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Yellow Fluid in Hind Quarters.

My brothers and I were processing a couple whitetails this weekend. The deer in question is a 2-3 year old doe. When making a cut to take a roast off just above the knee on the hind leg, a trickle of bright yellow fluid oozed out. I at first thought this may be some fluid built up in the joint. Continuing on, the yellow fluid seemed to be in several places in between the roast sections. So we tossed the meat into the scrap pile and started in on the other hind leg. Same result in the other leg. The front legs and loin seemed to be ok. The fluid was fairly bright yellow in color and about the consistency of blood or just a bit thinner. We thought it may be some sort of infection.

Has anyone seen this before or happen to know what it is? And if so, is rest of the meat safe to use?

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Re: Yellow Fluid in Hind Quarters.

I have also seen that. I dont know if it is safe to eat but, I cook it up (well done) and give it to the dogs. They like it. I have seen it a few times.

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Re: Yellow Fluid in Hind Quarters.

Did it smell foul? Either way, i would discard it. I would get in touch with a DNR guy and ask him about it. they may be interested in where the deer came from and that the condition exists. they may also be able to tell you what it is and if it is safe to eat.

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Re: Yellow Fluid in Hind Quarters.

that is odd, and my thoughts are some kinda infection possibly, you might save some of the fluid next time to get tested and figure out whats goin on.

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Re: Yellow Fluid in Hind Quarters.

Sorry - missed this. It may be the result of bruising from when she was mounted if she was recently bred before being shot.

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Re: Yellow Fluid in Hind Quarters.

I killed a bobcat this season and it had yellew fluid in the hindquarters. The taxidermist did an autopsy on it and found 2 buckshot pellets with scar tissue around them. He said it had probobly been shot at least two weeks prior to me taking it.

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You will get a little bit of

You will get a little bit of fluid (milky clear) around that area but I don't believe it should be yellow. I would think yellow would be leaning more towards infection but I'm interested to know for sure if anyone can find out. Keep us posted

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I havent seen that but would

I havent seen that but would be kinda weary of eating it even if well coked

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