Another deer butchering tip for you guys: I use a sawsall to split the pelvis and trim legs with. A cordless one works very well, and saves the time. Started doing this 3 years ago; big improvemnt ove any sort of hand saw.
Very Nice Classicfur indeed a true giant white tail awsome
Just wanted to share a photo of a huge buck that came into my taxidermy shop last week.
This deer shot by Larry Violett Jr weighed 281 lbs field dressed. He told me that at the meat cutters, they pulled the hide off, cut the head off and removed the legs at the knees and it still weighed 232 lbs.
I usually have about 6-8 every year that weigh between 200 and 220, but this is by far the largest deer that has come into my shop.
Larry is 6'3\" tall and said they had to tie the back legs up to the antlers to get the feet off the ground for weighing it.
That's a true Maine brute Classic! How has the seasons go over there so far? Numbers seem to be off over here in Vt. The eastern half of vt is really hurting for deer from what I here. We did have a nice 198lb 8pt shot in town.
I've got a doe here and one in NY. Off to Illinois for smoke pole hunt Monday, can't wait!
Quick story on my NY doe. I had two small bucks come by my stand on the corner of this fallow field I was set up on. An hour later the doe, 27 uards and I dimed her. She ran awy another 30 yards or so and stood there. A 5pt that had been trailing her came into view. The doe tipped over and crashed! The buck, not sure what happend ran back to where he came from. Another spike came in from the opposite direction to see what was going on and a small half rack came in from across the field!
I couldn't believe all the action, but that was nothing! The half rack tried to get the doe up to mate w/ her. He nosed her, grunted at her, stomped on her w/ his front hoves, ran around her.....this went on for over an hour and a half! I was hoping a bigger buck would come in, but no.
Cordless sawsall. Great idea! I use to use a hand bone saw, but now I use only power saws for cutting through bones. Like the Wellsaw made for the meat cutting industry.
Yes, it may take a huge Mule Deer form to fit this giant deer.
Billy - Thanks!
maya - The deer numbers are way down for the last two years. I loved hearing your doe story. I would have thought the same as you, that maybe a bigger buck may come out to investigate. Still must have been fun to see that happen.
He told me last night that he wanted to hunt squirrels instead of deer.
We have been deer hunting in a ground blind that I made and seeing lots of squirrels up close.
So this morning he decided we were going down there and hunt squirrel instead of deer.
I said Ok, but carried a few of his slugs anyway just in case.
He is hunting with a pardner model 4.10 shotgun (youth model).
Well about 7:15 we were setting in the ground blind and had seen a few squirrels off in the distance but had not gone after any, when I heard a little rustling in the leaves to our right and looked over there and this nice 8 point was just standing there looking right at us at about 35 yards.
In the blind all he could really see was our heads and I whispered to Cole - be still there is a nice buck.
I had put one of his slugs at the base of the tree in front of us and he had to take a 6 shot out and put the slug in, and he managed to do that and then get his little shotgun slipped up over the top of the blind and I was whispering low in the chest buddy, low in the chest....
Then BAM !
Oh Happy Day !
I could tell it hit him good, and low in the chest, he wheeled around and ran off down the hollow.
We waited about 45 minutes then started trailing him up, found him about 30 minutes later, he ran about 80 yards and then piled up.
While we waited that 45 minutes Cole was shaking, he said daddy my legs will not quit shaking - ohhhh it was great !
I think I had more fun than he did !
Not many 9 year olds start off with a buck like this.