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#6031231 - 11/15/15 07:04 PM Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day?
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A friend of mine called me to help him find a deer that he had shot yesterday evening. We found the deer at about 10:00am this morning, 18 hours after it had been shot. It was not gut shot but just ran a long ways before dieing. Temp last night about 55 degrees. He asked me if the meat would be okay. I said "I don't know." He took it to the processor saying that "Every Saturday on TV, bow hunters shoot a deer in the evening and then "Come Back," the next morning to find it." My question. Is the meat okay to eat?
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#6031256 - 11/15/15 07:13 PM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Processor will be able to tell very quickly when he start to process it. It will be very strong tasting at the least if it is still good.
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#6031283 - 11/15/15 07:23 PM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Mr. T.]
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I will not eat a deer that's been laying out for 24 hours.
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#6031354 - 11/15/15 07:45 PM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Mr. T.]
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So 18 hours is okay?

I have kept deer when it got down into the 40s, but 55 degrees I would not. I would not be happy about it at all. But it scares me to think that it might make someone sick. It is way to easy to get a deer in Texas to chance it. IMO
If it was a buck keep your cape or your skull, and go shoot another deer for meat.
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#6031359 - 11/15/15 07:46 PM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Mr. T.]
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55 isn't very cold and 18 hours is an awfully long time for the guts to be in it. I don't think I would eat it.
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#6031369 - 11/15/15 07:50 PM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Mr. T.]
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18 hrs is a long time, but did that deer die right away or 12 or more hrs later? The processors will know right away if the deer was still okay to eat.
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#6031380 - 11/15/15 07:54 PM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Mr. T.]
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With a clean shot that meat is just fine.... Id be havin straps for dinner
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#6031686 - 11/15/15 09:54 PM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
18 hrs is a long time, but did that deer die right away or 12 or more hrs later? The processors will know right away if the deer was still okay to eat.


Very true, processor will be able to tell you quickly. I think that is a bit long at that temp.

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#6031867 - 11/16/15 06:13 AM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Shade or sun makes a difference too. If the deer was in the shade, you gotta chance. If the deer was in the sun I'm sayin no way I'd eat it. I agree the processor will know.
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#6031885 - 11/16/15 06:37 AM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Nope. Doubt it. Sorry.
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#6031983 - 11/16/15 07:53 AM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Would not even try.

No.
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#6031999 - 11/16/15 08:02 AM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Mr. T.]
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If you left your sammich out there would you eat it the next day?
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#6032052 - 11/16/15 08:25 AM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Mr. T.]
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I have done this before on a bow kill doe and the meat was fine. It was early October and I believe the temps where in the 50's overnight. Let the processor decide; however, I processed mine myself at the time.
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#6032059 - 11/16/15 08:28 AM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Mr. T.]
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I've ate Texas roadkill deer more than once and here I am...

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#6032087 - 11/16/15 08:39 AM Re: Shot a deer one day, found it the next. Is the meat any good the next day? [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
With a clean shot that meat is just fine.... Id be havin straps for dinner


Clean shot a bled out good, no problem.
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