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Offline BLUETOE

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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2017, 02:01:34 PM »
The temp rules for me. If it is cold enough I let it hang over night and skin and cut up the next day. If is warm above 40 I skin ASAP and quarter for the cooler- ice it down cut it up the next day.
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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2017, 07:47:19 PM »
Madgomer,
If you Google "ageing meat", it tells what exactly what happens during the process of ageing.  Too cold, it freezes and stops the process, too warm and it breaks down and spoils.  When we get the right weather and I'm able to hang a carcass longer than overnight, I've had people ask, "How do you know when to start processing?"  I jokingly say, "When the buzzards start circlin', it's time to take 'em down!"
I suppose we all have different tastes when it comes to such.  Some of Grandpa's customers wanted a beef hung 30 days, by then it would be covered with mold, lots of trim work but a fantastic flavor.
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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2017, 01:47:52 AM »
I skin them quick as I get them hung up. Just go ahead and get it over with. I'll age the back straps in the fridge for a week or 10 days if I have time. The rest is prolly getting made in to hamburger and cube steak anyway. Except for the heart which will be cooked shortly after skinning the deer.

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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2017, 07:10:53 AM »
There you go!  A man that knows what to do with the heart!  capttrae, there are way too many folks that allow the heart to become dog food, it's an interesting piece of meat.  I'll agree with you on ageing the back straps, too. ##$%#111
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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2017, 08:38:43 AM »
I do not like the organ meat.  One of the property owners that allows me access does so I always give them to him.
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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2017, 09:35:38 AM »
I start skinnin' as soon as it's flyin'...then I rub it down with vinegar and water, pat dry and cut it up for the freezer...

2 important reasons to remove the hide asap is 1. it allows the meat to cool faster and 2. it is a heck of a lot easier than after it's cold...

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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2017, 12:34:25 PM »
I start skinnin' as soon as it's flyin'...then I rub it down with vinegar and water, pat dry and cut it up for the freezer...

2 important reasons to remove the hide asap is 1. it allows the meat to cool faster and 2. it is a heck of a lot easier than after it's cold...

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the only time i've heard of this is to get rid of a gut shot deer smell or one that was starting to stink. my butcher told me deer found w/i 24 hours are good to eat even if they smell. the vinegar water gets rid of the smell
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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2017, 02:58:06 PM »
I skin, then gut as soon as I get it to the house as I never hunt far from the house.  Running water really helps at times. We let it hang over night and if the weather will cooperate I let it hang several days, with a fly bag on it of course.  Our weather seldom allows us to hang one outside, so usually the carcass is broke down into shoulders, hams, back straps and tenderloins.  The neck and rib meat is boned out and this is put in an ice chest on top of the main parts that are covered with ice.  The ice chest is raised by a 2X4 and the drain is left open, ice as needed.  One benefit of keeping the parts covered with ice is there is no drying out of the pieces as it does when it is skinned and hung in a cooler. 

My father-in-law is 94 and is still butchering on a small scale.  Before he retired he did a lot of deer processing.  He requested the customers to just gut the deer and leave the hides on.  He had a semi reefer parked at one of the kill floor doors for a game cooler and there would usually be over a hundred hanging with hides on during the peak of hunting season.  The meat would stay clean and not dry out by leaving the hides on.  He had a crew that came in after hours just to skin deer and then clean up.  He said the effort to keep the meat clean and not be dried out was worth it in the end.  He said it's a lot easier like that instead of trying to get the leaves and mud out of a poorly handled deer.  He wanted to keep the customers happy and he didn't want to waste time trying to correct problems he didn't create.  Nowadays he only processes deer that have been broke down as I described my process.

