Success on Day Two


Please do not view this post further if you are not okay with seeing a dead deer.

He got one this morning! I heard the shots from the house. (He was way back in the second upper pasture, but I knew the shots were coming from the right direction.) His dad was out there somewhere, but he never found Ross, so I sent Weston out to help him get it back to the house after Ross called on his cell phone. (This is where a four-wheeler would come in handy.) Weston (not a hunter) claimed he wasn’t touching it, but he did help and they took turns dragging it back. This is Ross’s first deer.

It will be checked and taken to the high school for processing. Venison headed my way! Yay!


  1. Beverly123 says:

    Oh good, does that mean there will be venison recipes posted? I could use some!

  2. wildcat says:

    Free venison for the freezer! Yay, Ross! :snoopy:

  3. lifeisgood/ Melinda says:

    Congrats Ross! My 21 year old daughter likes to deer hunt. She killed two earlier in the season. Makes a huge difference at the market when you can bypass the meat aisle!

  4. brookdale says:

    Congratulations, Ross! How much did it weigh? Tell Mom to get the frying pan ready…nothing better than fresh “deermeat” as we call it here.

  5. Landodixy says:

    If I may suggest, ask your processor for the maximum amount of meat! So many people take the loin, the backstrap, the hindquarters and leave the rest. The neck has alot of meat on it and is great for a roast. The shoulders are great for making jerky. The ribs are even delicious. If you don’t feel like dealing with neck roast or jerky, grind it up for sausage…or CAN it. Canning makes it so tender!
    Good job, Ross!

  6. Louise says:

    My grandson has been hunting all weekend and did not get one. Congratulations Ross.

  7. jeannieq says:

    Congratulations Ross! I just picked up 2 at the meat packing place. Talking to DH about getting a meat grinder for next year. What we paid for processing today would have paid for a grinder and I could have had a lot more say in what I got and how it was packaged. Oh well, next year!

  8. beforethedawn says:

    Awesome! Great job Ross! And on day two!

  9. jeandf says:

    Awesome! Sometimes it take longer than that to get one. Yay!!!!!

  10. RosieJo says:

    Congratulations Ross! I love deer sausage.

  11. Rainn says:

    Oh my gosh- too funny Ross got the non hunter- non meat eater to drag it out!!! What a bro!!! Good job- fill the freezer!!

  12. CasieD says:

    Wait… they process deer at the high school?? Tell me more about that! We pay between $60 – $90 per deer around here to have them cut up, wrapped and the trimmings ground into burger. Then if you want something else made from the trimmings like sausage or hot dogs that costs more by the pound.

  13. Diane says:

    That is awesome. Its so nice to have a older brother to help you out even when he did not want to. lol.

  14. fowlers says:

    Awesome:::the neck tenderloin is my favorite piece::::yum!!!stuffed w/ garlic and butter! OMG::::drool,,,drool,,,,you lucky woman you!!!

  15. enjay says:

    Venison is yummy! We have a freezer full of venison that we’ve processed from animals hunted by a friend of ours, and I just finished canning up 7 quarts of venison that was salvaged from a doe that tangled with a vehicle. We use it as dog food because it’s not really fit for human consumption, although in this case the neck and the loins were just fine and we had loin roast for dinner tonight.
    People don’t usually eat the ribs and they often wind up tossed but I find they make great dog food, just load a mess of them up in the pressure cooker, cook them until the meat is falling off the bones, fish them out, and can it up. Sometimes I cook it until the bones are all crumbling, it takes a long time but the dogs love the mush that it results in.

  16. EMarie says:

    :snoopy: YAY!!!!! Good for Ross! I’m happy for you Suzanne and your freezer. :snoopy:

  17. enjay says:

    I’m sorry I accidentally hit submit. Anyway, sometimes if you ask the processor you can get scraps and ribs cheap or free and make dog food.

  18. Wendy says:

    Great job to both the boys!! My husband also got a deer–YAY!!! LOVE venison. and it’s better for you than beef.

  19. Auntie Linda says:

    Venison is awesome, and it’s great he got one on the 2nd day. I’ve been designated the local venison-stock-making-queen around here, so we’ve been the recipients of some wonderful cuts of meat in addition to the bones. I use some of the venison stock in chili and pot roast (regular beef) and it adds an wonderful flavor. My DH is seriously considering starting to hunt next year. Enjoy….and a wonderful Thanksgiving to all!

  20. yvonnem says:

    Funny, Weston didn’t want to touch it, but in your photos, he’s the only one doing the dragging! :dancingmonster:
    My hubby shot an 8 point yesterday. He was happy, still is. :snoopy:
    I don’t like the taste of venison, but he does. All you good people out there need to post some tasty venison recipes on Farm Bell! (PLEASE!) :heart:

  21. Cheryl LeMay says:

    Good job Ross! And kudos to Weston for helping his brother out with a job he obviously didn’t like doing. It’s hard to tell from the pictures but it looks like a small doe. That’s even Young tender doe meat is great. So, is he able to continue hunting? Or is he done? That’s one less deer to eat your fruit trees!

  22. wvhomecanner says:

    Yay Ross! That’s great that the HS does processing. Up here, several meat markets shut down other processing during hunting season just to process deer. Love me some deer jerky, deer roast, and especially canned venison – the best. For those asking about venison recipes -you can truly do anything with venison that you do with beef.

  23. HappyMolly says:

    I’ve never hunted, I’m not for it nor against it and I’m happy to see it get eaten rather than just killing for sport. I have a question though, this looks like a rather small deer, very young. Isn’t it better to shoot the larger ones? I’m asking naively, honestly I know nothing about hunting, just curious.

    I’ve been lurking for a year now, figured I should step up and join the group.

    Thanks Suzanne

  24. Peace Of Mind says:

    Congrats Ross! We are heading out tomorrow (Northern Michigan) in hopes of venison for our freezer as well…
    ~~blessings@peace of mind~~

  25. twiggityNDgoats says:

    I much prefer meat from young does than bucks. In my experience it has a much milder flavor. Carcass handling has a lot to do with it also. I have skinned then processed several deer in my kitchen over the years. Took nearly all day. Gotta love the local High School’s meat processing facility.

  26. Leck Kill Farm says:

    Do the high school students do the processing? Is a fundraising thing?

    My family used to do their own processing but as the older generation passes away, fewer are now taking the time to gather together. There are lots of independent processors in my area.

    Does Ross have plans for the hide? My husband and I got gloves made from the second (and last) buck he shot.

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