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Location: Norcal
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I'm new here. I'm hoping to learn about hunting. It has been something I have thought about off and on for most of my life, but one of those things I just never got around to doing....at least not yet.

I've been a city guy all my life but I do and always have loved the outdoors and the wilds. A couple of years back, I bought a cabin in the mountains. Not long ago I had the opportunity of eating Elk and venison. I found the venison to be quite tasty and the Elk was downright delicious.

I own a few firearms that I have learned to be safe and proficient with at the range over the years and I recently connected the dots......Cabin in mountains......guns........tasty deer in mountains.

I almost bought a license this year, but I decided against it because I don't know anyone that hunts. I figured it would be best to get to know somebody who hunts and learn the ropes before actually going out to hunt.

This forum looks like a good place for learning and maybe even meeting someone who wouldn't mind helping me out.

Anyway, that's it in a nutshell.

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Location: Mobile County, Alabama
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Welcome. Big smile

It's never too late to get started. Tell us where you are located and I'm sure somebody here can steer you in the right direction.

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Good to have you here Thumbs up
Ask all the questions you can think of, we're all more than happy to help out a new guy Big smile

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Location: Norcal
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My cabin is in Northern California, eastern Plumas county to be exact. Lot's of deer in the area. I guess they are what is called whitetail because when they are facing away from me, I see a white butt with a black dot(tail) in the center.
Reminds me of that old cartoon of the deer with a bullseye birthmark and the other deer says to him "bummer of a birthmark Hal." Big smile

One question I have is regarding field dressing. I have seen detailed explanations of how to do it online. Seems similiar to cleaning a fish which I have done many times. Is it as easy as it appears?

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Location: Wa.
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There isn't any part of it that is difficult.
Keep the meat sanitary
Don't cut or bust the bladder

Basically
Cut around the genitals at exterior to separate them from hide. Leave them intact. Pull them out. Tie them off
Open cavity from ribs all the way down or vice versa.
Cut the organs away from the cavity
Cut the wind pipe up into the neck as far as you can reach
Pull the tied off genitals into the cavity.
Roll the organs out in one piece
Wash out cavity
Save the liver and heart

You can also remove lower legs above joint.
Skin and remove head
or let the processor do it for you.

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Location: Antelope, Ore
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Welcome to the site.

E. Plumas county. Somewhere around Susanville? Those are mule deer. There shouldn't be any Blacktails in Plumas county.

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Location: Norcal
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I'm near the Lake Basin area......Gold lake etc.........As far as the deer, they have white butts with blacktipped tails so when you look at them from their 6, you see a white circle with a black dot in the middle....Maybe it would help if I posted a pic. The pic is a broadside shot.

As I look at the pic, mom's head looks like it is shaped like a mule. I will guess you folks who know what you are looking at will say she is a mule deer. Big smile

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You can also tell by those big ol' ears Yes

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Location: Norcal
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Thanks for the ID. I have learned about those ears. One night late, actually around 2am, I went out on my back deck. It was winter. Cold and icy with moonlight. I caught movement out of the corner of my eye coming out from under the trees and saw a deer trudging slowly through the snow.

I remained totally still just watching it pass by. As it passed I turned my head. It had been a couple of days since I shaved and I had a little stubble. As my stubble rubbed against the collar of my jacket, the deer (approx. 30ft away) stopped in it's tracks and kinda crouched. I could tell it actually heard it! It didn't know what it heard or the direction but it heard something. I was awed.

After that experience, i have concluded that it is probably darn near impossible to sneak up on one of them. Big smile