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scottydoesntknow    [TotalFark]  
Already bagged, tagged, and processed mine. About 64 pounds of meat.

03 Dec 2012 11:42 AM
Nothing To See Here     
Goodbye Rudolf . . .

03 Dec 2012 11:43 AM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  
"If you ever taste my sausage, you'll never want anything else," he said.

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03 Dec 2012 11:50 AM
twiztedjustin     
Deer meat is quite tasty.


I don't eat it though.

03 Dec 2012 11:51 AM
Atomgirl     
Cody?

03 Dec 2012 11:52 AM
DubyaHater     
Now I'm hungry. Anyone know a reputable website for ordering venizon?
/being serious
//I lost my venizon contact when I moved out of NC.

03 Dec 2012 11:52 AM
cgraves67     
mmm venison. I love it, but it makes my wife queasy.

03 Dec 2012 11:57 AM
chasd00     

DubyaHater: Now I'm hungry. Anyone know a reputable website for ordering venizon?
/being serious
//I lost my venizon contact when I moved out of NC.


i think you mean verizon

03 Dec 2012 11:57 AM
eas81     
For you city folk that think that meat comes from a supermarket this is not strange. Those of us that grew up in the back woods learn how to use a gun and a knife and how to gut the creatures that we take from nature at an early age. Helped with my first Steer when I was five.

/CSB

03 Dec 2012 11:59 AM
JoeCowboy     
My 2 boys tagged 3 deer this year after the first three years of being shutout. Between the buck mount and processing, we're going to have a grand in deer cost this year. We don't have all the meat back yet, but we got the fresh meat back. Still missing the sausage and the smoked meat (but it's ready for pickup)

JC

03 Dec 2012 12:00 PM
Ow! That was my feelings!     
"A hunter will pay about $70 for "standard process" for an 85-pound deer. "

That's processed weight, right? If not, that might explain why so many Texans come to Colorado to hunt, the local deer are friggin tiny.

03 Dec 2012 12:02 PM
Happy Hours     

eas81: For you city folk that think that meat comes from a supermarket this is not strange.


Don't be silly. Meat comes from a plant and is cut up by Mexicans and Somalis.

03 Dec 2012 12:04 PM
BarkingUnicorn     

twiztedjustin: Deer meat is quite tasty.


I don't eat it though.


So you're a spitter, not a swallower?

03 Dec 2012 12:05 PM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  

Ow! That was my feelings!: "A hunter will pay about $70 for "standard process" for an 85-pound deer. "

That's processed weight, right? If not, that might explain why so many Texans come to Colorado to hunt, the local deer are friggin tiny.


Yeah, but they're *so much tighter*.....


03 Dec 2012 12:06 PM
KrispyKritter     

eas81: For you city folk that think that meat comes from a supermarket this is not strange. Those of us that grew up in the back woods learn how to use a gun and a knife and how to gut the creatures that we take from nature at an early age. Helped with my first Steer when I was five.

/CSB


i grew up minutes outside of NYC. i too learned how to use a knife and a gun at a very young age. i never used the phrase "gut the creatures that we take from nature at an early age" but I believe i can relate to where you're coming from.

03 Dec 2012 12:07 PM
Frank N Stein     

eas81: For you city folk that think that meat comes from a supermarket this is not strange. Those of us that grew up in the back woods learn how to use a gun and a knife and how to gut the creatures that we take from nature at an early age. Helped with my first Steer when I was five.

/CSB


I'm a city folk (currently live in Chicago, grew up in the burbs) and I was taught at a young age to hunt, fish, clean, and butcher animals. Growing up, all my friends were a combination of morbidly curious and grossed out whenever I would show them a deer hanging in the garage waiting to be butchered.

But I agree with what you're saying. City folks tend to have little common sense when they're outside their element of concrete and steel

03 Dec 2012 12:09 PM
maniacbastard     

Ow! That was my feelings!: That's processed weight, right? If not, that might explain why so many Texans come to Colorado to hunt, the local deer are friggin tiny.