I'm a firm believer in ageing venison just like a beef.    I've tried to eat some fresh killed meat and there is a real difference to me.  I just finished processing a doe today that was killed the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2017, 03:35:30 PM »
Snort - leaving the meat dripping wet with water is not a good idea for the reason you mentioned.  I often hose out a deer when I get it home (if I shot it locally) to get the hair, leaves, blood, etc off the meat, but then pat it down with a towel to get the excess water off of it.  I get the body cavity propped open to get the air circulating on it - the water dries out/runs off pretty quick.  At marginal temperatures you don't want to let the water sit on the meat, and if it's really cold you'll get ice which isn't good either.  If I'm down south at deer camp, once I get it hung up I punch a few holes in the lid of a plastic water bottle & squeeze that to squirt out a stream & clean things up a bit - usually takes me a couple of 16 ounce bottles to get things reasonably clean, and again I wipe it down afterwards to get most of the water off.  Unless it's a big buck that I want to cape, I split the ribcage & prop things wide open to let the air get to it so it dries out quickly.  At home sometimes I point a pedestal fan at it too.
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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2017, 04:16:22 PM »
Okay I'll be the one to say it!

The best time to skin a deer is...

WHEN IT STOPS SUCKING AIR!!!
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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2017, 04:52:26 PM »
Snortweeze,
My reference to running water is restricted to a rinse in the lower part of the body cavity, that is the pelvic region.  That becomes the lower part because I hang the deer head up.  After skinning with the head up, I start my cut right where the rib cage ends and gently slide the tip of my knife all the way down to the pelvis, everything on the back side of the diaphragm will gently tumble into a tub place below the carcass.  This where you must retrieve the liver before it hits the tub along with all the other inedibles. Working the bung and the bladder, you may experience a break, tear or leak.  This is where the water comes into play.  I'm sure I'm probably the only one who has encountered a gut shot deer, here lots of running water is necessary, let me assure you!

Then you cut up through the sternum and remove what is left of the lungs and hopefully an undamaged heart. ;) Continue up remove the guzzle (wind pipe and esophagus) and by morning the carcass should be dried to an almost papery feel.  During this time, all the body heat dissipates.

Then begins the ageing, if you choose to do so.
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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #26 on: December 11, 2017, 08:08:06 AM »
I always skin it right away and never hang one due to temps. Skin, quarter and into a cooler on top of ice. there it ages 7 days before we process it.
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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #27 on: December 11, 2017, 08:14:28 AM »
Okay I'll be the one to say it!

The best time to skin a deer is...

WHEN IT STOPS SUCKING AIR!!!
##$%#15 ##$%#11 @--0--0123 @--0--0105 @--0--0123 ##$%#11 @--0--0129






what if  it is still blowing air    ##$%#1119    @--0--0117    @--0--0102    ##$%#1118
turkey season was a bust hope deer season is better




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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #28 on: December 11, 2017, 08:30:23 AM »
Okay I'll be the one to say it!

The best time to skin a deer is...

WHEN IT STOPS SUCKING AIR!!!
##$%#15 ##$%#11 @--0--0123 @--0--0105 @--0--0123 ##$%#11 @--0--0129






what if  it is still blowing air    ##$%#1119    @--0--0117    @--0--0102    ##$%#1118
And I thought you always waited until it froze solid and hung in the shed for a few weeks  --099-780  ##$%#15 just an old memory from years past.
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Re: best time to skin a deer
« Reply #29 on: December 11, 2017, 01:06:00 PM »
Okay I'll be the one to say it!

The best time to skin a deer is...

WHEN IT STOPS SUCKING AIR!!!
##$%#15 ##$%#11 @--0--0123 @--0--0105 @--0--0123 ##$%#11 @--0--0129

what if  it is still blowing air    ##$%#1119    @--0--0117    @--0--0102    ##$%#1118
And I thought you always waited until it froze solid and hung in the shed for a few weeks  --099-780  ##$%#15 just an old memory from years past.

Well dave if it's still blowing air you missed the lungs again!  ##$%#113
So I assume it's still walking and thus extremely hard to skin anyway.  @--0--0102

Gut I remember them good ol' days, frozen solid by the time sun goes down. Sure makes for a miserable job. Like filleting fish in a nor-west gale on Erie. OOPS I remmeber the captain does that fer us.  @--0--0123  ##$%#115  ##$%#111
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