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penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Road kill deer
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:30:42 am »
Hi
Yesterday morning OH picked up a freshly killed deer off the road. Threw it in van.
Didn't think to mention it last night, so it's been in van 24hrs, not bled out etc.
Is it safe to hang and process now?  I haven't seen it yet, but he says it's only small, so I'm presuming roe,  maybe a youngster. Just off to clear a space in shed to hang it, it would do for dogs if not for us?
Any advice appreciated, long time since I've done anything like this.


penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Road kill deer
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 12:15:27 pm »
Obviously a roe deer,  minus it's head, that was in the road, so presumably a quick death,
Smaller than my goats.
Now hung in shed.
Not sure how to start gutting, hope it will come back to me as I start.

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Road kill deer
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017, 12:49:28 pm »
I'm sure it'll come back to you.
If it's looking a bit messy inside from the collision or you've no time, you could cut out loins and haunches without having to cut open abdomen at all. -just go at it from the spine side if you know what I mean?


penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Road kill deer
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 01:27:31 pm »
Skinned and mostly gutted, can't remember what to do with anus etc, looks different than sheep or goat, doesn't seem to have a tail, but a funny tuft further down, anus seems higher than tail area? All looks a bit strange, was going to take a photo but that meant coming in, boots off and upstairs for camera, just wanted to get on with things at the time.
Generally good, obviously trauma round the neck area,

Liver looks OK.
If nothing else, legs look well worth eating. :thumbsup: :hungry:



Glencairn

  • Joined Jun 2017
  • Dumfriesshire
Re: Road kill deer
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2017, 05:28:22 pm »
Only eat it if you're sure a vet hasn't been in attendance, sometimes in these circumstances they dose the injured animal, but you would hope they would put on a tag when they do this.

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penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Road kill deer
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2017, 07:05:43 pm »
Thank you for the warning, but I'm sure it wouldn't have been left there if it had been dealt with, seems a vehicle must have literally taken its head off, it was still warm when OH found it on the road[size=78%] ,. [/size]
[/size]Anyway, not even a broken body bone, bit dark down one side where it had been laid in tne van, dogs can have that. Still hanging, for a few days I suppose.[size=78%]
[/size] Can't decide whether to use liver, would liver fluke be anything to worry about?[size=78%]

Glencairn

  • Joined Jun 2017
  • Dumfriesshire
Re: Road kill deer
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2017, 07:15:34 pm »
Liver fluke should be obvious if you cut into it and there are white patches.

I prepared one for a neighbour once and the whole side that had been hit by the vehicle was too damaged to use, so I understand the dogs did well on that occasion too.

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Road kill deer
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2017, 07:49:04 pm »
I'd eat the liver  ;D

Dans

  • Joined Jun 2012
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Re: Road kill deer
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2017, 10:24:03 pm »
Can't decide whether to use liver, would liver fluke be anything to worry about?[/size]

No chance of catching liver fluke from eating an infected liver. You should be able to notice quite quickly if there's a big infestation. Just make a long cut where the gall bladder was attached and press down on either side of the liver, you'll either get some black ooze (decomposing fluke and fluke waste) or whole fluke coming out. The adults are about the size and shape of cornflakes.

If there's such a small amount of fluke that you don't notice them then it's much akin to having a worm in your apple, just a bit of extra protein.

Hope it all cooks up nicely. Are you doing anything with the skin?

Dans
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penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Road kill deer
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2017, 11:58:34 pm »
Thanks, I'll check the liver ,
Amazed body wasn't damaged, perfect carcass, I'll put a photo up when i get them onto desktop
Skin is just salted for now, folded and rolled.  Seem to remember scraping meat and fat off is a horrible job, I salted and dried a goatskin which has been in greenhouse for 2 years, be a shame to waste it though ?

Dans

  • Joined Jun 2012
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Re: Road kill deer
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2017, 12:40:14 am »
I scrapped the fat and some meat off 3 sheep skins the other month, wasn't too bad at all. I used the back side of a kitchen knife and it came quite easy. It was the same day as the kill though. Really interested to see how you get on. I drove past a fairly fresh deer once (wasn't there on my way to work, was in the evening and it was in the late autumn so not warm weather). Didn't take it home, I was living in a small terrace house at the time though!

The lady I sent my sheepskins to said the longest she has stored a properly salted skin was 6 years and she still got a good rug out of it!

Dans
9 sheep, 3 geese, 27 chickens, 3 cats and a toddler

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