They are pretty small. The ones on site at NASA look like horned great danes.

03 Dec 2012 12:09 PM
Ow! That was my feelings!     

ChipNASA: Ow! That was my feelings!: "A hunter will pay about $70 for "standard process" for an 85-pound deer. "

That's processed weight, right? If not, that might explain why so many Texans come to Colorado to hunt, the local deer are friggin tiny.

Yeah, but they're *so much tighter*.....


nice, +1.

03 Dec 2012 12:09 PM
Frank N Stein     

maniacbastard: They are pretty small. The ones on site at NASA look like horned great danes.


When I lived in Kodiak, Alaska, I was amazed by how small Sitka deer were compared to the typical Illinois white tails. Everything else in the state is huge, but the deer were pipsqueaks.

03 Dec 2012 12:14 PM
brap    [TotalFark]  

KrispyKritter: eas81: For you city folk that think that meat comes from a supermarket this is not strange. Those of us that grew up in the back woods learn how to use a gun and a knife and how to gut the creatures that we take from nature at an early age. Helped with my first Steer when I was five.

/CSB

i grew up minutes outside of NYC. i too learned how to use a knife and a gun at a very young age. i never used the phrase "gut the creatures that we take from nature at an early age" but I believe i can relate to where you're coming from.



I grew up in Iowa and learned how to use a gun at a very young age.
 
Now I live in NYC and learned how to use a credit card to purchase game at Citarella and farmer's markets.

03 Dec 2012 12:15 PM
DubyaHater     

chasd00: DubyaHater: Now I'm hungry. Anyone know a reputable website for ordering venizon?
/being serious
//I lost my venizon contact when I moved out of NC.

i think you mean verizon


No. I tried eating a Verizon once. Many people spoke highly of it, but it was just overpriced and overhyped. All gristle, no meat.

03 Dec 2012 12:15 PM
Spanky3woods     

Ow! That was my feelings!: "A hunter will pay about $70 for "standard process" for an 85-pound deer. "

That's processed weight, right? If not, that might explain why so many Texans come to Colorado to hunt, the local deer are friggin tiny.


Yeah, South Texas deer are really small. If a field dressed one is over 125 pounds then you got a big one.

Would love to shoot at larger ones. Not sure about hauling them out of the woods.

03 Dec 2012 12:17 PM
Swoop1809     
My friend hunts, but he must be pretty crappy at it, or very selfish because he hasn't offered me any venison jerky yet. I am beginning to become suspicious.

/doesn't hunt or fish
//avid indoorsman

03 Dec 2012 12:20 PM
Quinzy     

Spanky3woods: Ow! That was my feelings!: "A hunter will pay about $70 for "standard process" for an 85-pound deer. "

That's processed weight, right? If not, that might explain why so many Texans come to Colorado to hunt, the local deer are friggin tiny.

Yeah, South Texas deer are really small. If a field dressed one is over 125 pounds then you got a big one.

Would love to shoot at larger ones. Not sure about hauling them out of the woods.


I think the first rule of hunting is that you must drive at least two hours away from where you are to get a "good" deer.

03 Dec 2012 12:22 PM
Spanky3woods     

JoeCowboy: My 2 boys tagged 3 deer this year after the first three years of being shutout. Between the buck mount and processing, we're going to have a grand in deer cost this year. We don't have all the meat back yet, but we got the fresh meat back. Still missing the sausage and the smoked meat (but it's ready for pickup)

JC


Yeah. You don't really want to know how much that venison cost you on a per pound basis.

- Truck
- Lease
- Rifle
- Bullets
- License
- Clothing
- Deer blind
- Deer feeders
- Game Camera
- Camping gear
- Knives/processing equipment
- etc. etc. etc.

