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  • Why is it that it gets so much colder right after the sun comes up? Post daybreak, pre-sunshine has got to be 10* colder than that before daybreak.
    No lie.
    Yet to kill a deer. I have, however, procured a deer hide from my BIL (who is actually good at hunting) but he left it in the back of his truck for a couple days before I got it. My first tanning experience and I start out by breaking rule #1; which is freeze immediately if you don't salt immediately.
    I had the best weekend. The wifey and I took #1 to the Alabama-Western Carolina game. Got free tickets, got a parking pass for the parking deck about 2 blocks from the stadium (beats a mile walk!) and watched Bama whoop up on 'em. #1 had a great time and so did we. That's the first game I've been to in probably 10 years (I usually get anxious in big crowds but this wasn't a packed-stadium so it was OK). We even put our name on the waiting list for season tickets.
    So after a whole day of driving down, watching the game, driving back I went to bed early...and missed the football carnage of K-State and Oregon losing.
    I've been spending a lot of time repainting and cleaning our rental house to prepare for selling, it's almost done and looks almost as good as when I bought it 3 years ago.
    Tonight I will smoke my second batch of bacon. The first batch was a failure. I washed the salt off really well but didn't soak it in water to de-salt it more so it was completely inedible due to salt content. It tasted good, you just needed a gallon of water to wash it down.
    I may have a profound thought later, it feels like one of those days.
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    • Friends and Neighbors,

      We set aside one day a year to come together with our fellow homo sapiens in the name of thankfulness. On Thanksgiving Eve I am fretting over things that are going on in my life, please let me break it down for you: I'm taking PAID VACATION from my JOB this afternoon so that I can go to MY HOME and prepare a big fat TURKEY for tomorrow, then spend my afternoon exercising my SECOND AMENDMENT right by hunting. I hope not to EAT TOO MUCH tomorrow when my family comes together for fellowship and communion with GOD while watching football on our TV and bemoaning the state of the economy in the GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH. Oh woe is me with my first world problems.
      And why is Thanksgiving one day a year? We should, literally, call it Bitch and Moan Day and be thankful for all of our blessings on the other 364.242 days. One day to whine and complain about why you have a college degree but don't make X amount of money per year. Cry about those last 5 lbs that you just can't seem to lose. Oh cruel world, why can't I can't high speed internet where I live? Chicken and dressing Grandma? Macaroni salad? You know I eat primal! Oh the humanity!
      Do you think people 100 years ago whined as much as we do? I'm shaming each of you (myself included) into a positive attitude until Friday morning. We must all be happy go lucky, smiling, and carefree. I want people to look at us and think we have a goofy smile on our faces. You all better be darn well thankful on this Thanksgiving Day.
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      • I'm thankful for that post. Oh, and football. Mostly football.

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        • Football, ah yes.
          I had an awesome Thanksgiving. I killed a deer too! Woohoo! A great big fat doe that is currently at the processor being magically made into sausage, tendorloin, roast, and ground deer meat. With the hide saved of course so I can make a loin cloth out of it.
          Off today, I'll be back Monday.
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          • Congrats on bagging the deer. Very nice. I am sure all the ladies are waiting for the loin cloth pictures.

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            • Thanks. I was pretty fortunate on the shot placement, I was going for a lung shot so as to not mess up the shoulder but got a little carried away and hit below the ribs, essentially a gut shot. It clipped her spine and major arteries though and she died within 15 seconds. I'm too tender hearted to try to be fancy with a lung shot again because that shot placement could have turned ugly. I wish I would have weighed it because it was a pretty doggone big deer. I hope to get it from the processor today and maybe I'll weigh the meat to at least get an idea. Loin cloth pictures are probably best shared with just the missus.
              To keep this post from getting too detailed I'll say that it's been awhile since I've had to field dress something as big as a deer. It's a very primitive feeling, one like "Boy, I really don't want to do this but I have to" kind of feeling. It's gross, but not at the same time. It's life at it's most basic. Now that I have some meat in the freezer, I can be a little more picky about what I kill. I saw trail camera pictures yesterday of a 7 point and an 8 point that haven't been killed this year. The biggest buck I've killed was a 6 point and it wasn't very big, so a big 8 point would be awesome.

