Gear for Processing Your Own Deer
By: Tony J. Peterson
Whether you fill a single tag, or go on a tear through multiple states, processing your own deer takes the right equipment
In my household, venison is the number-one source of protein. We mix in plenty of other wild critters, of course, but it’s the whitetail deer that provides the most meals for my family.
This is reason enough to pay serious attention to the process of field dressing and butchering the deer that I arrow each season, but it goes beyond that.
There is something about the feeling of wrapping 40 or 50 pounds of deer meat and layering the packages in the chest freezer that is so satisfying. It’s something that represents the closure of a specific hunt and probably tickles something primal in our brains that the availability of easy food has suppressed for decades now.
Whether you fill a single tag, or go on a tear through multiple states, the process of butchering a deer takes the right equipment. This not only ensures that butchering your deer doesn’t turn into a six-hour horror show, but also nearly guarantees a better finished product. That’s a reality not to be taken lightly.
Following are ten must-have meat care products.
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