The Blue Collar Bookseller Review: Getting the Most Out of Your Deer Comments

Get your deer yet? I hear that a lot at work. It’s a common greeting from one blue collar worker to another. You got up at 4 a.m., your wife called you sick, you braved the cold, you spent hours on the lookout, you saw a twelve point while fleeing, you missed an easy shot, but you finally grabbed that white tail. Now what? Now is the time to pick up “Getting the Most Out of Your Deer” written by Dennis Walrod.

Dennis is an experienced deer hunter who has written for a number of outdoor magazines including “Field and Stream”, “Outdoor Life” and “Gray’s Sporting Journal”. In these tough economic times, you want to get what you pay for, and this book will show you how.

Dennis starts with the basics of country dress and getting your deer out of the woods. First make sure the deer is dead. I have heard more than one hunting story about a “dead” deer coming to life on an unsuspecting hunter.

If you approach a deer and your eyes are closed, it is almost a sure sign that the deer is still alive. Shoot again aiming at the heart or the base of the neck, then unload your gun and have that deer marked.

Dressing in the field might seem complicated to a beginner, but there’s more margin for error than many veteran hunters will have you believe, and it’s really no more difficult than changing a tire, and even sloppy field dressing will leave the venison in better condition than if the deer were left unattended.

You want the carcass to cool as quickly as possible. Dennis covers the four basic methods, from the “ream-and-tie” involved to the “quick and dirty,” typically performed when the sun is setting and you are still away from the road.

Yes, you have to bring this deer back to camp, and there are several methods. The most conventional is to grab it by the woods and start walking. Sounds easy, but it’s not, especially if it’s a doe, and the way back is almost always uphill. You can bet on that, and don’t pull the deer back; you’ll just end up deeper in the woods. Rope? Did you remember to bring some rope?

You have the deer at home and have decided to save some money and slaughter the deer yourself, but it’s a little intimidating. A commercial butcher has an assortment of cleavers, cutting blocks, and band saws. But killing game can be done with far fewer tools than killing domestic animals.

You can often use the same five inch blade that you used for dressage and skinning in the field. Native Americans were able to bring down a deer with nothing more than a sharp boulder. Do you really need an electric knife?

Dennis goes on to explain why home butchery may be the best choice for you, which tools you will find most useful, as well as aging meat for tenderness and keeping meat.

The meat is my favorite part of the deer, and Dennis includes some great venison recipes as well as information on making sausage and helpful information on how to improve the flavor of venison.

It also covers a wide range of topics, including salting and tanning hides, basic leather goods, soap making, trophy-mounting, and white-tailed deer crafts – like fishing lures and this flashlight. deer legs that your Uncle Earl has in his workshop.

The hunting experience does not have to end with the moment of killing. Native Americans used everything from meat for eating to tendons and intensities for bowstrings, and even ribs were used to add stiffness to baskets.

Such full use may not be practical anymore, but if modern hunters recognize the responsibility of using a deer to the fullest, we not only increase the value of the deer, but of ourselves …

Return to Work Tip: Factory hours can be long. We should always pursue the activities that bring us joy, but make sure that you are rested and safe. Hunting can be dangerous at any time, but it is even more dangerous if you are exhausted. Have fun there, but be careful.






Kevin Coolidge is currently a full-time factory worker and part-time bookseller at From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. When he’s not working, he writes. He is also a children’s author and creator of The Totally Ninja Raccoons, a children’s series aimed at reluctant readers. Visit his author site at kevincoolidge.org


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