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Old July 16th, 2018, 11:16 PM #11
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It was a little wet this evening. Once the rain let up some I moved out from under the cover of the treeline into a spot in the middle of the field. Two minutes later I dropped this doe.
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Old July 17th, 2018, 12:24 AM #12
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I love deer meat and shoot mostly does because of that.I have never eaten any deer taken this time of year.I would assume they would be more tender this time of year....easy food and no running from horny bucks.Im talking adult not fawns.Should I get some crop damage tags?
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Old July 17th, 2018, 08:18 AM #13
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I would say without a doubt meat this time of year is much better than one harvested in oct/nov. Right now they are eating fresh tender crop growth, and corn. Later in the fall they eat acorns and older plants. Have you ever eaten an acorn? It taste bitter and horrible. Contrary to the popular belief of "fat is flavor" it is not true for deer. Deer fat is horrible and gives the meat an almost rancid flavor. This time of year the does are just finished weaning the fawns. From the nursing process they are currently low on fat and just starting to gain some weight back for winter. Summer time their fat is mostly a jelly consistency located in their lower abdomen. Closer to winter the fat is more between the muscle and hide with a hard waxy type of consistency, which inevitably gets put into ground a lot times.
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Closer to winter the fat is more between the muscle and hide with a hard waxy type of consistency, which inevitably gets put into ground a lot times.
The flank meat on the ribs and around the shoulders can get a lot fat mixed in it. This is one of the reasons I like self butchering also, besides being cheap and not liking deer as steaks. I have 3 and 5 gallon food buckets and cooled in the basement fridge. Deer are deboned and thrown in the bucket. I sit at the island and trim roasts of membrane and fat and cube and trim all grind-age of fat.

Deer fat rendered makes good bullet lube too. I have 1 1/2 year old fat in the fridge in the basement and no mold or rancid smell. Had some of it out for a month and a half warm and didn't go bad.
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Yesterday I had to take one of my dogs to the vet which I'd rather do that than sit out in that down pour that we got. My wife is in town tomorrow so I might spend a few days with her then get back to hunting Sunday or Monday.

This doe was alone but had a fox traveling with her. He was within 10 yards of her for over 10 minutes. When she changed direction so did he.

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The recent rain has made the low laying fields a muddy mess. I had to go 200yds across one tonight and each step I sank halfway to my knees.

I saw 6 shooters, 5 little dinky bucks and one doe. She came out fast and at last light. I thought it was a 130-140yd shot. Well I misjudged and it was actually 170ish. She dropped on the spot but recovered some and tried getting up a minute later. A follow up shot quickly ended any suffering. With each shot being $2+ I hate missing or needing to use a second shot but sometimes that is what needs done.

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I was on the road walking in and saw her about 160 yds out. I stalked her and cut the distance in half.

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I've got spikes grouping together in the field by my house. I'm getting giddy

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