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    Poor Gf, all she wanted to do was go for a hike... on the way we found a nice little treat that noone else wanted.

    After initial inspection, there was no visible damage on the outside of the deer but the stomach was clearly bloated so i opted for the gutless method. First time doing it but i would recommend to anyone who comes upon a deer with an unknown time of death. Was able to take all 4 legs, backstraps, some neck meat and tenderloins. normally i always take the heart and liver but decided to leave this one. Happy i did as one of the tenderloins tasted slightly "off" but still palatable.

    after i cut away the bruised/bloody meat, i imagine ill get an extra 30 lbs of meat. Deer was a 8 month old buck, had 1 in spikes.

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    anyone against taking road side deer?
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    If the stomach is bloated.........hell no!! To each there own, enjoy your meat.
    I love fishing but REALLY it is just a way to pass time until hunting season!!!!

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    Very nice find along as its not bruised up to bad I've done the same thing. Tastes just the same as it was shot lol

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    I have also picked up, butchered ,and eaten road kill deer . The last one was dead for only an hour, front shoulder was a mess but the rest of it was fine. It too was a spike buck. Instant kill, so maybe it tasted better than one that was shot, and ran a hundred yards.

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    Should be fairly safe in the winter. Iím sure thereís some pissed off coyotes around. Haha.
    Only salvaged a Moose that was hit broadside. After a ton of work and a good drunk ended up with a small pile of sausage. Not sure I would do it again in similar circumstances.
    "Only dead fish go with the flow."
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    Quick reminder to all that certain animals need to be registered with the ministry. This includes deer. Easy to do online.

    Might as well use it if itís salvageable.


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    Only if I see it get hit or someone I know calls me to pick it up. I want to know the time of death before I eat it... lol

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    Had a nice car hit deer delivered by one of the guys on the way to the camp years ago,freshly hit and little damage,got lots of good meat from that one.We also got a calf Moose freshly hit with a broken leg that ended up at the local butcher a few miles from the accident.
    I also helped salvage a big doe hit in July which bloated overnight, but we still salvaged almost all the meat.
    If a badly bloated road kill is available I can still see a use for dog meat if it can be salvaged without to much of a mess.

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    good feedback on preferences.

    Deer update. I grinded up both front legs and some of the back legs. I can't bring myself to chop up the perfectly good roasts from the hind quarters so i leave the 3 main muscle groups whole. Ended with 15 lbs of ground and probably another 6lbs in roasts.

    also eaten a few meals from it and there is absolutely zero difference we can tell in taste. it is just as awesome as any other deer.

    happy with the results however being the first "fawn" i've taken apart, i will not be using tags on fawns going forward as the reward isn't worth the effort. i ended with barely 22 lbs of deboned meat
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