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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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hanging deer - below freezing

I got a doe in ohio last night (1-22). It was a "real feel" temp of -6 when i shot her with the bow. She is skinned and hanging in a garage. The temp in the garage is about 29*.

Does anything change with hanging a deer in these temperatures? How long should i let her hang, etc?

Thanks for the advice in advance.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 12:46 PM
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Re: hanging deer - below freezing

Just freeze that's all. Runs through grinder better semi froze! You'll just have to that to cut up!

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Re: hanging deer - below freezing

You took care of the only part that has ever given me trouble. Skinning a frozen deer can be tough on the fingers. The meat will be a little stiff on the outside but shouldn't be much of a problem to debone.

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Re: hanging deer - below freezing

You should get it done soon as possible. You could theoretically let hang until the temps get above freezeing.
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Re: hanging deer - below freezing

i guess im just concerned about possibly freezer burn?
She's got a good layer of fat on her, so that should help protect the meat i would guess.

Maybe i will cut her up friday
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Re: hanging deer - below freezing

You can remove the tenderloins but I would leave it hang as long as the temps stay cool.The longer the better.
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Re: hanging deer - below freezing

hmm good point about the tenderloins.
Will the extra cold temps damage them?
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Re: hanging deer - below freezing

It is hard to cut a deer that is frozen solid. It will freeze solid in these temps in less than 2 days. Cut it as soon as possible if not already frozen. If it has froze you don't want to thaw it out to cut it.
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Try to keep it from freezing completely, you want to to cool, not freeze up.

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Re: hanging deer - below freezing

Won,t hurt it a bit.Just as soon as the temps warm you can do it up.The standard in the beef industry is to hang the beef in a cooler below freezing for two weeks before cuttin up.No it won,t hurt the t/loins but they will darken if left to long.They are so tender they don,t need a lenghy hangin process like the rest of the deer can benefit from.
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