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Butterbean

Deer Season Comes in Saturday

I'm getting hyped up cause rifle season comes in Saturday.  Bow season has been in for a while but I don't like the idea of throwing sticks at deer cause I prefer not to drag them any further than I have to.

My eldest will hopefully be returning home in December and he has put an order in for summer sausage which I thoroughly intend to fill to the max.  I walked through a patch of woods today and saw some heavy pig traffic as well.  About 12 little ones and one really big one.  If all goes as I dream I hope to take a few fat does and a pig or two that have been fattened on peanuts, corn and acorns.

Its cooling down and the thought of sitting around and tending the smoke is really becoming appealling.
sod

Butterbean you would it in New Zealand we have open season on hunting pigs and deer all year round with bows,crossbows and rifles.    
Butterbean

sod wrote:
Butterbean you would it in New Zealand we have open season on hunting pigs and deer all year round with bows,crossbows and rifles.    


What kind of deer do you have?  We have open season on pigs but I don't like to clean them in the heat.  Our season for deer will run about four or five months.  We have whitetail.
sod

Butterbean we have a few here; Red Deer,Sika,Fallow and Rusa and White Tail also Wapiti but they are crossed withRed deer have a look at New Zealand wild deer and go to "hunting red deer in New zealand". As we are such a small country hunters travel all over to go in for a weekend I've flown from here down to the bottom of the south island in a half day and flown to Auckland on Friday night back Sunday night. So it's easy to get around have a look on wises maps to get the idea how small it is but it is the greatest   and very humble. Hope you have a great hunt
Butterbean

Thanks.  I always wanted to visit there.  My cousin lived there for a while and helped on a sheep ranch she said it was wonderful too.  From what I gather your weather is wonderful for forage production and timber production so the deer ought to be really nice.
sod

Yes if you look on a map you will see we have a lot of wild bush and mountain ranges so hunting is never far away, there is a lot of wild pigs my mate goes out with his dogs one day most weekends and gets something most times and he is my bestest mate as he often brings something to me       Where was she over here?
Butterbean

I'm not positive cause this was about 25 years ago but I think it was a place called New Church or something like that.
Butterbean

Had a good hunt this weekend but I stayed up too late Friday night and overslept and the sun beat me to my stand.  As I walked to my stand I jumped 12 deer with three of them only a few feet from my stand.   Deer didn't move at all Saturday afternoon so I returned again Sunday morning and saw three bucks and 10 does.  I harvested these two with two shots.  After I cleaned them I picked a bushel of peas and a half bushel of green beans then struck off to the woods again.  Deer still aren't moving in the afternoon but I did see one doe while in my stand and jumped a huge buck while I walked back to my truck.  I got a bead on him but where he crossed was directly in front of my parked truck so I didn't take the shot.  Guess you can call me a pessimist but I don't like the idea of having a radiator either half full or half empty.  Neither sound good to me.

Anyhow, I'm  on my way to get enough meat to make some summer sausages.  I had hoped to get a pig but they just messed with me.  I could hear the squeal and grunt but they stayed out of sight.  I set my hog trap so maybe there is hope yet.

bodger

The first day of your deer season? it brings back fantastic memories of my first day when I visited flatiron.
Thanks for sharing BB
Butterbean

I imagine his deer are much bigger though cause the further north you go the bigger they get.  I've seen some beauties from up north.  Friend of mine is fixing to got back to Iowa to visit family and they may run around 300 lbs.  That's a lot of free meat.
sod

Looks a good days hunting bet they taste just great we love wild deer and pig meat  
freem

sod wrote:
Butterbean we have a few here; Red Deer,Sika,Fallow and Rusa and White Tail also Wapiti but they are crossed withRed deer have a look at New Zealand wild deer and go to "hunting red deer in New zealand". As we are such a small country hunters travel all over to go in for a weekend I've flown from here down to the bottom of the south island in a half day and flown to Auckland on Friday night back Sunday night. So it's easy to get around have a look on wises maps to get the idea how small it is but it is the greatest   and very humble. Hope you have a great hunt


They have some of those Wapiti crosses over here, an estate in roscommom if i remember correctly.
I've heard stories only of how big they get - mind you, i think everything is bigger after a few pints!
Butterbean

Yes, I know what you mean.  I know a guy who was bragging on killing a 50 lb possum.  Said it was the biggest one he'd ever seen and had to be a world record.  When viewed in the pot the possum looked like any other possum and when questioned about it the fella simply stated that the possum was so fat that the fat just rendered off it and he shrunk to that size.
Butterbean

I just pulled the sausages out of the smoker.  Made some smoked sausages, summer sausage, salami and something in between with a little cajun influence.  Gonna let them rest till morning then give each a try.  They smell good so I hope they taste the same.

Jonty

They do look good mate
Butterbean

I just tried them and they give me a renewed respect for the white tailed thieving goats that destroyed my gardens this year.  I tried them with plain and they are delicious but with a smear of Colman's mustard they are over the top.



Being ever food critical I found the salami a bit bland for my taste and I think I need to add a little more pepper to the mix.  Anyone have any idea the best way to approach this?  I don't want to overdo it but I was wondering if there is a rule of thumb approach to an incremental adjustment to say a 10 lb batch.
conundrum

OMG, they look so good, and summer sausage is one of my favourites.  

Deer season does not start here 'till Nov 1st....looking forward to Dave bringing home a white tail.......I have found someone who will make our sausage and butcher the deer properly for us, this year at least...next year I want to be more hands on...too busy with fencing etc this time around.

What do you do with the skins...are they cured or what??
Woodsmoke

Butterbean wrote:
I found the salami a bit bland for my taste and I think I need to add a little more pepper to the mix.  Anyone have any idea the best way to approach this?  I don't want to overdo it but I was wondering if there is a rule of thumb approach to an incremental adjustment to say a 10 lb batch.


They really do look superb mate!

I wonder if you could adjust the seasoning of maybe a 4oz batch of your salami mix? Then you could proportionately up the quantity to suit without running the risk of ruining a larger batch?
Butterbean

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What do you do with the skins...are they cured or what??


I ddon't do anything with them.  Had them tanned before and used to make fishing lures out of the tail hair but now I just dispose of them.  My pup seems to enjoy bringing them back to me once they have a strong smell.

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I wonder if you could adjust the seasoning of maybe a 4oz batch of your salami mix? Then you could proportionately up the quantity to suit without running the risk of ruining a larger batch?


That sounds very practical.  I guess I could wrap it and microwave it for a test run.  The salami is a bit lacking to me.  Everyone whose tried it has liked it but I know it could be better.  With the amount of time it takes to make stuff like this I want it to taste better than good if you know what I mean.
FABrown2

Here is one that I threw a stick at

This doe was taken via bow @ 27 yds with a Grim Reaper broad head tip, ran only 15 yds from here I shot her.  So, travel distance was not an issue with this one.

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