I'm from Fort Wayne, Indiana and i'm curious about something. I've been deer hunting about 30 miles north of me for the past 3 years. Last year, I was definitely more serious about it...didn't get to harvest anything, but it was very exciting, nonetheless.
I'd like to make sure that I give it my "all" again this year and I think that means that I start during the opening days. I didn't hunt last year for the first 3-4 weeks because it was so warm here and I was afraid that the deer would spoil before I could get it to the processor.
Can you tell me what would be the longest amount of time that would be ok, in regard to the meat, before I got it to the processor? I just wanna make sure that I give the meat every chance of getting to the processor before any spoilage happens.
You ask a very good question that many hunters face in the early season. For the longest time i didn't hunt the opening weeks either because i didn't have confidence in harvesting a mature buck during that time. However a few bucks are still in their summer pattern & aren't quite as spooky, hence an opportunity!! As far as the meat goes, if the temps drop down in the low 40's or lower i wouldn't worry about it, just recover your deer as soon as it gets light out. However; if it's really warm, you might have a long night ahead of you.trying to locate your deer.
I learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...