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  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    I'm going to give hunting a whirl this season. Deer here in nw New Jersey are like mosquitoes, we need more hunters. I've shot various firearms my entire life, and skinning looks easy, the only bit I'm apprehensive about is the field dressing as it looks somewhat complicated for a first-timer unless you've been shown how and I'm worried about spoiling the meat (which is my #1 motivation for hunting, the tasty, tasty venison).
    The best way to learn is to do it with an experienced friend there talking you through it. If that is not possible I'd recommend watching a few YouTube videos on how it's done. Just don't pop the bladder or the stomach and you will be fine. Good luck this season and be safe!

  2. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by darent View Post
    if you ask around at the local markets you may find that the local butcher will, for a price, butcher and package up your deer. all you have to do is field dress .
    That part I've got covered. Neighbor has a professional set-up in his basement with stainless steel tables, butchers paper, knives, even date stamps for the packaging. Helped him cut up 3 or 4 deer last season.

    Quote Originally Posted by vdk03 View Post
    The best way to learn is to do it with an experienced friend there talking you through it. If that is not possible I'd recommend watching a few YouTube videos on how it's done. Just don't pop the bladder or the stomach and you will be fine. Good luck this season and be safe!
    I'm going to go that route. I have a feeling a lot of it is probably done by "feeling" that can only be learned by actual experience. I guess I'll just go very gingerly the first time.
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    Definitely do it...venison = good meals...and sounds like your area's herd needs culling.
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    I'm not a hunter, I blame my Mom, when my parents first got married my Dad went hunting rabbits, he brought a couple rabbits home thinking his bride would cook them, nope, sat in the freezer until they were tossed, no more hunting for Dad. He used to take my younger Sister and I out plunking with his semi auto Ithaca 22. I did go shoot skeet with him once before he retired. I do love venison jerky, and it makes great spiedies too...thanks Mom.

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    I don't...but I wouldn't have 2nd thoughts about hunting coyotes. But very rarely will they be out during day and there are more useful & enjoyable things to do than spend my nights with thermal gear or lighting, sitting around...waiting for coyotes, although the $$$ for them is decent, I think.
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  6. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by bigbog View Post
    Definitely do it...venison = good meals...and sounds like your area's herd needs culling.
    It's worse than that. They're EVERYWHERE. When I turn off the highway, it's 4.5 miles to my place. I'd say I AVERAGE seeing 15 deer per night in just that 4.5 mile stretch, and commonly see > 20. And deer/vehicle accidents are common.

    The state biologists have done everything they can to encourage hunting here and increase bag limits etc... we even have "earn a buck", where you have to shoot a doe first in bow season before you take a buck, and they made crossbow hunting legal 5 years ago to make it even easier. In terms of coyote, those are starting to be a real problem here in Jersey too, which, I suspect is due to nature trying to balance the predator/prey ratio. Saw one just the other night, and the little girl across the street's cat went missing last month. I think I know where it went.......

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