Warm weather dear hunting

Fester

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I have a question for you guys. What do you do with your deer if you shoot one on a warm day? Let's say temps from 70-80 degrees. Do you just not hunt, pack with ice as soon as you can, do nothing and cut up as soon as possible etc? Just curious what everybody does or if you have some unique ideas.
 


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I skin and quarter it right away and put it on ice in a cooler for a day or two then debone.
 


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I've put a window air conditioner in the garage and made a makeshift walk in cooler out of 1'' Styrofoam sheets and a tarp. It worked ok but now that I have more time I only harvest when its cool enough.
 

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Multiple coolers, game bags, clean towels and a bunch of frozen water bottles/jugs. Frozen bottles sweat but way less risk of meat sitting in water compared to ice blocks. Towels prevent condensation pooling and keep meat in contact with bottles from freezing. Game bags help for this too. Have enough cooler space to mix frozen bottles and meat so everything cools quickly and has room to breathe.
 


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Shoot, gut, and cut just as fast as I can. I figure the cool down will happen once it's brought down to pot size.
 


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Son does gutless. Take back straps and skin out quarters, put in bag and cool. Head if horn. Balance left. I watch at my age but then not many deer shot anymore. db
 

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Aging venison is highly overrated my opinion and many others
Can't find the article now, was in Outdoor Life. Aging breaks down the tendons in the meat was what it was about, making it more tender. Not a big thing in my book either. We just play the weather. If warm, bone and pack. If freezing temps, bone and pack. Ma nature is the deciding factor.
 

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Aging venison is highly overrated my opinion and many others
Depends what you're doing. Sticks, sausage, jerky, etc... maybe not noticable. Making steaks from strap or hind quarters... makes all the difference in the world if aged a few days in the right temp range.
 

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I haven't gutted an a big game animal in 10-years ish, gutless quartering is the best. 15-20 minute job with two guys that know what they're doing, about 30-40 minute job when I'm by myself with the kids. Between antelope hunting and kids youth deer tags, we've shot several animals when it's 70-80 degrees or hotter out. Hang, skin, quarter, bag in contractor 2 mil garbage bags, and into coolers on ice normally withing 30 minutes or so of the harvest. Leave it in the cooler or a day or two and and then get it it processed an into the freezer.
 


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