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    9F, 6C
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    Marlin M512 / Ruger M77 30/06 / Marlin 336BL / TC Omega 50 cal / Ithaca 37 16 ga / Remington 870 12 ga
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  1. I drag the deer to a clear level spot, and start with the butt-out. Next, cut thru shallow from rear to sternum taking care not to puncture the gut(s). Pull out all the stuff behind the diaphram, saving the liver in a gallon zip lock bag if it is a younger deer, along with the nuts. Next, I cut thru the pelvis with a Gerber folding saw, and make double sure the pis-sack and all that stuff is cleared out. Next, cut out the diaphram, remove lungs and save heart in zip-lock bag. Use that fresh blood from forward of the diaphram (there is always plenty there) to rinse the inside of the back part, especially the tenderloins. Those get eaten fast (usually for lunch, along with the oysters that day - see photo) so I go to extremes to make sure they are not tainted with any piss, crap, or gut-juice. A fresh blood rinse does the job perfectly every time and any place.
  2. A 4 year clover one year corn rotation works well for food-plotters. One of the biggest advantages of getting that "free" N from "fixation", is that it does not acidify the soil like heavy urea application does. I will have to look into getting some of that stuff for this spring's crop. I never add urea anyhow, thanks to following that clover rotation. My ground has never needed lime for that reason. Maybe, using that stuff, I can drop starter fertilizer (15-15-15) at planting down from 50 pounds/acre to 25 pounds or so. If I can get the Envita for free, that will greatly reduce my input costs (fertilizer is usually my biggest expense), and really help out on the venison cost per pound. I wonder if it was legal in NY last season ? If so, I will have to talk to some friends and see if they have any "leftovers". It is all about "more for less", and "free is always good".
  3. Good stuff indeed. I am glad to see that we ain't the only ones who prefer to "live off wild animals" rather that get "store-bought meat from cooped up livestock". I could not have said that better myself. I see young Nils-Elmer is eyeballing those big moose oysters in one of the photos. Hopefully, they used lots of pepper when frying them up.
  4. Tacks left a butt-out by one a few years ago.
  5. In all the excitement after killing a nice deer, I have lost several items, including a nice Shrade sharp-finger knife and the Barnett rope-pulley cocking device for my crossbow. The two T-handles that I made to replace than work a lot better than the original device (I might even be able to reload fast enough with them to get off a second bolt if it was ever necessary). I still miss that knife though.
  6. Young and dumb is another possibility: That reminds me of something I did on my first year deer hunting, when I was 16. I had made a climbing tree stand in metal-shop at school that year. I was carrying it by a strap on my right shoulder and I had my grandad's Ithaca 16 gauge shotgun in my left hand, as I was walking through the woods (not on a trail), about an hour before sunrise on opening day. Not knowing exactly where I was, in the big woods across the street, I stopped and leaned the gun against a tree. I took the compass and flashlight out of my pocket, to get my bearings. I then continued off in the westerly direction, reaching the far edge of the woods, and crossing an overgrown field to a hedgerow on the opposite side. When I got to the tree I wanted to climb, I realized that I did not have my gun. It was still a half hour before sunrise and quite dark. I attached the stand to the tree and back-tracked to try and find my gun. Somehow, I was able to walk almost directly to it, despite the darkness and having no clear trail. It was a bit after sunrise, when I finally got up in that tree. A large buck showed up about an hour later. I think I missed him clean at 40 yards. It was my first sighting of a deer while hunting, and I think "buck-fever" prevented me from bringing up the rear sight properly. I imagine that my shot went over his back. During the off-season, I mounted a Weaver 1.5X scope on that gun. That corrected the "sight-picture" issue, and I have not missed a deer with that gun over the next 37 seasons. I am very thankful that I found it that day long ago and that it did not end up like that old Winchester. Dozens of whitetails likely think otherwise however.
