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#418692 - 09/27/07 07:31 AM I'm having a tough time......
Radar
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......getting fired up about shooting does this year . I had a good year last season and took several deer ,and still have some meat left over .
I passed up two does already . Do you guys ever struggle with taking enough does , because you just get tired of processing them ?
I normally pop the first doe that gives me a shot opportunity .
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#418732 - 09/27/07 07:47 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Radar]
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Do you guys ever struggle with taking enough does , because you just get tired of processing them ?

YES!!!!!

We pass up way too many does because we already have too many deer to process hanging in the cooler. I wish there was a place to donate whole deer that didn't cost anything.
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#418738 - 09/27/07 07:49 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
Do you guys ever struggle with taking enough does , because you just get tired of processing them ?

YES!!!!!

We pass up way too many does because we already have too many deer to process hanging in the cooler. I wish there was a place to donate whole deer that didn't cost anything.



Same here .
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#418769 - 09/27/07 07:59 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Radar]
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Yep its been so hot I just havent had the desire to shoot one.
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#418780 - 09/27/07 08:01 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: muddyboots]
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 Originally Posted By: muddyboots
Yep its been so hot I just havent had the desire to shoot one.


Well ,for that reason too . \:\)
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#418826 - 09/27/07 08:19 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Radar]
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You got to shop around BSK. I have one guy that will beg for 6 a season and another that wants 10, no joke. I only gave one 4 last year and you would have thought he was going to break my plate. They will take them whole if you call right when you put the tag on them.

My problem is I want to put up the first 4 I harvest and the heat dont help. I can put one maybe two if they are Ruger size in a cooler with ice but that is it. When you work shift work you have to cool them cause it may be days before I can butcher them.
We are seeing 50% less deer this year so far.
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#418861 - 09/27/07 08:36 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Worm]
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My deer observations are down too . I'm not sure if it's because of a mast failure in the area or dieoffs from EHD , but my trail camp pictures dropped off in Sept. as well .
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#418891 - 09/27/07 08:50 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Worm]
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 Originally Posted By: Worm
You got to shop around BSK. I have one guy that will beg for 6 a season and another that wants 10, no joke. I only gave one 4 last year and you would have thought he was going to break my plate. They will take them whole if you call right when you put the tag on them.


My neighbor would take all we would give him. He died a few years ago and can't find anybody that wants them now. I know we pass on too many because we don't want to process them.
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#418958 - 09/27/07 09:35 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: slabhead]
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I hate processing deer, but cant afford to pay the processors rates.

I end up being very selective on deer and limit myself due to this. The heat is a major factor early on wether or not I take a deer. Later in the season it is more laziness that I dont want to shoot one. Processing and grinding deer is time consuming and after a hunt, I usually want to lay on the couch for a few hours...

Dam, I sound like I should just give up hunting or get a better job to afford the processing costs.
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#418981 - 09/27/07 09:51 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: psycho]
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I've never shot more than 3 a year until last year because I'd only shoot what my family would eat. Well last year on our lease they wanted to shoot some does and my brother-in-law had workers that would take them so I ended up shooting 1 buck and 7 does. I did get tired of messing with 'em in a way though. If I have somebody that will come get it I have no problem popping one. I've only been in the woods once and the way it's looking I'll be lucky to get back in the woods before muzzleloader kicks in. It was way too hot that morning and my mind was made up before then I wasn't going to shoot a doe.
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#419035 - 09/27/07 10:18 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Gravey]
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 Originally Posted By: Gravey
I've never shot more than 3 a year until last year because I'd only shoot what my family would eat. Well last year on our lease they wanted to shoot some does and my brother-in-law had workers that would take them so I ended up shooting 1 buck and 7 does. I did get tired of messing with 'em in a way though. If I have somebody that will come get it I have no problem popping one. I've only been in the woods once and the way it's looking I'll be lucky to get back in the woods before muzzleloader kicks in. It was way too hot that morning and my mind was made up before then I wasn't going to shoot a doe.


