April 24th, 2012, 11:22 PM
Is a gut shot deer safe to eat?
I know that if you gut shoot a deer and you have contamination of the local meat with the gastric contents you chop that off and throw it away. Lets say that you have had to let a deer lay over night, letting the infection take its toll and then recover your deer. As the infection spreads, it enters the blood so theoretically you have a completely contaminated deer. Does this affect the allocation of the deer meat, ie since it was gut shot only making ground meat that is going to be well cooked? I know I like my steaks both deer and beef around the rare-med rare so I would have a hard time eating steaks from a deer like that. Is this faulty thinking?
April 24th, 2012, 11:37 PM
I am not really sure. I have eaten gut shot deer before. I make sure to really hose them out as best that I can. I take them to the butcher and tell them up front that it was gut shot. I do not know what they do behind the scenes if you know what I mean. The meat didn't really taste all that bad or different. This one was shot in the winter though when it was extremely cold. A gutshot deer in october when it is 85 degrees out and sitting in that kind of heat all night I am not sure if it would be any different to tell you the truth.
April 24th, 2012, 11:44 PM
I gut shot a doe this season with a shotgun. she was only 35 yards, but she stepped as I shot...
I put a finishing shot on her after 4 hours, jumping her once. After I gutted her I washed her out in a small stream I had to cross heading back to the jeep. I ate the last packet of venision yesterday. I like my steak medium-rare.
April 24th, 2012, 11:53 PM
Nothing wrong with it. And for reference I am a butcher and like my venison rare to blue rare, I have also been known to eat it off the block while butchering
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April 25th, 2012, 12:08 AM
April 25th, 2012, 12:34 AM
I like to have water near by and wash it out really good. Also, I think the quicker you can get it gutted, the better. If it's really warm, I would be a little more cautious. I'm in Texas, where it doesn't get as cold as many other areas, so others may think differently.
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April 25th, 2012, 08:11 AM
Its fine i paunched my buck lat year. i quickly field dressed the animal and hung it up. next am it was at the butcher and a few days later we were enjoying some venison...
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April 25th, 2012, 08:27 AM
The only thing I dont eat on a gut shot one that lays is the inner tenderloins
April 25th, 2012, 08:43 AM
I have only seen one gut shot deer that was no good. If I remember correctly it was earlier in the season and a little warm. My buddy shot it at last light and we waited until the next morning to get it. We could smell it before we found it. After gutting it we could tell the carcass had spoiled overnight. This was a rare occasion. I don't recomend washing out carcass in a stream. I would wait until you get home and hose out with potable water.
April 25th, 2012, 08:48 AM
That's the best meat on the deer.......I can't tell any difference at all. I have my deer processed and I don't get them to seperate gut shot for non-gut shot......does anyone else? Its in yer head folks.
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April 25th, 2012, 09:17 AM
You probably dont even get your own deer back. You think they crank up those saws to cut each deer?
I process mine from the time it drops till we eat it. No one... not one single person has ever complained about gamey tasting venison. In fact, my inlaws said that the venison I give them tastes completely different from everyone else who shares with them.
April 25th, 2012, 09:33 AM
Yeah it's fine as long as it's washed out. I process my own also and have never had a problem with any meat. I've made just about every thing you can with deer meat, and nothing has tasted "gamey". The only deer we have thrown away were two that had been hit by cars and survived somehow, one had gang greene in one leg and the other had a growth behind one shoulder.
April 25th, 2012, 09:55 AM
yes eat it but if it lays over night depennds on how hot it is before I would
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April 25th, 2012, 10:01 AM
if it were in the commercial production industry, no. all meat with that came into contact with any material from the gastrointestinal tract has to be removed from the food chain. so i guess it depends if you feel safe eating it or you agree with USDA regs for other meat
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April 25th, 2012, 10:16 AM
Originally Posted by jlh42581
April 25th, 2012, 10:41 AM
I have only not eaten one gut shot deer...last light, let it lay overnight and could smell it from 75 yards away when we went to trail it at first light...
April 25th, 2012, 10:52 AM
Its fine, I would rinse it out real good and enjoy your venison. Be careful using the creek method. Creek water is very high in bacteria, that is why drinking creek water is not recommended. JMO!
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April 25th, 2012, 12:00 PM
Eating it off the butchering block, you are CraZy man.
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April 25th, 2012, 12:06 PM
Same here, saves money, I know its MY deer, adds satisfaction, and tastes better!
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April 25th, 2012, 12:13 PM
Funny you asked this question. I was wondering the same thing. I gut shot my buck this year. Had to let him go over night. It did get down in to the 40's overnight and I found him the next morning, still warm. I took him to the butcher and he said he cleaned out any meat that he would not eat. We took a roast out the other day and mixed up the stuff we usually do with a roast. When I got home from work, I could smell the roast and it smelled not very good. We ate it and realized, it did not taste very good either. We opened up some burger and cooked it too. Same smell as we were cooking it. We are unsure of what to do exactly. Any suggestions????
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