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Deer processors - How do you know the meat is yours? #6004527 11/01/15 03:39 PM
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Had a friend tell me that an employee of a very popular deer processor in this area tell him that when you drop off a deer, you will eventually be given back equal weight in venison, which may or may not be meat from your deer.

Granted, there's no way to know for sure, given all the deer that processors work with during the season.

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Re: Deer processors - How do you know the meat is yours? [Re: Texas Dan] #6004560 11/01/15 03:57 PM
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Not mine. I have known him for 30+ years and the deer I take in, is the deer I get back.


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Re: Deer processors - How do you know the meat is yours? [Re: Texas Dan] #6004567 11/01/15 04:02 PM
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That's one of the reasons why I do my own processing... I would imagine that steaks probably come from your deer, and burger and sausage are done in batches and divided up based on the weight contributed from each person.

In fairness, there is usually filler meat (mostly pork and fat) added to burger and sausage, so it's not like those products are made from just your deer anyway...

Re: Deer processors - How do you know the meat is yours? [Re: Texas Dan] #6004634 11/01/15 04:45 PM
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Depends on the processor, just ask. You will pay more and have higher minimum orders when you choose a place that guarantees you get your meat back.

Re: Deer processors - How do you know the meat is yours? [Re: Texas Dan] #6004672 11/01/15 05:05 PM
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I would he's 100% correct with 95% of processors.

Re: Deer processors - How do you know the meat is yours? [Re: Texas Dan] #6004689 11/01/15 05:15 PM
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Kenny Freds in Bluff dale calls to tell you when your deer is on the chopping block. You get YOUR deer back.


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Re: Deer processors - How do you know the meat is yours? [Re: Texas Dan] #6004712 11/01/15 05:27 PM
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I went into a process in San Saba once to get the meat from my 2 bucks. They could not find them so the guy said to another employee, just go get two boxes that have 75lbs in them. I said no I wanted my meat as I took very good care of it when field dressing, washing it out, and getting it to the process with in 30 minutes of the kill. He looked at me with a straight face and said, "we must have accidentally given your meat to someone else. Yea, right, just like they were right now accidentally giving me someone else's meat. Never used them again.
STX, where is the processor located that you use?


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Originally Posted By: texashelms
I would he's 100% correct with 95% of processors.


And I would not be surprised if 95% of the deer hunters who read your comment were not aware of the practice.


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That's why I process my own. food That, and there's something incredibly satisfying about taking part of the entire process, from scouting to harvesting to processing to cooking.

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I used BlueBonnett Meats, Trenton TX. They keep the meat separate in separate containers, and clean between deer. Very good people and service. College degrees in Meat Technology, Food processing. Meticulous.

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Originally Posted By: chicklitter
That's why I process my own. food That, and there's something incredibly satisfying about taking part of the entire process, from scouting to harvesting to processing to cooking.


Exactly.
We started processing ours when we discovered that all of the local shops "pool" the whitetails.


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Re: Deer processors - How do you know the meat is yours? [Re: Texas Dan] #6005420 11/02/15 12:57 AM
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Processing my own this year.

Doesn't look to hard. gonna be making 25lbs of sausage, steaks, some breakfast sausage and the rest hamburger meat. Maybe some summer sausage.

Gonna be pretty cool making different types of sausages

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Does the processor also sell sausage and jerky in the off season? Where do you think that meat came from?
Taught friends how to do there own meat after they came back with 1 small box of 20 lbs from a complete deer. The next one I did and they had 4 boxes of meat. That taught them a lesson.

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You can tell a lot by the check in process. If they tag the carcass with a number without weighing the deer you are probably getting your deer back. If they weigh it then chances are you are just getting a percentage of your weight back.

Its not always the case but I have found it to be true way more times than not.

Re: Deer processors - How do you know the meat is yours? [Re: Texas Dan] #6005682 11/02/15 02:50 AM
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" how do you know. . . ."

you don't unless you're well acquainted with
the processor like some here are.
it's best to learn how to cut it up yourself.
a couple of good forschner boning knives and
a butcher knife, and a good grinder with a
couple of different plates and stuffing tubes
will last you pretty much as long as you hunt
if given minimal care.

it's better to me to do up my own than getting someone's gutshot
stinkmess that had the hide and glands on all daybarf barf barf

Re: Deer processors - How do you know the meat is yours? [Re: Texas Dan] #6005817 11/02/15 04:36 AM
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Process my own. Its very satisfiying and to me part of the whole experience. Year before last we did 3 whitetails in the kitchen few months before that we did a cow elk. The cow elk was two weekends non stop work.

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I usually butcher my own, though I don't make sausages or burgers with it.

Mostly stew and tamales.

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I bet I know exactly which place you are talking about texas dan. I hunted on a lease very close to it for years and all the locals always talked about them doing this but I always had a place I liked anyway so I never took anything there.

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