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Old 09-17-2014, 10:44 AM
 
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Sitting in my blind about 15 min before sundown, I had seen some does about 100 yards away grazing in the field. They wouldn't come near me, though. A few more minutes passed and they were on the edge of the field, about to cross a road and go into the cornfield. I figured what the heck? I'd give the fawn in distress call a shot. As soon as I blew it...that big nanny doe perked her head up and started running full speed directly toward me! She stopped about 30 yards in front of me, and presented me a perfect broadside shot. I am most definitely a believer in calling does now.

She's now in my freezer.
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Congrats! What type of rifle, caliber?

Enjoy that venison!
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:21 PM
 
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Congrats! What type of rifle, caliber?

Enjoy that venison!
Crossbow, actually. Barnett Recruit. Unfortunately I lost the arrow. I'm planning on taking the metal detector back to try to find it.
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Crossbow, actually. Barnett Recruit. Unfortunately I lost the arrow. I'm planning on taking the metal detector back to try to find it.
Then double good on you - that's a great way to hunt.
One of my nephews has been bow hunting Texas Whitetails for 25 years.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:01 PM
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Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Good deal! Always good to have one under the belt early!
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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You cut it up the same day????
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:13 AM
 
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You cut it up the same day????
Actually...it got down to the 40's overnight, so I skinned it and hung it overnight. It got up to the mid 70's the next day, so I didn't feel that I could let it hang longer. I cut it up the next morning and ground it later in the evening. It's still pretty warm here and I had no way of cooling it.

We ate the backstraps for dinner the same day we butchered it. The heart and liver will be tonight, probably.
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:48 PM
 
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Nice!!


I'm thawing the last of last years Oct. '13 venison sausage out as we speak. My buddy cleaned out his basement freezer and needs it empty soon.
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Old 09-19-2014, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Actually...it got down to the 40's overnight, so I skinned it and hung it overnight. It got up to the mid 70's the next day, so I didn't feel that I could let it hang longer. I cut it up the next morning and ground it later in the evening. It's still pretty warm here and I had no way of cooling it.

We ate the backstraps for dinner the same day we butchered it. The heart and liver will be tonight, probably.
Outstanding.

Its funny, people demand that their beef is hung for 18+ days and if it is not, it tastes like crap. So when I hear about game cut up and not hung, its a waste if you can't get some time in the tree. I have a 14x14 ft walk in cooler that I hang my meat in. Well worth building one.

my freezer is still full of elk right now. Not sure if I will go hunting this year. Might pick up a couple white tail. The area I live in is "unlimited" for tags. If I want 5, I just need to pick up 5 tags. Want 10? get 10 tags.
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Old 09-20-2014, 10:03 AM
 
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Outstanding.

Its funny, people demand that their beef is hung for 18+ days and if it is not, it tastes like crap. So when I hear about game cut up and not hung, its a waste if you can't get some time in the tree. I have a 14x14 ft walk in cooler that I hang my meat in. Well worth building one.

my freezer is still full of elk right now. Not sure if I will go hunting this year. Might pick up a couple white tail. The area I live in is "unlimited" for tags. If I want 5, I just need to pick up 5 tags. Want 10? get 10 tags.
Hunting is the same around here, as well. I just have to adhere to the rules of the season. Right now is archery season....and there is 8 days of firearm season in November, and then a month of muzzeloader in December. I have 2 antlerless tags that allow me to fill them in any of the seasons with my choice of weapon. Each one gives me a bonus antlerless as well--so that's 4 does. I may then purchase 1 more if I think I can fill it.

If I had taken a big buck I likely would have tried to let it hang for awhile--it really does affect the tenderness of the meat. In this case, it was only a doe...and I ground it anyway. I didn't notice any issues with the meat.

I was completely out of hamburger, and didn't have $120 to go buy 40 pounds of burger. It really is a very cost efficient way of putting meat in the freezer if you can do the processing yourself. But now that I've got some meat in the freezer, I likely won't shoot another until the temp drops a bit and I can safely hang it for a few days. If nothing else, it allows me to process it at my convenience instead of rushing to get it done immediately.
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