VENISON BUTCHERING

So, you’ve shot yourself a deer, and you are now wondering what to do with your bounty. You can take it to a specialized butcher to do it for you. But what fun is that? First of all, a local butcher who can prepare your harvest may not be available. Additionally, as a deer hunter, you should not only know how to shoot your prey; but you should also learn how to butcher and adequately process your kill. Also, if the SHTF you are going to want to know how to utilize all parts of a deer.

My advice would that for at least a few times, you should at least give it a try, to get basic knowledge on how to best butcher your dear to make sure you are not wasting any edible part of your kill.

What Is The Best Type of Deer For Eating?

Disclaimer-It should go without saying that you need to follow your particular area’s hunting regulations. However, during a SHTF scenario, everything goes when it comes to gathering food for survival purposes.

Now, I will briefly go over the various types of deer and which deer is best for use.

It may come as a surprise to a few, but a trophy deer that may be worth bragging about is not the best for eating.  This makes sense because generally the older the animal the more coarse meat will likely be. So, if you are hunting for survival or strictly food, a mature buck is not your best choice.

Generally, the best cuts of meat are judged by the fat on the deer, which is best when it is thick and clear, and dark red. Therefore, instead of looking for a trophy buck you should instead choose a  doe (female deers) of around four years, which is the optimum time for harvesting and processing a deer.

What Is The Best Type of Deer For Eating?

Disclaimer-It should go without saying that you need to follow your particular area’s hunting regulations. However, during a SHTF scenario, everything goes when it comes to gathering food for survival purposes.

Now, I will briefly go over the various types of deer and which deer is best for use.

 

It may come as a surprise to a few, but a trophy deer that may be worth bragging about is not the best for eating.  This makes sense because generally the older the animal the more coarse meat will likely be. So, if you are hunting for survival or strictly food, a mature buck is not your best choice.

Generally, the best cuts of meat are judged by the fat on the deer, which is best when it is thick and clear, and dark red. Therefore, instead of looking for a trophy buck you should instead choose a  doe (female deers) of around four years, which is the optimum time for harvesting and processing a deer.

Deer Meat Cuts Butchering Cart

Figure one is a butchering chart, which identifies the various cuts of meat found in venison or deer.

  1. Shoulder-It is best used for roasting. You should bone and stuff it and, then afterward, bake or roast the shoulder.
  2. Foreloin– used for roasts and steaks.
  3. Haunch or the Loin– This part is ideally used for steaks, stews, roasts, smoked, and even pickling. Also, the ribs can be used for soup, when they are sliced close to the bone.
  4. Breast-is good for stews and also shepherds pie like dishes.
  5. Neck– The neck is best used for soups.

Conclusion

Using this chart will allow you to best use all parts of your kill. Also, as most of us are spoiled (myself included) by having my meat pre-butchered, learning to butcher a deer can be a challenge. You should at least try to get a basic understanding of venison butchering. Therefore, my advice would be that for at least a few times, give deer butchering a try.

Venison Butchering Chart