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The Pocket Guide to Field Dressing, Butchering, and Cooking Deer: A Hunter's Quick Reference Book

The Pocket Guide to Field Dressing, Butchering, and Cooking Deer: A Hunter's Quick Reference Book

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The Pocket Guide to Field Dressing, Butchering, and Cooking Deer: A Hunter's Quick Reference Book

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85 pages
38 minutes
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Released:
Sep 15, 2015
ISBN:
9781634504683
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Book

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A handy reference book on caring for your deer once it’s down.

Hunting, butchering, and preparing deer has been a way of life for Monte and Joan Burch. Drawing on their years of experience living off the land and practical skills gained while butchering livestock, Monte and Joan offer The Pocket Guide to Field Dressing, Butchering, and Cooking Deer as a must-have resource for the hunter on the go. Included is essential advice on:

Field dressing
Transporting
Hanging
Skinning
Caping
Butchering
Cooking

Each step is accompanied by black-and-white drawings and color photographs that further illustrate the advice being offered. So whether you are a novice or an experienced professional, The Pocket Guide to Field Dressing, Butchering, and Cooking Deer will undoubtedly prove to be an essential reference.

Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for hunters and firearms enthusiasts. We publish books about shotguns, rifles, handguns, target shooting, gun collecting, self-defense, archery, ammunition, knives, gunsmithing, gun repair, and wilderness survival. We publish books on deer hunting, big game hunting, small game hunting, wing shooting, turkey hunting, deer stands, duck blinds, bowhunting, wing shooting, hunting dogs, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 15, 2015
ISBN:
9781634504683
Format:
Book

About the author

Monte Burch is an award-winning freelance writer, photographer, and author of over seventy-five books and thousands of outdoors and how-to magazine articles. He has written for numerous magazines, including American Rifleman and Field and Stream, and his books include The Complete Book of Making Jerky, The Complete Guide to Sausage Making,and The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Own Food.As a photographer, he has had magazine cover shots on Bassmaster, Sports Afield, and many others.

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The Pocket Guide to Field Dressing, Butchering, and Cooking Deer - Monte Burch

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INTRODUCTION

To many hunters, the joy of the hunt stops when the deer is down. Many inexperienced deer hunters often look at dressing and butchering as hard, complicated work requiring special tools, skills, and knowledge. The job also appears messy and smelly. Actually, field dressing, butchering, and cooking venison is quite easy. It can be done by the first-timer with very little hassle if done properly. Learning the proper steps and doing them in order prevents problems. This book lists all the steps in order in an easy-to-read manner with full illustrations. It can be used right in the field, allowing even the first-timer to enjoy the satisfaction of preparing his own venison. Old timers may also discover some new tricks.

1. YOUR DEER IS DOWN

The quality of your venison begins with proper care in the field.

The hunt is over and your deer is down. The first step is to make sure the animal is dead. Approach the animal with your gun or bow ready. You may need to shoot again. Stunned animals and even those mortally wounded have gotten up or thrashed around and injured hunters. Approach slowly and carefully, then touch the eyeball with your rifle muzzle or a stick. If the animal doesn’t move, unload your gun or case your arrow and set aside. Then tag the animal with the appropriate tag or license.

Stop, take a breather, and relax a bit. The steps you take next will ensure your deer will turn into delicious venison your entire family will enjoy.

2. COMMON FALLACIES ABOUT DEER DRESSING

There are several fallacies that are quite common about dressing deer. Some have been touted for years as necessary to prevent the tainting of the meat. In fact, some may cause more problems than they alleviate.

The first is bleeding the animal. For years many writers suggested that the animal should be bled in the manner of pork and beef. That simply isn’t true. Pork and beef are

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