Actually like just sitting in the blind when it is quite and with good friends. Poker and beer and night

03 Dec 2012 12:22 PM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  

Frank N Stein: maniacbastard: They are pretty small. The ones on site at NASA look like horned great danes.

When I lived in Kodiak, Alaska, I was amazed by how small Sitka deer were compared to the typical Illinois white tails. Everything else in the state is huge, but the deer were pipsqueaks.


Yeah but did they quiver when you farked them??
/or was that just the cold......shivering.

03 Dec 2012 12:24 PM
CruJones     

Ow! That was my feelings!: "A hunter will pay about $70 for "standard process" for an 85-pound deer. "

That's processed weight, right? If not, that might explain why so many Texans come to Colorado to hunt, the local deer are friggin tiny.


Texas deer run from huge Mule Deer to exotics like Axis, those little jumping black deer, etc. I was looking at some ranch land the other day, and saw turkey, hogs, and four kinds of deer.

/$800 an acre, not bad!

03 Dec 2012 12:27 PM
Uisce Beatha     

Spanky3woods: JoeCowboy: My 2 boys tagged 3 deer this year after the first three years of being shutout. Between the buck mount and processing, we're going to have a grand in deer cost this year. We don't have all the meat back yet, but we got the fresh meat back. Still missing the sausage and the smoked meat (but it's ready for pickup)

JC

Yeah. You don't really want to know how much that venison cost you on a per pound basis.


It can get pricey if you don't already have a lot of that gear - most folks interested in hunting have a lot of it already though. For example:

- Truck - Already owned for camping, boat hauling, etc.
- Lease - Don't need it around here. National Forest is free and open, and a decent place to hunt
- Rifle - Already owned a couple I can use for hunting (it's a hobby/obsession)
- Bullets - See above
- License - $25 for first deer, $15 for follow-on does, so not too bad
- Clothing - Already owned for camping and work
- Deer blind - My cheapy $50 one works just fine
- Deer feeders - Not legal here, so NA
- Game Camera - Bah, don't need one.
- Camping gear - Already owned, all my kids are in scouts.
- Knives/processing equipment - KNife was cheap, and the local processors are pretty inexpensive too

Not true for everyone, sure, but on a per pound basis, it isn't too bad (120 lbs of venison so far this year). At least, that is what I keep telling my wife.

03 Dec 2012 12:32 PM
Ow! That was my feelings!     

Spanky3woods: Ow! That was my feelings!: "A hunter will pay about $70 for "standard process" for an 85-pound deer. "

That's processed weight, right? If not, that might explain why so many Texans come to Colorado to hunt, the local deer are friggin tiny.

Yeah, South Texas deer are really small. If a field dressed one is over 125 pounds then you got a big one.

Would love to shoot at larger ones. Not sure about hauling them out of the woods.


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And the best thing about these carriers is that they collapse down and can be carried in as a 'backpack'.

03 Dec 2012 12:33 PM
Mazzic518     

Spanky3woods: JoeCowboy: My 2 boys tagged 3 deer this year after the first three years of being shutout. Between the buck mount and processing, we're going to have a grand in deer cost this year. We don't have all the meat back yet, but we got the fresh meat back. Still missing the sausage and the smoked meat (but it's ready for pickup)

JC

Yeah. You don't really want to know how much that venison cost you on a per pound basis.

- Truck
- Lease
- Rifle
- Bullets
- License
- Clothing
- Deer blind
- Deer feeders
- Game Camera
- Camping gear
- Knives/processing equipment
- etc. etc. etc.

Actually like just sitting in the blind when it is quite and with good friends. Poker and beer and night


I love when people bring this up because I have to re-buy all that stuff every year right?

03 Dec 2012 12:41 PM
Gunny Walker     

eas81: For you city folk that think that meat comes from a supermarket this is not strange. Those of us that grew up in the back woods learn how to use a gun and a knife and how to gut the creatures that we take from nature at an early age. Helped with my first Steer when I was five.


