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How long do you hang your deer before processing it? If it's cold I let my deer hang at least 5 days. What do you think?

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  • #16
    I've never been able to let it hang over a day. The weather here can still b 50-70 degrees even in NOV, Heck it was 70 yesterday (JAN) and we always have dogs around camp so I don't let it hang. I usually quarter it and put it in an ice cest for a day or two. Gotta be careful there too and change the water out. I had one rot on ice a few years ago, I was not a happy camper.

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    • #17
      We usaully let them hang a week if weather permits, but they skin harder when frozen. Skin pullsright off when done soon after the kill.

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      • #18
        At our camp we like to leave our deer hang for 5 or 6 days with the hide on. We have a professsional butcher that hunts with us and he has proved to us that even though it may get warm ( 40 - 50 ) during day the hide keeps the meat cool. If you would like to try something cut the hide and slide your hand between the meat and hide and see how cold it is. I skin our deer with a 4-wheeler so it dosen't matter how hard the hide pulls off, Our deer meat tastes excellent and thats what matters. Temperture in your area will determine what you do. Our camp is high in the mountains of WV.

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        • #19
          I won't hunt them unless the weather is freezing, because you can't age the meat properly for taste otherwise. A week at an average temp of 32 or less.

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          • #20
            I do it the same day for me!!!

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            • #21
              Warm weather, I quarter them up immediately and put them in my extra refrigerator in my garage for three or four days before processing them. As the weather gets better for aging, I leave them hanging longer and check them every day. I have one hanging now that has been hanging for 11 days and its still good. I plan on processing it tomorrow or the next day.

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              • #22
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmkdx-LCAtA

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                • #23
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmkdx-LCAtA

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                  • #24
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmkdx-LCAtA

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