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Spoilage?

Unread postby RidgeReaper » Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:57 am

Shot a big buck last night. Pax
Packed him with ice overnight. I'm taking the cape off now. Think the meat lasted?

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Re: Spoilage?

Unread postby DeerDylan » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:01 am

It was pretty cool up my way. I think you might be alright. Congrats by the way!

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Unread postby RidgeReaper » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:02 am

Its 60 out now. I'm stressed out big time! I'll post story and pics later.

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Unread postby Lockdown » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:05 am

I think it'll be alright.

Congrats and can't wait for the story!!

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Unread postby stash59 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:12 am

Should be fine. I've dealt with elk in far warmer temps than the 60's. Without the aid of any ice. Elk seem to spoil easier than deer!!!

Relax you will be fine!
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Unread postby RidgeReaper » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:15 am

Sort of easing my mind! Thanks fellas!

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Unread postby Bigb » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:55 am

If you packed him with Ice last night then I think you probably got the internal temperature down pretty low. I think you would be fin if you get it quartered up and in the fridge today.
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Unread postby JoeRE » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:10 am

stash59 wrote:Should be fine. I've dealt with elk in far warmer temps than the 60's. Without the aid of any ice. Elk seem to spoil easier than deer!!!

Relax you will be fine!



Agreed I think a lot of whitetail hunters worry needlessly about a deer spoiling....unless you are letting it lay out with the guts in it all day in 80 degree temps, probably nothing to worry about.

Cooling it faster is better, I think it reduces the gamey taste, but takes some serious neglect to actually go bad....and you will know that when you smell it.
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Unread postby Zona » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:19 am

Congrats Ridge....looking forward to the pics and story
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Unread postby burtle » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:33 am

Looking forward to the story and pics
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Re: Spoilage?

Unread postby Horizontal Hunter » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:56 am

Congratulations on your harvest. I too am looking forward to some pics.

I always keep 1/2 gallon milk jugs filled with water in the freezer for cooling a deer. Plus it helps keep the freezer goods if I lose power.

When I am keeping a deer overnight in this weather I lay out a tarp and put the deer on it. I pack a jug or two in the cavity, one between the hams and one or two along the pack. They I roll up the deer in the tarp like a burrito and set it on the garage floor out of the sun. 12-18 hours later I think is still cold and there is still ice left.

I prefer milk jugs as they don't leak when the ice melts and the deer stays dry.

I think you will be fine. The deer are in their winter coats and should hold the cold in fine. The only place you might run into an issue is the hams if you didn't put some ice there. That's where the most meat is and it can retain the heat for awhile.

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Re: Spoilage?

Unread postby woodswalker » Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:24 am

It is a good practice to skin your deer as soon as possible especially when it is warm. That coat of hollow deer hair keeps the heat in as well as the cold out. If possible I like to get my deer skinned while it still has body heat in it. It is not only easier to skin but it cools faster as well.
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Re: Spoilage?

Unread postby Razorhead » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:28 am

woodswalker wrote:It is a good practice to skin your deer as soon as possible especially when it is warm. That coat of hollow deer hair keeps the heat in as well as the cold out. If possible I like to get my deer skinned while it still has body heat in it. It is not only easier to skin but it cools faster as well.


+1 I couldn't agree more with this line of thinking.

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Unread postby PK_ » Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:43 pm

it will 100% be ok.

While I agree about gutting and skinning and cooling as quick as you can, If I followed the rules of the north as far as what some guys believe would spoil meat I would not be able to eat many of the deer I kill. I drag deer for hours in 90* weather, often without gutting, meat is always fine.
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Re: Spoilage?

Unread postby cedarsavage » Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:12 pm

You'll be fine. If I kill one when it's warm I quarter them right away and throw it in the freezer in garbage bags, that way I can thaw and butcher when it's convenient

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