dont forget the button buck ;\)
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#419078 - 09/27/07 10:38 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: psycho]
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On our property, we see 3-4 bucks for every doe, so given the chance we pop the does when a good shot presents itself.
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#419079 - 09/27/07 10:39 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: psycho]
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I do not like taking does until it cools off to hot to mess with anything that is not going on the wall. But Yoder brothers processing was taking deer for hunters for the hungry last year and not charging any processing fee. so I took them 6 does.
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#419195 - 09/27/07 12:11 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: JThuntsalot]
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Worm (or anyone else),

If someone knows of anyone who will take field-dressed does in Humphreys County, let me know. Hot weather isn't a problem as we have a professional-grade 10' x 12' walk-in cooler.
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#419282 - 09/27/07 12:52 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: BSK]
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My problem is the fact that I don't have a cooler at my place ,and I won't take one to a processor .
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#419316 - 09/27/07 01:08 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Radar]
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I don't know how many of you are in or near Montgomery Co., but there are three processing locations that will except deer for the FHFH program.

Check out their website. If close it is a win/win for both sides.


FDXX75

I use the program each yr with at least one extra permit that I get up here.
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#419317 - 09/27/07 01:09 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: BSK]
Worm
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
we have a professional-grade 10' x 12' walk-in cooler.


I really hate you.

When I worked Hump Co. I had a guy that lived on the road across from the COOP on hwy 13 that took all I could kill and all that the cars hit if fresh. Cant remember his name.

When I moved back here I ran a small ad in the local newspaper for two weeks. Got a dozen or so calls and that is where I came up the with names.

Call the Sheriff Dept. They usually have names and numbers of people wanting deer from road kills. That is your best bet.
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#419352 - 09/27/07 01:27 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Worm]
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I don't typically shoot does anymore. I used to shoot a bunch to give to folks that wanted it, but those people moved away so now, unless I start my own processing for jerky I just ain't gonna be shooting any antlerless deer. The bucks I shoot I will have processed for myself and others.
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#419362 - 09/27/07 01:30 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: TNTony]
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I'm going to look up some proccessors in my area to see if they will accept them for hunter's for the hungry . If I have to pay full amoun't forget it , I'll proccess my own and give away some meat to friends .
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#419367 - 09/27/07 01:33 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Radar]
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 Originally Posted By: Radar
I'll proccess my own and give away some meat to friends .
I'll get my friend to process my deer and give some of the meat back to me. \:D

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#419502 - 09/27/07 03:10 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: TNTony]
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Call the Sheriff Dept. They usually have names and numbers of people wanting deer from road kills. That is your best bet.

That is a GREAT idea Worm.
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#419512 - 09/27/07 03:13 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Worm]
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 Originally Posted By: Worm
 Originally Posted By: BSK
we have a professional-grade 10' x 12' walk-in cooler.


I really hate you.


For 2 years I watched walkin-coolers being sold on ebay until a great deal came up. I called the company selling the unit and it turned out they would make me one, custom designed, for the same price. So I ended up with this company from Florida building me one and including a more powerful compressor motor than most come with (1 HP 3-phase instead of the usual 1/2 HP single-phase) AND shipped to my door for $3,500. Roofs, walls and floor all professional grade, easy to assemble.
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#420219 - 09/27/07 10:57 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: BSK]
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One thing I have done is build a list of people wanting deer meat. Once I have filled my freezer, I make a call and tell them the next one is their's and go directly to the processor. They go pickup the processed meat. From what I have found people are very happy to pay the processing fee to avoid having to deal with an entire animal.

If they don't want or can't eat an entire deer I partner them up. I have 3 families in my neighborhood that have 2 deer/yr made into summer and breakfast sausage that they split amongst themselves. I also know several people that give several deer to the Amish community, but I don't know any.
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#420343 - 09/28/07 06:28 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Stick'n'String]
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 Originally Posted By: Stick'n'String
One thing I have done is build a list of people wanting deer meat. Once I have filled my freezer, I make a call and tell them the next one is their's and go directly to the processor. They go pickup the processed meat. From what I have found people are very happy to pay the processing fee to avoid having to deal with an entire animal.

If they don't want or can't eat an entire deer I partner them up. I have 3 families in my neighborhood that have 2 deer/yr made into summer and breakfast sausage that they split amongst themselves. I also know several people that give several deer to the Amish community, but I don't know any.