              In other news: I've started back do a Starting Strength workout. I almost upped my whole milk intake to a gallon a day like recommended (usually 2-3 qts.). I've gained 16 lbs and my working set on squats have went up 85 lbs and I have been adding 5 lbs every workout, sometimes 10 lbs. I have no idea what my long term goals are, but I would like to stay at about 185 lbs.

              Oh, and batch 2 of bacon is freaking awesome.
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              • For the uninitiated with hunting: what do these "# points" mean?
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                • Points are the numbers of tips on the antlers. Typically, the number of points go up every year but are really correlated with the diet of the deer. A buck with a good variety of food during the summer months will have bigger antlers. For the uninitiated, let's say that a buck born this spring will probably be a spike, or 2 semi-straight antlers (think antelope), a 1 year old may have 4 points (a forked antler each side) and it goes up from there. They usually peak at an age around 4-5 years old.
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                  • The deer processed out to something like this: 35 lbs of ground and sausage (maybe 26-27 to 8-9...more sausage than I wanted!), 4 shoulder roasts (2-4 lbs each), and the 2 tenderloins (2 lbs each). That's a pretty big deer, IMHO. Saturday I took a pound of ground and a pound of sausage and made some of the best deer chili that I've made. Coincidentally, also the first batch of deer chili I've ever made, but I digress. It was still awesome. Now to tend to the tanning of the hide I got from my BIL. The processor didn't save my deer's hide, I think I was supposed to go get it the next day...so that sucks but oh well.
                    I also got to play with my Christmas present! A vacuum sealer! Woohoo! I feel like buying a whole side of beef just so I can vacuum seal it!
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                    • Why does so much of it end up ground? I still have never eaten venison and would like to. Doesn't seem like the kind of thing you'd want to get in a restaurant unless it's near an area with active hunters (Maine would probably be okay, but Boston is probably not advisable).
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                      • Well, they'll do it any way that you want it done. *thoughtful pause*
                        I didn't know exactly what to ask for, no one does really, because you don't know how many pounds of meat that your deer will make. Even if you knew that the deer weighed, like 100 lbs after field dressed (no guts), you still wouldn't know how many pounds of that is the head, bones, hide, fat, etc. So I wrote the different things I wanted and they decide how much of what I get.
                        As far as I know, since it's a game animal it's illegal to sell deer meat. So getting it in a restaurant would be sketchy. However, there's a processor not far away that takes donations and then gives it to the local food kitchen for the homeless/needy. A lot of people are just after big bucks for wall mounts and don't really want to eat the meat, so it's a perfect fit.
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                        • What, you didn't want deer heart? I wonder if that's actually something people eat. Probably. Primal folks will eat just about anything that came from an animal, it seems.

                          Oh hmm... I didn't know it was illegal to sell. Do people raise deer (what else is "game"?) to mitigate this?
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                          • In Alabama you have to have a license to have deer fenced in. There's a couple places close by that does, but I would see it as more of a hassle.

                            I'm sure people eat the heart and liver, the next one I kill I'll overnight it to you because I sure ain't eating it.
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                            • Deer roast with potatoes (Oh noes! I'm going to dead!), onions, carrots, and cream of mushroom soup is getting its crockpot on right now, as we speak. That's really all I have going on that's worthy of being typed. I bore myself a lot. I mean, practically every day.
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                              • Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
                                Deer roast with potatoes (Oh noes! I'm going to dead!), onions, carrots, and cream of mushroom soup is getting its crockpot on right now, as we speak. That's really all I have going on that's worthy of being typed. I bore myself a lot. I mean, practically every day.
                                Sorry, but I can't support this. Eating tasty venison, onions and carrots with your potatoes totally removes any of the benefits of the all potato diet. Epic fail sir. Epic. Fail.

                                Yes, that is the jealousy talking.

                                Good job on the deer.

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