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Hammer1 wrote:
My husband is so distraught after hearing about your most unfortunate loss .How much beer was actually involved? Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry

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All of it! Cry baby Cry baby Cry baby But she left Otis!!!!!!!!!!!! :\:D/ :\:D/ :\:D/

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I've never really tried to age the meat. I read somewhere that you really don't want to let your meat age at temps above 35 degrees. I don't have the extra refridgerator space and an autumn day in Montana can range between 20 and 70 degrees easily, so aging a deer in the garage doesn't seem like a great idea.. The people that do age their meat seem to think that's really the way to go.

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Anything 40 or below is fine for aging...As for useing a fridge Sage, Try this on for taste....Go ahead and cut,wrap,and freeze your deer...then....Take out a portion that you want for dinner and thaw it (5 days ahead) Plate it on some paper towels in the fridge....Let it sit there for around 5 days...When the paper towel is soaked well its about ready...Ageing meat is actually the molecules breaking down tenderising the meat. That "gamey" taste is actually the blood full of adrenaline...When you crack a deer (unless its a good head or neck shot) it runs or tries to run off giving it a surge of adrenaline. Hanging a deer with skin off helps some but not much. Without constriction of the muscles the vessles full of congieled blood will not flow. This is what they use those big electrical plates in the meat packing plants for. They run the sides of beef through them making them jump...this aides in getting rid of alot of the blood in the meat and also helps to tenderise.

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Next year I have to do it. This link says it should not be done at home, but if it's good enough for Don Fischer it is good enough for me

http://ag.ansc.purdue.edu/meat_quality/aging_meat.html

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thankya hammer...It just so happens I have a vaccuume sealer Thumbs up Gonna have to try that maself Yes

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What up? 5 yrs ago I started to use a skinning Table ,they work great,no swinging deer ,you're working at waist level and most guys can at least pick a deer up waist high .I've butcherd alot of deer and often help out at a prossesing shop ,a skinning table makes skinning fast and easy.

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hunter777 wrote:
I have always hung them from the neck. My thinking is that I don't want the urine or the other stuff running into the meat. I want it to drip off. I think all these methods are probobly fine though as long as you don't let the meat stay or get warm.

If you field dress them right you have no anal tract and no piss sack so you can't get any urine on your meat.

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Big smile Me likes my lazy way better Buck...Give it a try...Yer back will say THANKYOU WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG BUTTHEAD Laugh Laugh

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I've been skinning deer since 1978, Yeah! i"m gettin' old but not too old ! I've always hung um from the hocks. Always wondered why I saw pics of deer hanging from the neck, thought it might be a "northern thing", no offense O.K.Each to his own. I hang um with the tail pipe right at eye level then remove bladder and save the urine if it's smelly that's a plus Then I "core the apple" . Next I split the chest and discard clots , damaged areas etc.Remove head front legs.Rinse with plastic scrubby ( grabs unwanted hair) , flush inside, done. There was an old saying around here.......Who ever eats the most deer meat , eats the most hair! The scrubby takes care of that , so that sayin' ain't so for me. There is one thing we all can agree on ...it sure eats good! ... no -no-no , I'm talking about about the meat. Good luck to All!

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unclebuck wrote:
hunter777 wrote:
I have always hung them from the neck. My thinking is that I don't want the urine or the other stuff running into the meat. I want it to drip off. I think all these methods are probobly fine though as long as you don't let the meat stay or get warm.

If you field dress them right you have no anal tract and no piss sack so you can't get any urine on your meat.

I don't cut out the butthole. I get it to the butcher or cut it myself at least by the next day.

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