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Re: Deer mount
SetterGuy #521695 05/27/20 05:35 AM
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My little 133 acre place has some truly monster bucks on it. I know that due to game cam pics at feeders. Of course, they are prior to the season start and nocturnal.


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Re: Deer mount
SetterGuy #521721 05/27/20 11:15 AM
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Our place is mostly timber, but 10 ac of soybeans every year. The surrounding land is 90% nice flat corn fields. The buck above on the left had a huge amount of corn in his belly. I didn’t notice it until I went back through to see if gut pile was getting cleaned up. It looked like someone had dumped out a large pail of corn. That was cleaned up in no time too. We eat deer burgers almost every week. Cooked on the grill like we used to cook regular hamburger. I’m liking it just fine, especially with crazy beef prices right now. Tenderloins, jerky, meat sticks, summer sausage, and brats are almost gone already, but we still have a lot of burger left. Deer tacos, deer chili, deer meatloaf, deer shepherds pie, ha! This is the meat from the older buck, but cut with pork fat. Still very lean.
I may donate meat from these older bucks in the future, and take a button buck for meat.

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5 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep.
RES, YP, GS, FHM (no longer), HBG (way too many), SMB, and HSB (rumored..)
I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.
Re: Deer mount
SetterGuy #521725 05/27/20 12:05 PM
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how do you source a ready supply of pork fat for mixing?

Re: Deer mount
SetterGuy #521730 05/27/20 01:01 PM
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CC, I don’t. Two of my neighbors worked at the local processor when they were in HS, now their kids work there. They assured me that I would only get my deer back (except for jerky and summer sausage) and not have it mixed in with someone else’s gut shot deer that sat in the sun for two days. They are reasonably priced and quick. They have a choice of pork or aged beef fat for the burger. We’ve tried both, and have stayed with the pork.
The only thing I wished he did differently was he won’t let it hang long. No room.


5 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep.
RES, YP, GS, FHM (no longer), HBG (way too many), SMB, and HSB (rumored..)
I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.
Re: Deer mount
SetterGuy #521742 05/27/20 04:48 PM
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My late father-in-law once cleaned all of the connective tissue out of the thawed meat from several deer. It took him a complete day. The result was the best meat that we ever had. It could be ground and made into fantastic hamburgers with no additives. I simply do not have the patience for this. I believe that the refrigerator thawing was the perfect aging process, but his meticulous removal of connective tissue was the reason it was so good.

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SetterGuy #521745 05/27/20 05:02 PM
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Our very experienced veterinarian cautioned me back in 2016 or so about eating local deer, with the prevalence of CWD starting locally. I haven't eaten any since maybe 2012 or so. Dad didn't hunt after early in the 2010 season, passed in May 2011 at he age of 84.

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Re: Deer mount
RAH #521757 05/27/20 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by RAH
his meticulous removal of connective tissue was the reason it was so good.

That is a fact.

I've done it that way since I started deer hunting. It's a lot of work, but it's worth the effort.

When you get rid of all that stuff, whitetail deer is about as good as red meat gets.

Re: Deer mount
John Fitzgerald #521764 05/28/20 06:33 AM
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So far the deer diseases have not been found in my area. We do have a lot of deer which is why I don't worry about the coyotes (and bobcats) thinning out the herd.

Re: Deer mount
SetterGuy #521768 05/28/20 07:01 AM
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Our county in Missouri hasn’t found any CWD yet. Our processor says he’s not cutting through bones anyway. I guess if it hits our county we will have to get it tested before we decide to eat it? We are certainly not over populated at the farm.
Our home in St Louis sits next to a 2,000 ac State Park. We are definitely over populated there. I’ve had seven plus deer in my front yard many times. My sons used to shoot them with paintball guns to get them out of the plants. When we built in 1984 if we saw a deer it was big news. Getting to be way too many here now.
The farm, not even half the deer numbers.


5 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep.
RES, YP, GS, FHM (no longer), HBG (way too many), SMB, and HSB (rumored..)
I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.
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