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    Advice on after shooting a deer

    I have just started stalking, done my DSC1 and now have some ground to stalk on. I have been on a couple of accompanied stalks but never manage to shoot anything. I went to my permission yesterday and although I never shot anything I thought that if I did, what would I do with the carcass, might sound stupid but getting out stalking was my main concern, not really what to do with it after Reading on here it seems that you have to hang the deer in a chiller for 7 days or so. I will be using the meat for my own consumption so if I shoot something can I butcher it and freeze it on the same day or would I be better trying to get a chiller and hang it. It will be mainly Roe deer

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    i would'nt worry too much about it. get some shot first then butcher them and enjoy the taste!! the further you get into this the more you can expand your methods and find out what your taste buds like.
    Big bloke... but outta shape

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    You can butcher it and freeze on the same day. Done this with most of my venison and tastes fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmer_mike View Post
    You can butcher it and freeze on the same day. Done this with most of my venison and tastes fantastic.
    Same here. Butchered and in the freezer within a couple of hours after the shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodi View Post
    I have just started stalking, done my DSC1 and now have some ground to stalk on. I have been on a couple of accompanied stalks but never manage to shoot anything. I went to my permission yesterday and although I never shot anything I thought that if I did, what would I do with the carcass, might sound stupid but getting out stalking was my main concern, not really what to do with it after Reading on here it seems that you have to hang the deer in a chiller for 7 days or so. I will be using the meat for my own consumption so if I shoot something can I butcher it and freeze it on the same day or would I be better trying to get a chiller and hang it. It will be mainly Roe deer

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    I think you are perfectly right in seeking advice.
    DSC1 leaves people with no knowledge about what to do with an animal once you have bagged it.
    My advice would be to find a mentor to come out with you until you bag at least 2x deer. To teach you the gralloch, to try to give you some insight. A mentor should be happy to help you and show you the ropes as it is all to easy to mess up a carcass after you've shot it.
    I hang to what I call 40 degrees. Take the days high temp and add each day up until you go over 40 degrees. A little less for yearlings though.
    Example day 1= 8, day 2=12, day 3= 10, day 4=10, bingo 8+12+10+10=40 time to butcher
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    Thanks' Teyhan, but how do you find a mentor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodi View Post
    Thanks' Teyhan, but how do you find a mentor?
    Well Jodi, 1st it needs to be someone you can trust. You don't want them taking your hard won ground off you.
    I'd say find someone off here. There are lots of good people off here
    Offer say a split of the carcass for their time and maybe pay for their petrol. That'll keep your costs down.

    With regards to your ground, keep your rifle at home. Spend some time on the ground learning about the animals you have and what their favorite places are. But don't over do it. Stomping round your ground day after day stalking deer that your not yet going to shooting will only spook the hell out of them and mix it up. Don't always stalk in from the same direction and the same route. Once or twice go into the area the deer come from, look at what they can see ( particularly applicable to woods ) it'll teach you where your approaches should be from
    “Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”........Dalai Lama

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    I'm sure someone around that location you have, that I have no idea how to say will be along shortly!!

    This is the exact same reason that I am looking to go out with experienced stalkers before I take the DSC1, and after if needs be as I want to be sure i am gralloching the beast properly after the shot. Call me wierd but I am looking forward to this almost as much as grassing my 1st deer, as I enjoy the technical and butchering side equally as much as shooting!!

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    I would suggest a few paid day or even contact this guy Available: Dmq level 2 training don't know him personally but heard good reviews, won't teach you your own ground but will more than likely teach you most things you know. Also you won't need to worry about mentor taking your ground.

    Edit: I know that says level 2 Trainning but if you read the post it also says about giving novices some training.

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    No discredit to you Jodi but this is what I find absolutely crazy about level 1. You have achieved this qualification which as we all know includes large game handling. You are now a "trained hunter" and looked upon as being in a position of being able to inspect the head, the pluck and the viscera but in reality you have never shot a deer. All credit to you seeking advice.

    I would suggest that being in the Renfrewshire area that you contact Widows Son and appeal to his better side (he does have one) to help you out. He certainly will keep you right and you will learn quickly. He will not miss you and hit the wall but I could guarantee you will learn and that he will not steal your ground.

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