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On 12/14/2018 at 11:21 AM, Marc Ret said:

 

Until that hide comes off, you don't know what kind of mess was made of the meat. After seeing nearly a hundred roadkilled deer come through my friend's butcher shop, I'm loathe to take one anymore. Some that looked as though they'd be fine for processing with the hide on were just a mess once skinned. The best was the six point hit by the local VFD's hose truck on the way to a call...

 

 

I agree. A doe got hit at the end of my driveway this fall. She was still alive when I found her, so you can’t get any more fresh. I was able to save one shoulder, the back straps, and inner loins. The rest was jello with black blood and bone fragments everywhere. I saved what I could but was still kind of suspect of the meat I did save. On the bright side, her fawn survived the fall and hunting season. I fed her behind the house for the last two months. Saw her just the other day. I hope she survives the winter but as of right now she is in good shape and the weather has been mild. 

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‘Rooster, I do mine the same as you. Pull the inner loins same day I hang the deer. They usually end up in the skillet that night though. 

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On 12/6/2018 at 1:07 PM, Brad Eden said:

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Muzzleloader barked. Hardest season in memory. I'd be fibbing If I didn't say I busted my ass this season with bow and rifle. Sure, I passed on some Skippers with bow and a few Does early on during the rifle season. Which is stupid in Maine, given I had a "Doe Permit" burning a hole in my pocket. Nothing really came together buck wise. Had some close encounters for sure but no brown with antlers in peep sight or crosshairs. 

 

On my daily errand run to to my PO Box, I had been seeing deer way the hell back in a farm field. Not every day but occasionally. These were 'stop the truck and glass with binocs' "way the hell back in a field" deer. I know this area and how to get to them because I turkey hunt this farm. But I never had my gear with me or was too lazy because it was an exercise to get there, and typically the deer would spook before I got close enough for a shot. But this morning I packed my gear in my truck and decided if there were deer back there I was gonna give it a go. Sure enough I spotted two brown specs in the spotty white snow way the hell back in the field. Game on. I kept driving and turned into a side road and parked. This put me almost a quarter mile from those deer. I geared up, grabbed the smoke pole and headed in. To get close I would have to cross several small fields separated by scrubby deep gullies before I could see those deer. It was cold and crunchy as hell. I sounded like a herd of elephants. About halfway there I started doing grunts with a grunt tube every so often as I crunched my way along. This has worked in the past and my hope was they would stay put out of curiosity. When I got 3/4 of the way I mixed in bleat can calls. I finally came to the last brushy gully before I could possibly see if the deer were still in that section of field. I crept up, and sure enough there they were. They were looking in my direction and right next to the woodline. And way the hell far away still. I glassed them. Two mature Does. Fine with me, not discriminating any more and I had a Permit. They were alert but not spooked. I tried bleating to see if they would come closer. Nope. 

 

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I had had the presence of mind to carry along a shooting stick. One of those telescoping units with a yoke on top to put the guns forearm in for a stead(ier) shot. I figured what the hell. I had to reposition to clear some brush and branches and set the stick and propped my muzzleloader on top. The view with the cheap 4x Simmons scope wasn't great and the cross hairs were shaky. The Red God of hunting looked down upon me with pity and had placed an overhanging branch just off my right shoulder. I was able to prop my right elbow on that branch and now had a much steadier rest. I picked out the biggest broadside Doe, took a deep breath and touched it off. Through the smoke I saw her stumble and lurch into the woods and then I saw her flop to the ground and out of sight. Dead deer no longer walking.

 

When I got to her I saw that the .50 caliber Sabot had gone through both shoulders, and she hadn't gone 15 yards from where she had stood. Big girl that dressed at 115 lbs. I cleaned her out and walked back to my truck and retrieved my jet sled. It was an easy "drag", sliding across mostly snow. I had called a friend who met me at the truck and helped me heave the sled and deer into the bed. On the way to get the sled I walked off the distance. 150 yards on the dot, given my 12 strides equals 10 yards. That's a longer poke than I ever make with my 7mm-08 rifle. 150 grains of Pyrodex, a 240 grain Sabot and 209 Primer in what amounts to an ancient TC Black Diamond inline can reach out. This is the first deer I've ever shot with that muzzleloader. I've rarely been in the position to have to use it.

 

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Lil Brutus comes in real handy during times like this.

 

So, just a Doe...but I can honestly say I've rarely worked this hard to secure a hanging deer in my many years of Whitetail chasing. I'm very happy. And...I can still bowhunt the Expanded zone til Saturday...life is good in Maine.

 

a big doe big as a average buck down here in south ( bergmans rule)  winters meat merry christmas

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7 hours ago, bill said:

a big doe big as a average buck down here in south ( bergmans rule)  winters meat merry christmas

I think everything grows bigger up there ask Brad to post up a picture of his dog Jake !  A  good size springer . Looks like a sweetheart in past photo's .   

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On 12/17/2018 at 6:25 AM, max2 said:

I think everything grows bigger up there ask Brad to post up a picture of his dog Jake !  A  good size springer . Looks like a sweetheart in past photo's .   

 

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Jake was tiny....

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On December 16, 2018 at 7:08 PM, OldSarge said:

 On the bright side, her fawn survived the fall and hunting season. I fed her behind the house for the last two months. Saw her just the other day. I hope she survives the winter but as of right now she is in good shape and the weather has been mild. 

 

I think this is representative of the heart of many hunters Troy. Yes, we kill (I hate the term "harvest") as part of the process of hunting but we take no pleasure from the needless death and suffering of the wild creatures we cherish. 

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Been feeding off the meat I processed from my buddies buck...Finally tried one of the inner loins of the Doe last night. Yes, and yes...cut into inch thick medallions, seasoned, and then quickly seared on each side and left rare. Cut it with a fork...Some garlic mashed potatoes from garden and some wax beans from garden that I had blanched and frozen ....and our status as wildgameetarians is secure. I think we will enjoy that last minute Hail Mary doe.

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On 12/13/2018 at 7:59 AM, Brad Eden said:

We may need a sub-forum to store big game/deer processing resources...

 

Never tried the shanks. I did go off the reservation and kept a couple long sections of Backstrap this year, to likely bake, wrap or sear and bake etc., like a loin roast. I typically cut my Backstraps into inch thick steaks.

Yep I leave them whole also.

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