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Survivalism & Self Sufficiency Topics => Outdoors Activities => Hunting => Topic started by: joeinwv on November 29, 2010, 08:12:07 PM

Title: Thanksgiving buck
Post by: joeinwv on November 29, 2010, 08:12:07 PM
No special story - set up around 630am and settled in to wait. Around 8am I had to stretch and was leaning against a dead tree for about 15mins when 2 bucks walked right down to me - spike following a 3 point.

I was not really paying attention, but standing still. Lot of swirling wind - deer just appeared about 30 yards away. Was holding 30-06 at port arms with buck staring dead at me, but I knew he couldn't smell me. Every time he looked away, I moved the gun a little more into position. Finally got the gun up and snapped a quick shot off. This particular Ruger Mk77 belonged to my godfater and has proven to be deer kryptonite several times (RIP Johnny).

Had a quiet chat with brother deer as he went and then got to work - true field test of my Becker Necker BK11. The blade profile and size is great for field dressing - 1095 held up great and stayed nice and sharp. To further test the blade, I batoned through the pelvic bone easily and split the rib cage up one side of the sternum so I could work easier. Could not ask for more out of the knife.

This was the first deer I have butchered 100% on my own, few impressions:
- skinning is way easier than I expected, really not a big deal what so ever, especially if you don't plan to keep the hide
- cutting roasts is really simple, was surprised how long meat held temp
- deer has a ton of silver skin / tendons - if you have not spent a fair amount of time cleaning whole pork / beef tenderloins, this may be a bit of a hassle for you - best advice is to have a flexible boning knife, keep it sharp and take your time

Steaks / roasts are in the freezer. Made about 5# of finished jerky - hot and really hot. Don't have a dehydrator, so built a real low fire on the smoker using hardwood charcoal. First time making jerky, came out pretty well.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving buck
Post by: KYdoomer on November 29, 2010, 08:14:39 PM
Nice, congrats.

Title: Re: Thanksgiving buck
Post by: NWBowhunter on November 29, 2010, 08:17:51 PM
Title: Re: Thanksgiving buck
Post by: Sweethearts Mom on November 29, 2010, 09:04:39 PM
What no pics?
Title: Re: Thanksgiving buck
Post by: Nicodemus on November 29, 2010, 09:16:34 PM
Cool Beans, Joe. Congratulations.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving buck
Post by: joeinwv on November 30, 2010, 07:55:40 AM
What no pics?
I know, I know - I was really racing to get the animal broken down and on ice so I could get cleaned up for Thanksgiving dinner. Besides, a 3 point is not exactly a trophy buck.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving buck
Post by: Greywolf27 on November 30, 2010, 08:20:20 AM
always nice to show up for Thanksgiving feast with a fresh harvest.   ;D
Title: Re: Thanksgiving buck
Post by: WVHunter on December 22, 2010, 05:39:35 AM
Congrats man...venison makes a great replacement for turkey any day!