder and back straps.
    Make sure to strap a bag of ice between the ham and pack ice around the shoulders and back area.
    I do this and wrap up in a trap to hold everything in place if I can’t quarter out ASAP and get on ice.
     
  10. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

    Sucks not having a truck...
     
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  11. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    I put a dozen or more in both of the SUV's I had. Explorer and then a Montero Sport.
     
  12. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

    How did you work the blood control aspect?
     
  13. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    You can buy a cargo liner that is "fluid" proof. I paid about $50 for each one. It is formed to fit your cargo area, and has ties to hold the sides up. I put two does and a buck in the Montero Sport one morning. Not a drop of blood on the carpet.
     
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  14. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    You can also buy one of those metal frames that slips into the trailer hitch receiver. Plenty big enough for a deer.
     
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  15. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

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    My buddy and I put in a walk in cooler this fall. But both of us wont hunt in the heat. Velvet Busks don't interest us. Plus drather hunt when its cooler any ways. More enjoyable.
     

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