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    Can't stomach meat I've shot

    I feel terrible writing this but it's something that's plagued me since the early days with air rifle and bunnys. I'd love to say everything I shoot is eaten but it's the opposite; I'm fine with taking the shot, cleaning and butchering the animal but I can only consume a mouthful or two before I'm on the brink of gagging!

    last night, I shot my first roe. Gralloch done and jointed as best I could (not as bad as it may sound). So, today I've done a haunch with onion, rosemary and bay leaves, covered with bacon and cooked. It smells lovely, looks great and even tastes excellent but one mouthful was all I could take!

    Thing is, I'm not thinking about anything or talking myself out of it, as far as I'm aware, it seems to be subconscious. Anyone know a way of getting over this? On this occasion nothing will go to waste but I really would like to be able to enjoy the meat I've put on the table (not to mention the creature that lost its life in the process).

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    Do you know anyone in your area who stalks, you could swap a beast here and there to stock your freezer?

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    I know what you mean to some extent, as I've been like that with rabbit and trout I the past. Funnily enough thou I've never had a problem with salmon or venison (think I just like the taste enough to get over any squeamishness).

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmer_mike View Post
    Do you know anyone in your area who stalks, you could swap a beast here and there to stock your freezer?
    I don't but not sure how that would help, unless you mean swap what I shoot for lamb, beef etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stalker.308 View Post
    Hypnosis.
    Joking aside, it might be an option - assuming there's a hypnotist who knows how to do that!

    in many ways, I'm happy sharing the meat around landowners etc but it seems a bit unethical besides the fact id like to get something for my efforts too
    Last edited by Hasbeen; 20-04-2014 at 16:33.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasbeen View Post
    I don't but not sure how that would help, unless you mean swap what I shoot for lamb, beef etc?
    Was meaning that if the problem was due to the fact that you'd been the one shooting and processing the venison, if you did a swap you could avoid any squeamishness. Unless of course it's the taste in which case yes might be a good idea to swap for other meat (something I've done in the past for rabbits).

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    i know a very well known proliific foxer and stalker in norfolk who is actually a veggy because he simply dislikes meat of any kind and hes a deadly shot as well
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    For what it's worth fella, I have the same issue with Rabbits. I've no issue whatsoever with Pigeon, Pheasant, Deer. However, any Rabbits I shoot are prepared oven ready and given to family and friends. I've no idea what the issue is, I just can't bring myself to eat them, so I empathise completely over your challenge with Deer. Can you eat Venison if served in a Restaurant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasbeen View Post
    Joking aside, it might be an option - assuming there's a hypnotist who knows how to do that!

    in many ways, I'm happy sharing the meat around landowners etc but it seems a bit unethical besides the fact id like to get something for my efforts too
    I was being serious. Its all in the mind like a phobia which they often sort. Best bet I reckon.

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