M813 wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:01 pm
woodsghost wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:37 am
Those deer are storing your tomatoes and keeping them fresh in the form of "meat that you can harvest later"
Good point. I do plan on hunting for deer for the first time, this season. (Don't worry, I'll have adult supervision.)
I have lots of firearms experience from a military perspective, but not hunting.
I have no moral issues with hunting for sustenance but I am nervous about having the intestinal fortitude to field dress a deer. I know I have to do it but the biggest animal I've ever gutted was a fish.
Work on squirrels and rabbits first. My first 10(+?) critters I made a mess of. Only after watching a lot of videos and working with friends to do up a lot of larger critters do I think I'm starting to get a handle on things. But I was able to butcher smaller critters more easily. There is less mess. There is less difficulty. There are fewer tools needed.
I wear nitrile exam gloves and that helps a LOT! Nitrile is pretty tough, so working around fragmented bones is less of a big deal, and it keeps most of the mess off your hands. If it is warm and your critter still has ticks (or fleas), I prefer a barrier. I've only encountered ticks so far.
I really didn't know what I was doing on my first 5 mammals. Other than "get them open and get some meat" I was flying blind. All I had were some survival manuals to work off of and no further guidance. The manuals were only "barely" helpful. But I got the job done and I strongly recommend working with small critters before going on to big ones.
Quick story: friends got their first tags. They go out to the fields of Des Moines, they shoot a deer. They boldly stride up to it. One looks at the deer...the other looks at the deer....the third looks at his toes....
"Anybody know what to do next?"
"Hey, my fiancee is a veterinary student."
"Give her a call! Tell her to bring a knife!"
She shows up.
"You know what to do?"
"No, they didn't have a class on this."
She field dresses the deer with a 2 inch folding knife while the guys watch YouTube videos and give her instructions in the field.
She still married him.
Point? Sometimes your first is a real mess. But it gets easier with practice.
*Remember: I'm just a guy on the internet
*Don't go to stupid places with stupid people & do stupid things.
*Be courteous. Look normal. Be in bed by 10'clock.
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” -Bilbo Baggins.