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#5471641 - 12/11/14 03:01 PM Deer Organ Identification
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What is the organ that is roughly the size and shape of the liver but has a softer texture than the liver?
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#5471666 - 12/11/14 03:12 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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one of the stomachs?
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#5471728 - 12/11/14 03:45 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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I should have taken a picture! I had to take a neck shot on this one so no organs were damaged -- which is rare for me since I believe in the lung shot. I was thinking maybe pancreas or spleen. I thought all the stomachs were "together" in some sense. I did see something about the size of a walnut which I believe was the gall bladder. First time I noticed that one. But usually, I'm gutting in the freezing cold and just want to get done. This morning, in the Hill Country it was in the 60s, so I took my time.
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#5471734 - 12/11/14 03:51 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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Above or below the diaphragm?
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#5471755 - 12/11/14 04:02 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: don k]
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Wouldn't be pancreas. The spleen can enlarge and get really big, so that's a possibility. Was the organ dark in color, similar to the liver?
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#5471758 - 12/11/14 04:03 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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It seems to me it was about even with the liver. I've noticed this organ before and thought "Wow the liver is huge!". It was only today that I noticed the difference in *texture* between it and the liver. Liver=hard, this organ = spongy.
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#5471783 - 12/11/14 04:19 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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I'm betting spleen. Now, the liver is lobular, and some lobes can look more detached than other lobes. But all the lobes are joined as one at the base, and they're all the same color and texture.

Gotta be spleen. Or maybe a tumor????
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#5471813 - 12/11/14 04:38 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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Not a tumor, unless several deer I've killed have tumors!
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#5471831 - 12/11/14 04:53 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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Originally Posted By: postoak
Not a tumor, unless several deer I've killed have tumors!


Yeah. I should have read the post more carefully.
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#5471919 - 12/11/14 05:51 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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Sounds more like the pancreas. The pancreas is larger than the spleen and located below the liver behind the stomach. The spleen is smaller and located beside the liver.

It still would be smaller than the liver. The only organ similar in size to the liver in the abdominal cavity would be the stomach.


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#5471932 - 12/11/14 05:58 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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Its the spleen

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#5472368 - 12/11/14 10:10 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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The spleen in a human is only about 3-5 inches long. Maybe deer have abnormally large spleens I've never really noticed.

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#5472422 - 12/11/14 10:46 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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Well im going to guess it was the caecum. Its soft but "squishy" as well. Located fairly close to the liver and about the same size. Just my guess.

I do not think it would have been one of the chambers of the stomach though.

Take a look at this and see if its one of these...
http://wmrcp.blogspot.com/2011/03/what-killed-this-white-tailed-deer-part_10.html

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#5472923 - 12/12/14 10:08 AM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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If you're sure it's not part of the liver itself it's probably the Pancreas.
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#5474545 - 12/13/14 01:31 PM Re: Deer Organ Identification [Re: postoak]
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Okay, I got a little buck this morning and took some photos which I will try to get posted on Monday, when I'm home -- but I did get another look.

There is something large, almost the size of the liver, two lobed, spongy, compared to the liver, and lighter colored. There is also a smaller organ that I had to cut loose from either the stomach wall, or the intestinal wall. It is about 5" across, and the depth dimension is only maybe 3/4" max., tapering to a thin edge, it's roughly circular. It is about the same color and consistency as the larger organ -- both much spongier than the firm liver.

Tentatively, I'm going to say the larger of these two is the pancreas and the smaller one the spleen. Does that sound about right?
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