Sunday, November 29, 2015

Bring In the Buck, Boys

Fair warning: Dead deer photos ahead.

This is the second weekend of rifle season for deer, and A. was on the hunt for a buck. He got a doe last weekend, which has already been made into one roasted haunch for Thanksgiving dinner, plus two gallons of chili and two gallons of stock for the freezer.

His other tag was for a buck, which of course are less common than does and therefore that much more exciting to hunt. He's been out every day for the past four without even spotting a buck. But this morning, he went out, hiked to the neighbor's gully, and shot a buck within ten minutes.

And then he had to get it home.

He dragged it down the gully until he got just across from our house, then he dragged it up the gully bank and we brought him the utility sled to get it the rest of the way home. Cubby and Charlie had just returned from their church outing with the MiL. Good thing they were there to help.

I'm sure A. never would have gotten it home without them pushing at the rear.

Once it was on our lawn, A. drove the Subaru to the sled and hooked the sled to the trailer hitch to tow it the rest of the way.

Dashing through the mud, in a one-buck open sleigh . . .

Jack was there, though his contribution was negligible.

Deeply skeptical of this whole proceeding.

He did get a close-up look at the antlers, though.

Blackrock baby and a buck.

The buck has been hung in a tree, thoroughly cleaned, and washed out with the hose. It is even now dripping onto the lawn, awaiting butchering next weekend.

You just never do know what a Sunday afternoon will bring at Blackrock.


Anonymous said...

Won't the meat spoil if it hangs outside for a week? (Question from someone who doesn't hunt. That's probably obvious. But, how will I learn if I don't ask?)

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Anonymous: Not at all obvious. That's what I thought at first, too. But hanging meat--that is, hanging it up before it's skinned and cut up--is how it's aged. That aged beef you see hyped? That's just hung up before butchering. The hanging basically starts a process of slight decomposition that tenderizes the meat as it breaks down, and also improves the flavor. It won't spoil because the weather is cool enough right now. In the past, A. has held off on hunting if we see that the weather will be too warm for hanging meat. It's best if it stays around 40 degrees, though if it gets warmer during the day, it's okay if it's been cold enough at night to cool the meat sufficiently.

If it gets unseasonably warm, we just butcher it sooner.