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.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....