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    Hanging deer

    I am just curious as to whether or not you actually have to hang deer or can they be lay down in a chiller. Does it make a difference or are they just hung for space issues.

    cheers, Tom

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    I would not hang them much better to shoot them


    Better to hang them but if you are stuck for hanging space you could lay them down when cold, [next day]
    They will cool better hanging.

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    bog, you beat me to it!

    And being sensible, usually hanging is used as it allows full air circulation so the animal will cool better. Once the deer are cooled they can be laid down if necessary. Most people don't bother because a hanging deer is easier to move around and handle than one laid down.

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    Keep it off the floor, think dirt and bacteria!

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    i heard it stretches the meat which makes it more tender.

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    Don't know about stretching the meat but keeps the carcass clean, lets it drain, lets it cool quicker and lets the air circulate letting the carcass dry out - gives a better meat.

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    This is basic meat hygiene stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil_Bri View Post
    i heard it stretches the meat which makes it more tender.
    I believe that it is the Lactic acid produced naturally as the blood contained within the muscles reacts with atmospheric Oxygen, which breaks down the muscles and connective tissue resulting in the meat becoming tender.atb Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by deer man View Post
    This is basic meat hygiene stuff!
    i am new to stalking, so if you dont ask you dont know! just want to make sure i get it right

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotguntom View Post
    i am new to stalking, so if you dont ask you dont know! just want to make sure i get it right
    You ask all the questions you like ,its how you learn. No one on the site knew any more than you do when they started. Best of luck with your chosen sport.

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