How To Do It
How long does it take to process a deer?
On average, five to seven days is the ideal length of time to let the meat age. An aging process of five to seven days will allow the meat time to cool, move past rigor mortis, and let collagen begin to break down. This will result in meat that is both tender and flavorful. via
How do you process deer meat? (video)
How do you process a deer by yourself? (video)
Can you process a deer right away?
you can let them hang if the temp. is just above freezing 35-40 if you have a cool dry place . young deer 2-3 days old bucks 4-5 days BUT THE TEMP HAS TO BE RIGHT! or YOU CAN TAKE IT TO SOMEONE WHO HAS A COOLER. some will skin it out and hang them for you or do the butchering job also. via
Is Doe meat better than Buck?
Unless the meat is tainted or spoiled, it all makes good hamburger or jerky. Beware of Old Does. I've heard some hunters claim that “does taste better than bucks.” That's not inherently true. A mature doe that's spent a summer nursing fawns is about the toughest, stringiest deer in the woods. via
How long can a deer sit before gutting?
The old bowhunters' rule is to wait eight to 12 hours before following a gut-shot deer. If you wait that long when it's 50 degrees or above, your intentions may be good, but there's a good chance you will lose that meat. via
How do you butcher a deer like a pro? (video)
How hard is it to process your own deer?
Along with the time commitment (around three to five hours per deer as a beginner), probably the biggest reason more people don't process their own deer lies in the thought that there is an expensive, up-front equipment cost. via
Do you have to skin a deer before taking it to a processor?
Sportsmanship includes the responsible care and use of meat obtained while hunting. Some hunters have a meat pole or skinning shed where they hang their deer to remove the entrails. That's great, but most hunters field-dress their deer on the ground prior to bringing them home or taking them to the meat processor. via
How much is a whole deer worth?
Depending on who you want to believe, one deer has a dollar value somewhere between $1,250 and $2,500. That's a big spread. via
Should you skin a deer right away?
SKIN IT TO WIN IT
When winter hits—especially in brutally cold areas—this natural insulation is what allows the animals to survive. But when you kill a deer, that same protective sheath needs to be removed quickly so the meat can cool. via
Should you wash deer meat before freezing?
Freezing should be avoided during the aging process because it inhibits aging and speeds spoilage after thawing. The meat should be kept clean and dry throughout field dressing, cold storage and aging processes. Soiling and excessive moisture increase the likelihood of spoilage. via
Why do you hang a deer after killing it?
Some hunters prefer to hang it head up, while others prefer to hang it head down. The key is to hang it, because this lets remaining blood drain out of the deer. Once the deer is hung, take a saw — preferably a hack saw — and cut through the deer's ribs. via
Should you gut a deer in the woods?
If you will be skinning your deer or delivering it to a processor within a couple hours, you may be ahead to leave the innards in. This will help prevent leaves and sticks from getting into the gut cavity while you transport your critter out of the woods. It will also provide less opportunity for flies to lay eggs. via
Can you hang a deer with the hide on?
To properly age a deer, the hide should be left on and the deer refrigerated at 34-36 degrees for up to 2 weeks. However, most hunters do not have the facilities to hang their deer in such a manner and processors must remove the hide before bringing deer into their facilities. via
Does doe and buck meat taste different?
But It is indeed "different". Having sadi that however, I'll take a two year old buck over a 6 year old doe, taste wise. I have not been able to tell any difference in "taste" between does and bucks. The main reason they castrate hogs and bulls is because they fight and breed. via
How old would a button buck be?
Come hunting season, the button buck will be four to eight months old. A yearling, on the other hand, is a deer experiencing its second year of life and will be 12 to 24 months old. via
Is it OK to shoot a spike?
To Shoot Or Not To Shoot A Spike
The answer is yes, and no. The truth of the matter is that there are times when the harvest of spikes is beneficial to a deer herd, and times when it is damaging. Each tract of land has its own management needs and determining factors of when and why to harvest spike bucks. via