Could you also inform us of your current state of readiness for football? If I get shot, will you promise to spit some beech nut in my murder's eye? Has cornbread and ice tea taken the place of pills and 90 proof?

03 Dec 2012 12:43 PM
Nothing To See Here     

Mazzic518: Spanky3woods: JoeCowboy: My 2 boys tagged 3 deer this year after the first three years of being shutout. Between the buck mount and processing, we're going to have a grand in deer cost this year. We don't have all the meat back yet, but we got the fresh meat back. Still missing the sausage and the smoked meat (but it's ready for pickup)

JC

Yeah. You don't really want to know how much that venison cost you on a per pound basis.

- Truck
- Lease
- Rifle
- Bullets
- License
- Clothing
- Deer blind
- Deer feeders
- Game Camera
- Camping gear
- Knives/processing equipment
- etc. etc. etc.

Actually like just sitting in the blind when it is quite and with good friends. Poker and beer and night

I love when people bring this up because I have to re-buy all that stuff every year right?


Just the block of Salt Lick.

03 Dec 2012 12:56 PM
JesseL     

Quinzy: I think the first rule of hunting is that you must drive at least two hours away from where you are to get a "good" deer.


I drive about 15 minutes to the area I usually hunt.

Meanwhile, all the bucks migrate into my front yard during deer season.

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03 Dec 2012 12:59 PM
Spanky3woods     

Uisce Beatha: Spanky3woods: JoeCowboy: My 2 boys tagged 3 deer this year after the first three years of being shutout. Between the buck mount and processing, we're going to have a grand in deer cost this year. We don't have all the meat back yet, but we got the fresh meat back. Still missing the sausage and the smoked meat (but it's ready for pickup)

JC

Yeah. You don't really want to know how much that venison cost you on a per pound basis.

It can get pricey if you don't already have a lot of that gear - most folks interested in hunting have a lot of it already though. For example:

- Truck - Already owned for camping, boat hauling, etc.
- Lease - Don't need it around here. National Forest is free and open, and a decent place to hunt
- Rifle - Already owned a couple I can use for hunting (it's a hobby/obsession)
- Bullets - See above
- License - $25 for first deer, $15 for follow-on does, so not too bad
- Clothing - Already owned for camping and work
- Deer blind - My cheapy $50 one works just fine
- Deer feeders - Not legal here, so NA
- Game Camera - Bah, don't need one.
- Camping gear - Already owned, all my kids are in scouts.
- Knives/processing equipment - KNife was cheap, and the local processors are pretty inexpensive too

Not true for everyone, sure, but on a per pound basis, it isn't too bad (120 lbs of venison so far this year). At least, that is what I keep telling my wife.


True dat. I'm not complaining. I also own most of that stuff anyway. Good thing is my wife loves venison so she doesn't care that I buy stuff for hunting.

Fun fact, your neighbors old wooden swing set can be easily converted to a functional deer blind for $0 with only scrap wood and a handful of drywall screws.

03 Dec 2012 01:01 PM
oldtaku     

scottydoesntknow: Already bagged, tagged, and processed mine. About 64 pounds of meat.



That's quite a bit of meat to get off a 7 year old. Too much McD's?

03 Dec 2012 01:22 PM
Maud Dib     

Ow! That was my feelings!: "A hunter will pay about $70 for "standard process" for an 85-pound deer. "

That's processed weight, right? If not, that might explain why so many Texans come to Colorado to hunt, the local deer are friggin tiny.


We have a whole herd of 'em in our neighborhood, the bucks are 10-12 pointers, but they're not much bigger than a large dog.

03 Dec 2012 01:37 PM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  

oldtaku: scottydoesntknow: Already bagged, tagged, and processed mine. About 64 pounds of meat.


That's quite a bit of meat to get off a 7 year old. Too much McD's?