  7. In 2018, I killed a large buck from a stand on the edge of a swamp. It was my second encounter with him. The first time I saw him was much deeper in the swamp. He busted me there, on the last weekend of archery season from about 20 yards away, and I was unable to get a shot at him. I was able to get a very good look at his big 8-point rack, with 11" G2's. As he walked away, I carefully noted where he disappeared. I then removed the hang-on stand from the tree where he had seen me. I moved it to the area where he disappeared, at the edge. On opening day morning of gun season, true to plan, I heard him sloshing thru the partially frozen water about a half hour after sunrise. He stopped in an opening and I was able to put him down there, with a 100 yard shot from my 12 gauge slug gun. Getting that 200 plus pound carcass (182 pounds field-dressed) out of the swamp was a pain. I called my brother, and he brought a big plastic sled which we used to "float" him out. Fortunately, I was saved the expense of a shoulder mount, because the buck had busted a couple of his points off during the prior week, making him a good candidate for a "free" power-washer euro mount. That swamp holds a lot of deer and I killed a mature doe from the same stand on opening day last season. She was a little closer, and out of the water, so I did not have to get my feet wet like I did with the buck the year before. I imagine that will be my opening day stand until it fails to produce some year. The edge of the swamp is a good place to be on that day. I may need to invest in some taller boots. In my case, I am not able to hunt the back side of the swamp with a firearm because it is too close to some buildings on the next road (less than 500 feet). The front edge is my only option during gun season. I will probably put a hang-on back up on that island, near the back side, just for archery season. High boots will definitely be required to get to it, on anything other than a drought year. A bonus of that island, is that that it is loaded with white oak trees, making it a prime food source.
  8. My thoughts exactly. Clearly, the inventor is really into it and thinks he has something there. The talk about "to the nearest thousandth of an inch" was comical. I can do a euro myself, with a power washer, in under an hour for the cost of a gallon of gas. A nice feature of a euro, is that you keep the "real" skull, something you don't get to do with a $ 650 shoulder mount. A nice thing about the shoulder mount, is you get to keep the "real" cape. With those rubbery-looking "mancave" specials, you lose both the skull and the cape plus about half the cash that you might spend on a cheaper shoulder mount. My advice to those concerned with saving some money on mounts, would be to get to know a taxidermist or two. Offer to trade your fresh, raw cape, for one they might have from another customer who was not completely satisfied with their tanned one on a form. Most of those just end up in the dumpster anyhow, and those guys are always looking for fresh capes to satisfy fussy folks. Sure you will loose your skull, but at least you will have real deer hair, rather than rubber, and not be out any cash.
  9. I am about 1/4 of the way thru "Chesty, The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC" by LtCol Jon T. Hoffman, USMCR.
  10. No Joke. I will never leave them in the gut pile again. After you learn how to properly prepare them, they are very good. I will also try and save at least (1) liver from a mature deer (that means 1.5 year plus for me) each season from now on. I use to only carry a couple of 1 quart zip-lock bags in my pack, which easily hold the heart and nuts, but now I will carry a gallon bag for the livers. Like I have said repeatedly, the only thing holding folks back, is not having the balls.
  11. The problem is, most folks don't have the balls to give them a try.
  12. One of the keys to getting essential vitamins from meat is to not overcook it. Liver is particularly high in vitamin content (even vitamin C). I don't eat it quite raw, but pretty close, especially when it is from a button-buck. I had not saved the liver from a deer more than 6 months old for a long time, until last fall. I saved the one out of my 3.5 year old buck and it was surprisingly good. I still have 1/3 of that one in the freezer, maybe I will fry it up rare next weekend. The key to making it tender, was keeping the raw liver in the fridge for a week before freezing. That tenderizes it by getting it past the rigor mortis stage, which is never an issue with 6 month old livers. As far as the nuts go, it is all about the black pepper. Add enough of that, and they taste similar, but better than oysters from the sea. I got to thank Steve Rinella for that trick. Forget about the butter though. Olive oil works just as good for frying them up and is healthier for you. If you decide to give them a try, don't forget to make a slit through the outer membrane prior to frying, or they will explode in the pan making a big mess.
  13. Well as long as the whitetails are eating some grain, fruits, and vegetables, I guess I am getting some of that indirectly. I believe I could get along just fine on such a straight-meat diet, much like the Inuit have been doing for centuries on reindeer.
  14. 1.5 is "middle-aged" in NY. .5's are the best eating though. Fortunately, I am due for one of those this year (killing them has been an every other year thing for me over the past (38) seasons). I think we just finished the last vacuum- sealed roast from the record-sized bb that I killed in 2018. I can't tell the difference in taste between 1.5's and 3.5's. I only target 1.5's after the mid-point of the seasons. They are definitely tastier than unfilled tags. Exactly how much risk is there in hitting a 1 ft diameter kill zone from 50 yards, with a rifle that holds a 1" group at 100 yards ? Did they teach math at your school, or maybe you have forgotten it ? I hunt for meat, not for sport, and I would never want to be known as "a sportsman", so thanks for the compliment.
  15. That was the best possible move in that particular situation (scoped 30/06 rifle, perfectly still deer, 50 yards away, no wind, good rest). Thanks for bringing up what might be the best shot that I ever made on a deer. This delicious Adirondack buck died instantly, guts came out as clean as a whistle, and meat loss was limited to a small neck roast. It is like the gift that keeps on giving, thanks to a few of you fellas.