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Processing your deer in a Subdivision Garage

In Northern Maine where tagging a deer is a  family sharing event to include skinning and processing in your father in law's wood shed out back.  Dad had chain falls that we used with a spreader to hoist those big ole 200+ pound field dressed bad boys.  Hung a few moose in that shed as well.  Never paid for anyone to process our game we did on our own splitting the meat up between family and friend households double wrapped in wax paper.  It was work but easier with the right set up.

Well now I'm on my own.  Dad is not here to firmly direct me to do it his way. :D   Now most here in Georgia seem to take everything to a processor.  I on the other hand had never even considered such a thing.  Sure it must be convenient but the extra cost is hard on single income family wallet.  Well last year I was not prepared but figured it out along the way.

If you need to get the deer up off the ground so you can work, try using items in  your garage.  I pulled down the garage attic ladder and ran a piece of doubled up 2X4 on edge across the opening.  I then used a ratchet strap around the 2X4, backed the truck into garage, put it around the deer's neck, I lifted the deer, the wife pulled down on the strap, and I just racketed a few times to hold it in place.  Viola!  Deer hanging in garage sweet.  I gotta tell you I was pretty excited about it.

Now one of my buddies has a hoist that attaches to the reese hitch of his truck.  That's a nice piece of equipment to invest in.  I hope to get one some day.  Sure would help with avoiding getting any blood on the misses.  She almost let go the strap when I bear hugged the deer and lifted letting out a gurgling sound from bullet hole.  We had a good laugh. 

 

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Oh and btw I did use a

Oh and btw I did use a processor twice last year as well.  Yeah yeah it was convienient but I think I can make better jalepenos and cheese sausage if I had my own grinder.Thumbs up Send bass pro gift cards family and friends.

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You're making it way too

You're making it way too complected.  Go on down to your local hardware store and see if they have a small block and tackle that you can use.  Most of the small ones will even pick up a elk if you go elk hunting.  Cabela's has a couple in their catalog and here is a picture of one just so that you get the idea. 

I have two or three of them and I have even used them to pull a deer up a hill.  

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Thanks

Its one of those things I just need to get for sure.  $30 in cabelas is not bad at all.  Thanks.  I'm at the local hardware just about every weekend.  No idea why I never asked about one or looked for one.  I'm sure they have it.

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I do all my own butchering

I do all my own butchering too, when i actually kill an animal lol

I live in the big city, so to speak, but am fortunate to have a 3 car garage.  I have yet to kill a deer since I moved into this house, but each season I look over the garage to figure out how I would do it.  I have a couple of big U screws/clips that appear to be screwed into the 2x4's, so i am confident that they will hold a 100 lb deer.

Can't wait to actually find out though........ Wink

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My wife and I had a pretty

My wife and I had a pretty cool set up in the garage.  Of course sanitation is so important.  I cleaned up the countertops I have in there and taped down wax paper.  Used the big cutting boards I have.  Then used the small card table to place cut pieces in a tray and my wife did all the double wrapping.  We were done in no time.  I got the doe around 9:30 am and by noon it was all in the freezer.  That's a good day.  As for getting a deer annually, it’s been much easier down here in the south east.  Northern Maine some folks go years without getting a deer.  That's why it was such a big deal to get your deer and everyone shows up.  So this family is tickled when we get one.  While my neighbor shot 10 last year.  Who eats 10 deer anyway?  Had so much that one doe he had the Mennonite processor make jerky out of the entire animal.  I make my own.  Ship it out to friends during the holidays.  Already have emails asking did you get one yet because they want that vacuum sealed jerky goodness.

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Curious, what part of Maine,

Curious, what part of Maine, when you say "northern"?  I was born in very north-eastern Maine, and all of my Mom's side of the family still lives there.  You are right, it takes years to get a deer up there for some people.  I actually have a couple photos in my Gallery from that area of Maine.

We used to do mostly the same thing at my parents in Vermont.  It would sort of be an assembly line.  I would debone it, Dad would take the big muscle groups and steak them out, and Mom would wrap them.  All the while, we'd have a pan on the stove with butter and onions frying up a batch of tenderloins or backstraps. Man, that was a great smell... Wink

 

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Fort Fairfield Maine.  My

Fort Fairfield Maine.  My wife is born and raised from there.  Its a small world.  We moved down to Georgia becuase of my career and we have run into folks from up that way. 

Oh man now your talking.  Love that cast iron frying pan butter and tenderloins.  Done that many times.

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Cool, even more north.  I was

Cool, even more north.  I was born in Houlton, and all my relatives are still there.  I have friends who are in the same profession as myself, that are up there in Ft. Fairfield... Wink

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We do it to....Have 3 or 4

We do it to....Have 3 or 4 of'em done a year an that get's costly...Mite need that money to go toward a wall hanger if we get one...We just take the swing down an hang'em there....Where bout's is Bonaire?...I hunt'd last year in Wrightsville,I'm origanally from Carrolton....

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Oh I'm just west of you next

Oh I'm just west of you next to Warner Robins. Our club is in Bleckley country right on the boarder of Twiggs. Headed toward Cochran. Hunting camps in Maine we hung them in trees. Good times camping and hunting. I miss that week long camping with family and friends. Hanging out by evening fire talking about that day’s hunt and plans for the next day. Now I just commute back and forth 30minutes from the house to the stand. Convenient for sure. Just not the same. Nice buck hanging there.

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