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Old November 30, 2008, 12:52 PM   #1
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Just got my first deer

Last weekend I shot my first whitetail. It felt great and I cant wait to get out and get another one. Hopefully next time ill get a buck! It was a pretty good size doe taken with a TC Encore 20ga slug barrel using 3" Federal barnes expander slugs. Took it in Smyrna NY, in Chenango County.


Then a couple of pics of me pheasant hunting yesterday.
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Old November 30, 2008, 12:57 PM   #2
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That's a good sized doe. Bucks are overrated. Age that meat young man. Hang it somewhere just above freezing fer several days before you butcher or pay to have it processed.

Congrats!!!
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Old November 30, 2008, 01:02 PM   #3
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I sure did age it. Shot it saturday, had it hanging from that rope in 10-33 degree weather till i brought it to the butcher on wednesday. Think thats enough?

You cant see it that well from the hanging pic, but coyotes got to it the first night it was hanging out and ate some of its right rear leg. Not too bad though. The night after I stayed outside in a blind facing the deer waiting for those damn 'yotes but they got smart and stayed away
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Old November 30, 2008, 01:13 PM   #4
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The weather was a bit on the cool side to really age well. The ballpark is 34-40 degrees F for as little as 3 days and as much as 10 or even more under very well controlled climes. You might want to consider hanging it in a garage with a tarp around it or skin on in the future. The goal is to allow the meat's natural enzymes to start breaking down the collagen while simultaneously inhibiting bacterial growth. If it freezes too fast rigidity never relaxes and the meat stays tough.

I've got a couple little does (quartered) in coolers sitting on top of ice as I type. I'll change the ice in a couple days and let it sit till perhaps Friday or Saturday. They should stay right around 33-34 degrees. Just remember to keep water off the meat. I have them in plastic bags and keep the ice under the meat not covering them.

Sorry to hear about the 'yotes. I'd rather loose both shoulders than 1/2 a hind.
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Old November 30, 2008, 01:34 PM   #5
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Congrats!, thats a nice doe. You never forget your first.
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Old November 30, 2008, 06:04 PM   #6
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Congrats on your doe.
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Old November 30, 2008, 06:37 PM   #7
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Nice doe. I`ll take a nice doe for the freezer over a buck(especially around the rut) anyday. Enjoy!
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Old November 30, 2008, 11:13 PM   #8
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I think the perma-grin says it all! Congrats on the first of what I hope will be many for you!
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Old November 30, 2008, 11:18 PM   #9
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. . .it's been said already but I would take a doe over a buck most anyday.

Good job. . .and nice birds!
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Old November 30, 2008, 11:26 PM   #10
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Congrats on the doe! Outstanding!

I got skunked this year (didn't even see one), but a day outside in the timber beats an hour of being stuck inside a cube at work any day of the week.

Now get your crockpot/grill ready, and make sure to read up on how to cook venison, which is pretty easy to screw up if you've never cooked it before. But done properly, venison (especially doe venison) is great.
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Old December 1, 2008, 02:17 AM   #11
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Good kill! Fancy shootin' iron too! Nice birds too!
What is the phase the deer are in? Full rut? Our rut is quite a bit off yet.
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Old December 1, 2008, 06:33 AM   #12
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Your deer is saying could you cut me some slack.

Way to go and congrats.
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Old December 1, 2008, 07:00 AM   #13
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Congrats on your first! It's quite a feeling. Enjoy the meat - and get back out and get another!

Good work.
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Old December 1, 2008, 01:12 PM   #14
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Congrats - definitely a good sized doe! Here's to many exciting seasons to come.
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Old December 1, 2008, 04:15 PM   #15
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congrats, that'll be good eatin'!
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Old December 1, 2008, 05:03 PM   #16
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Good Job! I shot my first deer a couple of weeks ago, in Hamilton NY, a few miles north of Smyrna. Wasn't as big as yours. Nice Shootin!
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Old December 1, 2008, 11:00 PM   #17
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Yummy. Good job buddy
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Old December 2, 2008, 01:38 AM   #18
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Nice Doe, whats up with the port-A-jon? Grandma wouldn't let you in the house to stink it up?
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Old December 2, 2008, 02:16 AM   #19
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mmm... looks alot yummier than the old buck i shot
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Old December 2, 2008, 09:54 AM   #20
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Congrats.
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Old December 2, 2008, 05:29 PM   #21
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Congratulations Cerick. Hope its the first of many.
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Old December 2, 2008, 05:41 PM   #22
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congratulations

will look even better next to the mashed potatoes!

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