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Hanging deer in this weather

Got a doe this morning at 715. Got her home skinned and cleaned. I would like to let it hang for a few days but with the Temps getting to the mid 50s not sure if that is a good idea. I was thinking if I opened the windows at night and had a fan blowing the cold air into the garage(closing around 6am) that it would keep the temperature hopefully below 50 during the day. What's your thoughts?????

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Re: Hanging deer in this weather

I wouldn't...

Quarter and put in cooler with ice or in fridge. Otherwise, I would butcher right away.

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Re: Hanging deer in this weather

should be fine for a few days,as long as it's inside,out of the direct sunlight.

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Re: Hanging deer in this weather

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should be fine for a few days,as long as it's inside,out of the direct sunlight.

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Re: Hanging deer in this weather

anything over 40 degrees is a recipe for spoilage
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Re: Hanging deer in this weather

I am letting my son's hang till morning then quartering and putting in the cooler.

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Re: Hanging deer in this weather

agree w hunter477. out of direct sunlight and w/ 30-50 averaging out to 40...just fine. done it a few times and no probs.

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Re: Hanging deer in this weather

Be prepared to wash the maggots off it...way to warm to hang inside or out. Coolers or fridge.
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I would not mess with it. Butcher now
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Re: Hanging deer in this weather

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should be fine for a few days,as long as it's inside,out of the direct sunlight.

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That's what I'll say, too, but there are a few keys to making sure the meat doesn't spoil.

1. Do not let flys land on it -- that should not be difficult this time of year, but if you have flys then cover the meat.
2. Let the surface of the meat dry. This will seal it and keep the interior of the muscles from being exposed to bacteria.
3. Do not try to wash it. If it gets wet, surface bacteria will suddenly thrive and you'll lose the meat. If there's dirt and hair on it, wait until you cut it up and trim all that away.
4. Do not cut it off the bone in warm weather. You will introduce bacteria with every cut.
5. When you butcher it, do not try to save any bloodshot meat. That's where it will spoil first.
6. If you grind any of it, do it quickly after butching, and freeze it or process it right away. Ground meat will spoil much faster than whole muscles.

This is also my experience with deer, and I have been cutting up my own deer since 19-never-mind. I have never had one spoil. Also, my brother and I each shot a moose in Alaska one year on Labor Day, and the daytime temperatures reached 50 degrees. By the time we flew out on Saturday, drove 8 hours to Anchorage on Sunday, and cut the meat up Monday and Tuesday in a friend's garage, it was still good despite the warm weather.

For more guidance you can probably find a chart recommending temperatures relating to time. Any chart you find will probably be commercial recommendations, which will be on the conservative side. Finally, if it stinks, take no chances. Throw it away.

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