Originally Posted by Jason
Hello, Just wanted the get peoples thoughts on leaving shot animals over night or not.
Most of the places I shoot long range the animals are on their way back into cover at daybreak but on their way out at night and give a better shot opportunity. Trouble is retrieving the meat.
If the night is cool (ie just on freezing) do you have any problem leaving animals shot just on dark to sit and collect in the early morning for the meat? Thanks guys.
Here in Texas even the coldest weather is not cold enough to leave a deer on the ground
over night because the ground insulates the animal and spoilage is almost a sure thing.
Plus varments may/will find it and ruin it.
If you can retrieve it and field dress it that is another story because you can insert a few
bags of ice in the body cavity untill the next day and it will be fine ( The skin and hair acts
as an insulator for the meat and holds the cold in).
I personally Believe in processing any game as quick as possible1 to 2 hours from kill to
cooler. so if a shot is iffy in the evening I won't take it !!!!
I have lost only one animal to spoilage (A mule deer ) It was snowing and I got lazy
and field dressed it and hung him up to finish the following day ,big mistake, it soured
over night and was uneatable because I left the skin on.
So my recomendation is= If you shoot it, track it until you find it and then clean and process
it before you go to bed.( You can allways sleep in the next day without worring about
the meat).I have seen and smelled many kills that were left on the ground by a lazy hunter
only to hear later on how the meat was tough and strong so they just ground it up and
made sausage out of it.
Knowing that I am going to work untill I get the game In the cooler has made me more
cautious about the shots made in the evenings and some times I just pass on a shot and
take pictures if the weather is bad and I feel lazy.
Just my thoughts on the subject
J E CUSTOM