My friend just hit a deer can I process it? need advise please

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  1. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    my friend just called me he is fine but he hot and killed a deer about 10 minutes ago. Can I go collect it and process it? do I gut it on the scene? or should I bring it home to do? is it allowed if it is road kill if I obviously have no tags?

    can someone direct me to a web site that tells how to do it? I love venison and the poor thing should not go to waste. but I have never processed anything larger than a chicken before so I have no idea as to how. well I have a general sence. Maybe I can just go and cut out the good parts???? that would be either side of it right? doesnt have to be pretty just would like to put some meat in the frig that costs nothing [​IMG]
     
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  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    check your local laws, here that would be illegal.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I would go and get it. Glad your friend is okay!
     
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  4. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here you can take it but you have to call the cops to have the game commission take the head and hide. you can find a processor in the phone book, if you know how to gut it you should other wise get it to be processed right away. And of course, make sure its in good enough condition, like its not blown out on the side or anything that would contaminate the meat.
     
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  5. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    i just got off the phone with the state police they are tagging it for me now and I am heading up there. ok so I am just gonna put it in the truck and bring it home right or does it need to be gutted first? should I bring a knife???? my friend is coming to help
     
  6. CedarRidgeChicks

    CedarRidgeChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check with Game and Fish first..my hubby has hit several..the State Police always asked if he wanted to keep it..if yes they call it in to game and fish. He has actually hit 5 in 4 years, the first a very large 235 lb 12 pt buck that did $5900.00 damage to the truck yes we kept the rack!! It was during rut and the deer was torn up bad..

    As to keeping..depends on the damage and how quick you can gut/hang.
     
  7. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    i dont think I can get it to a processor until tomorrow and the ones I found said it must be a skinned carcuss? does that mean gutted too? well I have about 5 minures before I head out just waiting for my friend.
     
  8. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. Best to gut it immediately. Careful to not cut the stomach open if possible. Where ever the deer got hit, the meat will probably be heavily bruised and no good.

    Get it home, hang and skin it. It's not that hard. Good Luck!


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  9. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    That's great that you get to keep it!! It's always irritated me about Oregon that you can't keep a deer that you hit, AND they just throw them away, you can't even donate wild meat to feed the homeless here!!! GRRRR!!!

    Yay for you and your freezer!!
     
  10. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it were hit by a car I would most likely not gut it at all. A lot of deer hit by cars have ruptures in their guts that make cleaning them more difficult and alot of times you don't realize it until you gut them. I would just take the quarters that are not too severely damaged and the back strap.
     

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