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    Here is an old link I found on here someone shared before to a YouTube video. Decent for getting the big parts cut off. For me the backstraps are the first to get taken off and if you use a fillet knife it will make it easier.





    Here is the thread on here (BHO) from year's past:

    http://www.bowhuntingohio.com/forum/...ght=processing
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    Thanks for all the great information, links and know how. Will definitely be putting it to use.

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    I used this video with wonderful results! Kentucky Afield, field to freezer. You can find a few cuts of it on the net here and there, but it's worth the $ to have on hand.

    A food sealer/vacuum sealer is VERY nice to have when processing as well. In regard to a meat grinder... I dropped some pretty pennies on an American made hand crank grinder... search for a Choprite. Expensive, but wow!
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    I have the vacuum sealer no grinder yet and it really doesnt look hard but just how long does it take to hang to the freezer to finish butchering it

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    Since no one else has answered, I'll chime in. When I shoot a deer, I gut it and take it home and hang it using ratchet straps and a steel bar through the legs. Maybe 2hrs later, if I'm lucky, the meat is in a cooler with ice. It sits there for up to 2wks while I work on processing it. It may take me 8hrs to do the entire deer from that point, but I spend a lot of time getting set up and cleaning up too. I'm sure if I tried to do it all in one day it could take 4-6hrs depending on size and cleaning the grinder afterwards.
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    Another good youtube set of videos is from: ikesoutdoors.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXmvs_YLEno

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    For one I think that u freaking out about getting ur harvest I know for a fact that they make sure u only get your meat more than u no the place I worked when I was younger freaked out about that u had to be all the way sure. And the sanitary reason if they are licensed then the health depart ment shows up around 15 times a year un expectedly so u bet ur ass that they go by the book or they would have been shut down already. Ya there are some places that are slummy right when u get there but them are the places that u see u don't want ur deer done. The place I take mine is always very clean. Doing it your self In my opinion is easy quartering it out is a breeze iv watched a lot of old timers do it and I feel that they sometimes make it harder than it needs to be. Biggest key so u don't get pissed off half way thru have a very very very sharp knife and a knife sharpener if u have a sharp knife it's a breez

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    The cost is simply the reason why I try to always butcher my own. Well, that and when I put a pack of meat in the freezer it is completely trimmed and ready to go the day I take it out. The two deer my daughter and I got a couple weeks ago I skinned both and had them quartered, the carcasses trimmed completely and in the fridge in about 5 hours. Over the next week I probably put 20 hours of work into them cutting off the bone, trimming all the fat and sinew off, grinding burger and packaging. Used the vacuum sealer and that saved a lot of time. Box of bags @ $22 and I had both done with enough bags to do another deer. VS. $85 per deer with packages I would have to thaw and trim before using. Well worth my money and effort.
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    I butcher my own also. The wife and I shoot to many deer to pay and also I like the peace of mind knowing it was cleanly done and its my actual deer meat I am getting back. I have also noticed that when i eat deer someone paid to have done, it usually leaves a weird film on the top of my mouth.
    ive hunted my whole life, the rest I just wasted

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