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  • How long do you let your deer cure before processing? Here in Michigan, it's usually cold enough for me to let it hang at least

    How long do you let your deer cure before processing? Here in Michigan, it's usually cold enough for me to let it hang at least a week, which is my prefernce!

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    I get it to the processor within a day, if possible. When bowhunting, it is sometimes too warm to let it hang. When it is cold and I am camping I don't want it to freeze. Processor typically only lets it hang for a day at the most. I am not convinced that curing helps the taste of the meat. I have been told that hanging them asap by gambrels rather than the head to help drain the blood from the prime meat matters more.

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    • #3
      We hung ours for a day or so depending on the weather. My uncle does the proccessing so it is quick and easy.

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      • #4
        I ahng mine in the cooler for 5-7 days with the hide on, then skin and butcher.

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        • #5
          If its below 40 degrees average temp, i'll leave it hang a few days, but i peel the tenderloins out and eat them right away, fresh.

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          • #6
            I live in Michigan also. I do the same as you and beekeeper.

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            • #7
              if the temps allow, like others posting here, i like at least seven days and i too leave the hide on until i'm read to butcher.

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              • #8
                if its cold you should be able to let it sit for a while

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                • #9
                  in maine we keep the deer out for about 5 days if there aren't no flies out and its below 45. If it isn't we bring it in within a day or to

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                  • #10
                    Usually 3 to 5 days if it's cold enough.

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                    • #11
                      Agreed with MLH answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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