To bag or not to bag

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Ataulbe1, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 12 pointer

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    For those of you who cooler age deer. Do you bag the meat or leave loose, packed with ice? We just started doing this a few years ago and this year is the first we tried bagging it.

    Meat stayed nice and red as opposed to the ones we packed with ice, but I read that the moisture can cause the meat to spoil. I'm skeptical...anyone ever had that issue?
     
  2. OLE RASPY

    OLE RASPY 10 pointer

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    I’ve never done the cooler thing but I’ve always deboned and put in non scented garbage bags and put in refrigerator for no more than a week. Then I cut up and put in freezer. I’d rather do it this way.
     
  3. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    If in cooler, I'd pull the plug and tilt it to let the water drain......
     
  4. EastKYHardwoodHunter

    EastKYHardwoodHunter 6 pointer

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    I’ll keep my quartered up deer on ice in a cooler for at least 5 days, allowing the water to run off and out of the cooler. gets rid of a lot of excess blood and meat is just fine.
     
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  5. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 12 pointer

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    We've talked about buying an old refrigerator for deer camp just for that reason. We always run out of room.
     
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  6. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 12 pointer

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    Yep this is how we do it as well. Good cooler, drain open, and usually around 4-7 days. Sounds like you all dont bag it?
     
  7. huckleberry

    huckleberry 6 pointer

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    I just quarter and put in a few tubs in the fridge for at least 4 days. Don't like mine swimming.
     
  8. EastKYHardwoodHunter

    EastKYHardwoodHunter 6 pointer

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    Vacuum seal after the 5
     
  9. EastKYHardwoodHunter

    EastKYHardwoodHunter 6 pointer

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    Try that again...debone and vacuum seal after the 5 or so days on ice how we do it
     
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  10. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

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    I debone it. Put in cooler of ice water. Soak it 3 days. Everyday drain the water and add water and ice. 4th day cut up and wrap it. Like to soak the blood out of it. Never had any problems keeping it this way. Been doing it for years.
     
  11. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 12 pointer

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    I done it this way for years, never had a problem
     
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  12. Pointpuller

    Pointpuller 8 pointer

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    My deer meat isn't ever touching water let alone soaking in it. I keep it cool and dry until I process it. Kinda like they do with beef............hint,hint.
    Do y'all think they soak your beef in water before its processed? Hell no.
     
  13. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

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    They can do with Beef what they want. I have a Beef killed every year. I don't soak it either. But will soak my Deer meat.
     
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  14. keith meador

    keith meador Got the Spotted Fever

    I've started bagging the meat and then putting on ice. If I have time, I'll go ahead and vacuum seal and then put it on ice.
    I never had any issues putting the meat in the cooler on ice in the past. When I started bagging, then putting on ice to age, the meat seemed to be in better shape. Not that gray look. When I put it in ziplock bags, I don't want any additional moisture on the meat. If I can get the skin off, and hang the carcass over night, that's when I seem to have the best results. In the early season, if I see the deer go down, I'll go immediately to the deer and field dress it, get it to the house, and start getting the skin off.
     
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  15. model70

    model70 8 pointer

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    That's how I do it if the weather ain't right for letting them hang.
     
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