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Butchering the rest of the deer: What to do with the last bits of meat

October 16, 2019 at 8:13 pm

Again, it is time for a disclaimer: Butcher is not my official title or unofficial title. Butchering the animals and birds is an enjoyable task for me. The results are not perfect, but the job is completed with edible meat going into the fr...

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Butchering the hindquarter

October 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

There are two ways we look at our deer meat in my hunt group. We all save what is considered the prime cuts. Mainly these are the backstrap and the tenderloins.One member takes much of the rest of the meat to a processor to make pepperoni s...

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What to do next with your deer carcass

October 14, 2019 at 8:08 pm

We now have a deer carcass hanging in a cool place to allow the body heat to dissipate. This may be a shop, garage or walk-in cooler, but make sure the deer is out of reach of smaller critters looking for fresh meat.The amount of time betwe...

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How to butcher deer

October 13, 2019 at 7:55 pm

The shot was right on the mark. The deer is down. Now what?Many, if not most, of the deer hunters are experienced enough to know what to do at this point. However, there are enough new and inexperienced hunters to justify going over these i...

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More survival techniques for the great outdoors

October 09, 2019 at 5:00 am

Groups of deer hunters will head into the field this Saturday as the general deer season opens. Today we will continue with survival techniques.We finished yesterday with the idea of every member of the hunting party carrying a whistle, the...

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Survival techniques vital when hunting

October 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

The general deer season begins this Saturday, Oct. 12. This week we are covering some items to consider as hunting groups head for the field this first weekend.As an Army pilot we had a saying about being lost, “Nope, I was never lost, diso...

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Safety is the main word

October 07, 2019 at 5:00 am

The big day is close. The general deer season will begin on Saturday, Oct. 12.The deer hunting season is magical. It reminds me of looking through the Sears’ catalog a month before Christmas when a youngster. The excitement was high and get...

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How to prepare and cook a wild turkey

October 06, 2019 at 6:58 pm

Two tagged turkeys were in back of the Ram, now what? My wild turkeys are skinned after a successful hunting trip. This year the procedure was changed a bit.A knife was used to separate the ribs on both sides of the backbone. It was then ea...

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Chasing turkey

September 30, 2019 at 5:00 am

Hunting wild turkeys has been an annual subject of this column. The fall general turkey season has been the target.This year this season runs from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 in Game Management Units 101 through 154 and 162 through 186. These G...

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Deer prospects continued

September 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

Today we backtrack a bit and then continue with the prospects for hunting deer in the Columbia Basin.GMU 290 is a Quality Hunt permit only unit, thus all hunting opportunities are provided through the public draw. Post-hunt ratios have rema...

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