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Location: Idaho
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I have added a new gadget to my stuff. A strobe light (or strobe feature to my headlamp/flashlight). I went on a depredation hunt a few weeks ago. Got a doe just at dusk. De-meated the deer, and by the time I was done it was pretty dark. Turned on the strobe, went to my rig for a pack (and to drive a bit closer). I could have located the deer without it - but the strobe made it kind of fun.

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how and when do you clean the meat....water/before freezer?

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Ideally the meat doesn't get that dirty - and as such doesn't require much cleaning. Meat that is somehow dirty (or bloodshot, etc.) - I leave for the carnivores (and it isn't very much). But, obviously, some needs cleaning. Generally I wash the whole pieces that I extract from the field in a big sink. Then once I start cutting it up - little washing is required. A dry cloth is useful to `pick up' deer hairs (hopefully few). I find that the meat cooks better the less water I use to wash - and thus freeze with it. And obviously, keep your hands, knives, and work spaces clean.

Depending on time and temperature - if in a squeeze - I'll put the meat straight into the freezer (in the game bags) until I have time to cut it up. Otherwise - I keep it relatively cool and dry on my back porch, and bring in bags/portions at a time to cut and wrap.

Hope this helps.

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Location: Denver, CO
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Serious Hunter wrote:
And the backstraps are the easiest part(s) to extract (and can be done very first) - so much so that one is tempted to cut off a few pieces and start cooking. Hmmmmm ... next time I think I'll do that - and I'm sure I wouldn't be the first. I think I'll say to my partner - instead of just standing there - start the fire and pull out a frying pan Yes .

You cook - I'll cut! We'll be done about the same time.

That is exactly what my partner and I did last time. Nothing like eating cooked meat that is an hour fresh!

To the O.P.--great article. As an alternative to the 6 plastic trash bags, we just used one large plastic tarp. The tarp has dual purpose: when bivying overnight it can be used with some rope to fix up a shelter if it rains, and then it is used to de-bone the meat on and keep the meat clean.

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Thanks Adam!

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