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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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  • rudyglove27
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmkdx-LCAtA

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  • rudyglove27
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  • rudyglove27
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  • rdolen
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    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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  • rudyglove27
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    I do it the same day for me!!!

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  • blackdawgz
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    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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  • Sarge01
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    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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  • huntcamp
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    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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  • CPT BRAD
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    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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  • Christian Emter
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    I shoot mine gut it and let it hang about 1 or two days until I can cut it up.

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  • kjflorian
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    Reference my post on walk in cooler. It definitely helps to age your deer, plus I can control the temp too. Several of the books I read on aging deer also states that you shouldn't let them freeze in the first 24 hrs, which causes your meat to be tough.

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  • rjbedrock
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    It all depends on the weather, use common sense.

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  • rjbedrock
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    It all depends on the weather, use common sense.

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  • Smitty77
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    Under ideal situations my deer hang from 7-10 days. Usually during the archery season this isnt possible because of warmer temps and no access to a walk in cooler.

    The whole reason behind aging meat is letting the enzymes in the meat break down which results in meat being more tender.

    The taste for me does not change much. Why would you want to hide the taste of venison anyway?

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  • trailertrash
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    depends on the weather. As long as it stays below 45 degrees and it's skinned I let mine hang 4-7 days, otherwise it's the the same day.

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