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#1037336 - 11/18/08 02:11 PM Re: Meat processing [Re: jeff]
JimFromTN
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I don't know if you get your deer back or not. I do know that they throw away allot of your meat because it takes a long time for them to deal with. I had a processor say that if they could not butcher a deer in 20 minutes then they were losing money.

I butcher all my own deer unless I don't have time and those times that I don't have time, I usually regret. I hate processor cuts. As for chilling/hanging, I don't bother. I usually have the deer processed and in the freezer within 24 hours of killing it. If I don't have time to finish butchering the deer that day, I will take all the meat off the bone and put it in large covered pots in the frig overnight so I guess that counts as chilling.


Edited by JimFromTN (11/18/08 02:13 PM)

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#1038896 - 11/19/08 08:27 AM Re: Meat processing [Re: JimFromTN]
UTGrad
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I took my deer to Lebanon locker last year and started to wonder the same thing. Was I actually eating the deer I killed. There is no way I could process my own at the house, I don't have the space, resources, nor the wife that would stomach it. You can't hang a deer in the backyard here in Franklin, TN in our subdivision. The Home Owner's Association would go nuts. I am going to take mine to Flowers this year.
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#1041491 - 11/20/08 07:56 AM Re: Meat processing [Re: jeff]
DOC1187
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i do my own too
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#1056364 - 11/28/08 10:21 PM Re: Meat processing [Re: johnson]
Chaser0407
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 Originally Posted By: johnson
I have heard from several fellow hunters that the deer you get back from the processor is not the deer you put in. Any Comments?
That is exactly why I do all my own. I just do not trust any processor anywhere. Besides it's not difficult.
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#1070938 - 12/07/08 12:29 PM Re: Meat processing [Re: Chaser0407]
BigGame
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We took two deer to a processor a few years ago. One weighed forty more lbs than the other and we both got back forty two lbs of meat. I dont know if we got the same deer back but I know we didnt get all of it back.
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#1092895 - 12/19/08 02:49 PM Re: Meat processing [Re: johnson]
cbcs1987
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I think its best to do it yourself....and free. Just cut it up at deer camp after you kill it, and put it in a cooler with plenty of ice. Then when you get home pack it up n freeze it. I dont ever hang mine in a freezer or do any of that stuff n mine seem to always taste fine.

Edited by cbcs1987 (12/19/08 02:50 PM)

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#1092951 - 12/19/08 03:41 PM Re: Meat processing [Re: UTGrad]
fishboy1
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 Originally Posted By: UTGrad
I took my deer to Lebanon locker last year and started to wonder the same thing. Was I actually eating the deer I killed. There is no way I could process my own at the house, I don't have the space, resources, nor the wife that would stomach it. You can't hang a deer in the backyard here in Franklin, TN in our subdivision. The Home Owner's Association would go nuts. I am going to take mine to Flowers this year.


same problem living in town. I got tired of dragging deer up mountains only to have to wait until cover of darkness to skin and process my deer. Now I have a backpack, gambrel, hoist extra rope and knives in my truck. When I kill a deer I tote my stand back to the truck and get the backpack. I can skin/debone my deer on site in about 30 minutes. Put the meat in unscented garbage bags and stuff in the back pack. All I am carrying out is the good stuff and a small bag with proof of sex and kill tag. The meat goes in a cooler back at the truck and it gets iced down at the check station/store.

Im a big fan of the 3 day ice bath. Layer plenty of ice in a good sized cooler with your deer and drain the next morning and add more ice. Tender and helps get rid of any possible gamey taste.
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#1094092 - 12/20/08 06:29 PM Re: Meat processing [Re: fishboy1]
stik
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i did my 1st one myself and will gladly pay somebody else to do it. with the guy i am using, i know i am getting my deer.
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#1098527 - 12/23/08 04:24 PM Re: Meat processing [Re: stik]
JA1234
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 Originally Posted By: stik
i did my 1st one myself and will gladly pay somebody else to do it. with the guy i am using, i know i am getting my deer.


I just finished my first one and I will never give one to another processor..as long as my links turn out good...burger and sausage was easy and steaks were very easy...

Big alu pans for quarters and a good knife and cutting board for trimming made mine a snap to do..food saver is old and about had it so I will replace it tomorrow and be good to go.

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#1119564 - 01/08/09 11:25 AM Re: Meat processing [Re: JA1234]
RussellvilleRob
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I do my own. After a couple it does get to wearing on you though.
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