patience paid off. they were so yummy. there is always that kind of vague flavour thing you get with all slow roasted meats where it could be any red meat. there are only subtle diffs between beef, mutton, hogget and lamb. this was a wild deer and the kids reckoned it didnt taste like venison. all the gamey bits were gone. i dont notice gamey anymore but they still do. there was quite a lot of gelatinous sinews i guess, for want of a better word, thru the shanks which were really quite nice. i got some marrow out of one of the bones too as i had axed it off so the break was jagged. so yeah, venison shanks and gravy for dinner. it kind of sucks that all the really nice food, you cant get in the shops. i have no idea now how i am gonna convince anyone i know, other than me, who hunts to carry the shanks out!!!