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    And for pigs; don't ever even consider it unless gutted and hung in the coolest place possible and even then be very quick with full recovery and butchering. Cullling sometimes we would hang a skinned hind leg 20-30ft up a shady tree where the outer flesh would dry hard. A week later the meat under that hard dry layer was awesome tender tucker. That hanging height seemed to dodge the blows. There were no wasps in those days though. Was'nt uncommo to enter an empty hut and find a note saying where meat was hung.
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    Thanks all - the numbers have spoken.
    My summary from the posts is...
    Seek and ye shall find, to assist get a thermal monocular or dog.
    If you leave it overnight likely that only back steaks are any good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Tongue in cheek. You know - not taking yourself too seriously.
    Its still millennium, strange sort of talk though, eh. Better suited to war vid games really.
    And have you noticed (you may not have) its all about brands and flash gear too. Come to think of it, Ive never seen a hunting vid that uses all this strange jargon where the hunters wear black singlets and swannies, and use 4x 'scopes.

    Grates an old guy like me no end.
    @Tahr Do you want me to make a video for you mate ? Black singlet and shorts is the norm !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan F View Post
    @Tahr Do you want me to make a video for you mate ? Black singlet and shorts is the norm !
    Don't worry Nathan. Must be a week since he's shot a deer. Its withdrawal symptoms.
    He'll settle down once he's shot something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Have never done it. Hate the thought of it. I know others' do it. When I was meat hunting in the Ruahines often enough I would find them in the dark and then bivy there and carry them out in the morning. I have spent some uncomfortable nights in an old fairy down bivy bag and all of my clothing. But its never longer than 8 hours and you can get going with the carry.

    Leaving them overnight seems to go hand in hand with long range shooting. My approach has always been if I cant retrieve it or get to it that evening I don't shoot it.

    Duleys do it and their vids seem to have normalised it. But I bet they don't kill a house mutton on their farm and then leave it laying outside for 10 hors before they get around to skinning and gutting it.

    And while Im at it, WTF is this YouTube invention called a "blind"? Im guessing its what's always been called a "look out" or "shooting spot". And a "recovery" - jeez - what ever happened to "going to get it". And "checking weapon status"? What happen to "have ya checked ya gun"? And "got my eyes on one". FFS, it was always "there's one" or "I can see one". And people walk "clicks"?? My hip clicks when I walk, but I guess they are actually meaning something else. I dunno. Its whole new YouTube language.
    On these points I’m with you Tahr. Never have I ever killed a house meat(mutton) then left it overnight to skin/process next day…

    Same as veni, it recovered there and then….


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    [QUOTE=Sarvo;1271667]
    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Yes. Always play it safe, especially when on your own. I did that a year ago. Arsed up over a bank in the dark with a pack full wen I should have gone back for the load in the morning. Concussed my-self and dislocated 2 fingers. Putting them back in there and then was an ouch moment. One finger is still pretty buggered. So the co-reltionship between age and wise is a fallacy.

    I have the same prob
    Arsed up and dislocated middle finger
    Put it back in immediately
    But now the joint that was not dislocated is like yours
    Deformed and wont straighten
    Do you know what it is
    It almost read like you put a dislocated finger up yer arse….must be the 4:30 start this morning….


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Tongue in cheek. You know - not taking yourself too seriously.
    Its still millennium, strange sort of talk though, eh. Better suited to war vid games really.
    And have you noticed (you may not have) its all about brands and flash gear too. Come to think of it, Ive never seen a hunting vid that uses all this strange jargon where the hunters wear black singlets and swannies, and use 4x 'scopes.

    Grates an old guy like me no end.
    I"m ex army and feel the same as you and not much younger.
    Sort expect the war stories to start next.
    We are from a different era, some good some bad.
    I think this modern way of looking after the meat is much better, than in my youth.
    To be honest I prefer beef to venison because of the memories of the smell.

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    I have left gutted animal over night to recover the next day...when was a long way from home and expected back...meat was fine and having pack to carry it out was good...have left one deer overnight.shot across gully with 223 at about 200 yards,couldnt get across gorge so climbed up 400 verticle meters onto track then dropped 600 vm to car..came back next day climbed 800vm,dropped back down to animal,back up to ridge and back down to car fair pooped. mid age stag mid winter and it was fine due to cold conditions... in summer down here,if shot in afternoon ,by mid day the following day it would just about be crawling out on its own,if the wasps hadnt carried it away first.Ive seen pig flyblown in 3 hours...some quick butchery and into freezer saved the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    Are you guys talking about leaving overnight not gutted ??

    I shot a Spiker in Thermal at 4am - tried to light into it immediately in gorse and crap
    Gave up quick and thought go back in daylight
    Back barely 90 mins later - found it
    Had foam coming out its arse and mouth
    Actually found it by the stench

    Walked away

    I must be fussy
    But no way would I dress and eat an animal not gutted within a short time

    I plucked plenty of dead sheep when a kid - so its not the smell (not to mention Possum skinned belly black/green)
    Just cant eat something like that
    Prob "mind over matter"
    @Sarvo wow that was quick for it to go off! Must have been hot. Our the round went into the guts.
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    Yep when I come back to NZ one of the first things I’ll be looking into is a small chiller to hang game! Enough space to stand and butcher.
    What do you guys have? I have hung those last two fallow bucks and that Muntjac for 3 days a peace. Cold here at the moment be lucky if we hit double figures. Nighttime minus 3 tops so cooool meat lol. Summer and I have the use of a chiller. The garden shed goes back to the wife

    Here’s some ideas from the uk https://www.thestalkingdirectory.co....chiller.10139/
    That Pepsi drinks chiller looks okay.
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    the drinks chillers are only a box..all the fridge bits sit on top and push cold air down into them...you could change out box for something bigger...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan F View Post
    @Tahr Do you want me to make a video for you mate ? Black singlet and shorts is the norm !
    Yes please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideshow View Post
    @Sarvo wow that was quick for it to go off! Must have been hot. Our the round went into the guts.
    Was actually less than hour and a half
    Yes - very hot night for pre dawn
    No - neck shot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Yes please.
    Ok we are away in a few days.
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    I wouldn’t eat anything left overnight with its guts in. Even in the middle of winter. It’s basically a big compost heap going rotten from the inside out as soon as it hits the ground. Seen a guy try it once after a hard frost and it was still tainted. Foul.
    Go shoot another one, plenty around.
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