There's two of em

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03 Dec 2012 01:56 PM
Drunken_Irish_Joker     
I bagged a 4-point Sika stag on our farm a week ago, dropped him off at the butcher Tuesday afternoon, and should have all the meat back by this weekend.

For those of you unfamiliar, Sikas are mini-elk, native to Japan, and an invasive species on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We have nearly 400 acres backing to state wildlife management area (about 22,000 acres) and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

Sikas on the Shore don't get big- not enough genetic diversity or nutrients in the marshes of Dorchester County. 3x3 is about the biggest you'll see, but a couple years ago I bagged a 3x4. But they are fun to hunt. The bucks will bugle like their big elk cousins and the does chirp and bark. We do get some white tails on the property, but earlier in the season when its drier usually. The sikas, even though they're pint size compared to the white tails, will chase them off.

Best part: The meat tastes FAR better (think sweeter) than white tail. Once you've eaten sika, you'll never want a white tail again. Down side? MD only allows one buck and one doe for each of the three seasons. When an average buck dresses at 60-80# and a doe in the high 50's, there's not much meat there.

/Doesn't bother hunting white tails anymore
//but if I see one, I'll shoot it!

03 Dec 2012 02:05 PM
drgloryboy     
Back straps from farm raised corn fed deer, no gamey taste, $17/lb.
butcherboyfoodproducts.com

03 Dec 2012 02:50 PM
Ow! That was my feelings!     

drgloryboy: Back straps from farm raised corn fed deer, no gamey taste, $17/lb.
butcherboyfoodproducts.com


no.

03 Dec 2012 03:04 PM
JesseL     

Ow! That was my feelings!: drgloryboy: Back straps from farm raised corn fed deer, no gamey taste, $17/lb.
butcherboyfoodproducts.com

no.


+1. May as well stick to beef.

As far as I'm concerned, gamey = actual meat flavor.

03 Dec 2012 03:49 PM
loonatic112358     
also known as when loon starts hitting peope up for venison jerky

/love venison, don't care to hunt

03 Dec 2012 04:31 PM
miniflea     
City guy here. Never hunted. Shot guns in boy scouts and very occasionally make it to the shooting range with friends. I would absolutely love to eat venison I'd shot myself but haven't the faintest idea of how to go about it.

03 Dec 2012 06:12 PM
davidab     

Spanky3woods: JoeCowboy: My 2 boys tagged 3 deer this year after the first three years of being shutout. Between the buck mount and processing, we're going to have a grand in deer cost this year. We don't have all the meat back yet, but we got the fresh meat back. Still missing the sausage and the smoked meat (but it's ready for pickup)

JC

Yeah. You don't really want to know how much that venison cost you on a per pound basis.

- Truck
- Lease
- Rifle
- Bullets
- License
- Clothing
- Deer blind
- Deer feeders
- Game Camera
- Camping gear
- Knives/processing equipment
- etc. etc. etc.

Actually like just sitting in the blind when it is quite and with good friends. Poker and beer and night


$160 a pound youtube

03 Dec 2012 07:54 PM
dancindan84     

miniflea: City guy here. Never hunted. Shot guns in boy scouts and very occasionally make it to the shooting range with friends. I would absolutely love to eat venison I'd shot myself but haven't the faintest idea of how to go about it.


Best way to learn is from someone who knows. Around here it's hard NOT to know someone who hunts (to give you an idea, one of the local schools had a "wear camo to school" day to celebrate the end of the season a couple weeks ago), but ask around at work or ask your friends if they know anyone who hunts. Lots of hunters don't mind taking someone green along for the ride, since it usually means an extra tag or two along with them. If you post where you're from, I'm sure a farker can point you in the right direction for figuring out what you'd need in terms of licensing and whatnot to get you started.

03 Dec 2012 08:19 PM
laid back w/bud light     
Brother shot 3 and dad shot 2 this fall. Free venison for me for at least another year. 11 year old daughter turns down a NY strip before deer meat.

03 Dec 2012 09:04 PM
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