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#6215011 - 03/08/16 06:44 PM Deer Processing to Avoid
Cajun Raider Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 07/23/11
Posts: 475
Loc: Texas
Beware of Junior's on Hwy 59 north of El Camo. Vinison returned to us was very old. Worst experience with a Processor in 30 years of hunting and dealing with Game Processors.

#6215971 - 03/09/16 11:04 AM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Cajun Raider]
Flags Offline

Registered: 11/20/14
Posts: 182
Loc: Athens, TX
Learn to process your own game. It isn't hard to do and it is the only way you can ensure everything is up to your standards. I've never understood why so many hunters choose to pay someone else to process their meat. I can cut, wrap, trim, grind and vacuum package a full deer in less than 2 hrs.

#6216028 - 03/09/16 11:31 AM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Cajun Raider]
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Extreme Tracker

Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 3698
Loc: texas
Give praseks a try up
Originally Posted By: Roll-Tide
Any ideas how to make it hard?

#6216156 - 03/09/16 12:38 PM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Cajun Raider]
corkys son Offline

Registered: 05/31/14
Posts: 69
Praceks is hard to beat

#6216400 - 03/09/16 02:50 PM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Cajun Raider]
BOONER Offline
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Registered: 10/26/09
Posts: 4994
Loc: Brownwood,Tx
Avoid all of them if you want good tasting meat every time!

#6216803 - 03/09/16 06:37 PM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: BOONER]
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Registered: 01/22/11
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Loc: Fairfield, TX
Originally Posted By: BOONER
Avoid all of them if you want good tasting meat every time!

We only do our own....went together and bought a meat grinder, sausage stuffer, and ban saw....only way to go.....
Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Now that food has replaced sex in my life, I can't even get into my own pants.

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#6217132 - 03/09/16 10:06 PM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Cajun Raider]
Woodrow1 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/27/15
Posts: 39
Did my own last season.

Didn't take long

Made cheddar and jalapeño sausage. Was great.

#6217347 - 03/10/16 07:18 AM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Cajun Raider]
RafterH Offline
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Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 391
Loc: Wichita Falls
Have done it myself for longer than I can remember. Get the cuts and grinds you prefer and adds to the satisfaction of the hunt.

#6218751 - 03/10/16 09:29 PM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Cajun Raider]
Tophers Offline

Registered: 09/03/14
Posts: 114
Doing it yourself is hard but worth it.

#6219161 - 03/11/16 08:59 AM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Cajun Raider]
Westtexan1 Offline

Registered: 11/30/13
Posts: 92
Will never take another deer to processor if for no other reason cost. Cost me over $200 to get a 55 lb dressed doe turned in sausage of various types. The sausage is not great and very gamey. Rather have donated it and bought $200 worth of ribeyes.

#6225994 - 03/16/16 07:34 PM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Westtexan1]
eyeball2 Offline

Registered: 03/31/09
Posts: 6
Westtexan, Yeah, i wonder who got your deer. BTDT. Gut at kill site, cool, skin, quarter, put on ice in shade 4-8 days, freeze shoulders for roasts, cut backstraps in half and freeze, debone hams seperating muscles and package to freeze in meal sized portions, freeze tenderloins or cook them then, save scraps for stew or sausage. Freeze neck to pressure later for stew or chili.

When ready to eat, thaw and grill or slice and chicken fry. Ive done my deer for 55 years to keep marrow from bone getting on meat.

In late season if weather is cold i may let a deer hang in the shade a week to age before skinning and then bone,package and freeze.

Had a big one once i skinned from shoulders back and took back straps. Took it to butcher to get rest done and cape for mount. When i went to pick it up my box of meat had backstraps. I said no. They swore they never switch deer. BS.

Edited by eyeball2 (03/16/16 07:36 PM)

#6226794 - 03/17/16 12:17 PM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Cajun Raider]
StretchR Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 309
Loc: Hutto, TX (Williamson Co)
I got mostly ripped by forum members late last year when I started a thread about a processor that somehow turned the hams and shoulders from a 180-200 pound buck into only 39 pounds of ground. I kept almost 16 pounds of backstrap at home from the same deer. For comparison, about a 90-pound doe yielded 29 pounds of ground. She had only about 7 pounds of backstrap that did not go to the processor. I would have expected at least 60 pounds from the buck... but if you use the direct comparison of backstrap to other yield, I should have had closer to 80 pounds from the buck.

Your mileage may vary, so take your own chances but I won't be using Prairie Dell in Salado again. When I asked about the error and how a much larger buck didn't yield much more than a doe, the processor just got a little bit mad and said, "you got your deer, all of it." The game processing record sheet they kept was a mess and basically meaningless. It showed that I should have had 20 pounds more meat than they delivered. The processor explained that as a clerical error.

Yes, I know that I can be certain if I processes it myself, but at the particular time I wasn't able to do so because of my health. You can bet that I will do my best to process future kills myself, or at worst I will be certain that I have pre-processing weights.

#6227536 - 03/17/16 09:42 PM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Cajun Raider]
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Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 24296
Cut the bs , give the rest away

#6228929 - 03/18/16 10:23 PM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Cajun Raider]
Tuco63 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/02/15
Posts: 10
I tried Hirsch's in Plano - I'm sure they gave me all my meat back but I won't use them again. Sausage was dry - good seasoning but minimal fat added. Steaks were cut in a haphazard way. It seemed that they just didn't care how it turned out.

Kuby's is awesome. I last used them in 2013 and will go back to them this year. In 2013 I took an 80 lb doe, a 165 lb buck, and a 200 lb buck to them (all field dressed weights). The backstraps on these three deer were all very, very different in size. What I got back from Kuby's was what I expected. There's no way they mixed my deer with others - hell I could tell from the backstrap diameter which deer I was eating smile I suspect the sausage and/or ground venison may be community but the backstrap isn't.

For those that do their own, that's great but it doesn't work for everyone. It's easier for me to have someone else do it. I don't mind paying for quality processing.

#6228969 - 03/18/16 11:06 PM Re: Deer Processing to Avoid [Re: Cajun Raider]
Tactical Cowboy Offline
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 2786
Loc: Abilene
Process your own. If you can't cut your own deer, you don't need to be shooting deer.
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