If I end up moving to Lawrence county in my new home , there is an Amish community down the road a few miles . I might see if they would like some venison . Looks like good hunting land too . \:\)
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#420538 - 09/28/07 08:33 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: psycho]
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I missed the discussion last year ?? I know it is illegal to sell for a profitt. It has always been my understanding it was OK to let someone pay the processing and have the meat.
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#420583 - 09/28/07 08:53 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
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I was incorrect WTH.. recouping for cost of processing is illegal

Edited by psycho (09/28/07 08:56 AM)
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#420685 - 09/28/07 09:53 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: psycho]
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At the check-in station at Ft. Campbell they will take any donated deer (even one not killed on base) because they keep a list of soldiers who want the meat.
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#421008 - 09/28/07 01:02 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
Do you guys ever struggle with taking enough does , because you just get tired of processing them ?

YES!!!!!

We pass up way too many does because we already have too many deer to process hanging in the cooler. I wish there was a place to donate whole deer that didn't cost anything.


Thats why God gave us Mexicans. My workers beg me to bring them a deer.
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#421036 - 09/28/07 01:19 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: treehanger27]
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 Originally Posted By: treehanger27
 Originally Posted By: BSK
Do you guys ever struggle with taking enough does , because you just get tired of processing them ?

YES!!!!!

We pass up way too many does because we already have too many deer to process hanging in the cooler. I wish there was a place to donate whole deer that didn't cost anything.


Thats why God gave us Mexicans. My workers beg me to bring them a deer.


feeding them only keeps them here... \:D
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#422080 - 09/29/07 12:35 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: psycho]
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I had two does and a button buck under my stand for a half hour this morning . I have decided to hold off on shooting does until late season on this private tract .
I watched them browse on green briar and watched the direction they traveled to their bedding area , taking note of the information gained through observation .
They never had a clue that I was around .
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#422155 - 09/29/07 02:51 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Radar]
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Day 3 without seeing ANYTHING Acorns falling all around,Salt lick thats a foot and a half deep wind in my favor ::sigh:: Radar--what time did you see those deer
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#422169 - 09/29/07 03:34 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: CopperHead77]
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 Originally Posted By: rackaholic72
Day 3 without seeing ANYTHING Acorns falling all around,Salt lick thats a foot and a half deep wind in my favor ::sigh:: Radar--what time did you see those deer


I saw them between 9:30 - 10:00 am .
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#422863 - 09/30/07 07:50 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Radar]
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Day 3 without seeing ANYTHING Acorns falling all around,...

And there's the problem. If they are falling all around you, they are also falling somewhere else as well. Acorns really spread the deer out and allow them to feed without moving much.
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#423017 - 09/30/07 10:20 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Gravey]
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I process my own for more than one reason. I dont want to pay the exorbitant expense of proc. and i want mine processed in the exact manner that eliminates fat, membrane and anything else not tasty......I shot 10 last year and made jerky until i was tired of dealing with the labor of it. I could eat it and give it away all year long but it gets tiring and expensive to even do that. I have folks bug me all the time about giving them jerky of cooking some for them. i enjoy that and do it because it brings them pleasure but it sure wears on you also. If you have never taken a backstrap and marinated it in soy sauce for at least 6 hours and then peppered it and garliced it then wrapped a single strand of bacon around it from end to end and place on a grill and cooked from 25 to 35 minutes.......you have not lived..............dang i am gonna go crank one up and thaw one out!!!!!!!!!!
freakin awesome!!
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#426262 - 10/02/07 07:53 AM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Boone 58]
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Absolutely Radar, over the last several years we have killed so many trying to get them in check, it sometimes seems like work! I too have laid off them considerably, just doesnt excite me like an old buck does! I'll still shoot some but Im trying to let my son do the damage now.
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#427165 - 10/02/07 04:54 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Winchester]
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 Originally Posted By: Winchester
Absolutely Radar, over the last several years we have killed so many trying to get them in check, it sometimes seems like work! I too have laid off them considerably, just doesnt excite me like an old buck does! I'll still shoot some but Im trying to let my son do the damage now.


I have passed up 6 does so far this season . I'm still enjoying the hunt for a nice buck .
I have plenty of time to fill the freezer later on .
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#427772 - 10/02/07 10:36 PM Re: I'm having a tough time...... [Re: Radar]
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I'm not killing a doe this year unless its archery.
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