|A WHOLE DEER - Whoo Hoo!|
Yes -that is a WHOLE DEER in a cooler.
One of our neighbors is an avid hunter and even though here in NC rifle season doesn't start until the 16th, he's used a bow and arrow to already bring down several deer.
They called me today and asked if I wanted this one, and I was over there so fast I left cartoon-like swirls of dust hanging in my wake!
I suspect that they get so many deer that butchering them starts to feel like a real chore, and having done it myself only once before I can attest that it is quite a bit of work, but it is SO TOTALLY WORTH IT.
Ground venison, which can be turned into juicy venison burgers!
My mouth is seriously starting to water as I think of all the possibilities.
I do plan on hunting this year - in fact, it'll be my first year as an active hunter! I've gone out before, bringing a 'gun man' (somebody who was actually licensed to hunt) to do the real shooting but we didn't manage to get anything.
But this year I have a deer stand all ready AND I got my hunting license last year! Even thought we have this deer, I'm definitely still going to try to get my own. It feels like a rite of passage in a way. I really want to create a lifestyle of living closely with the seasons and eating 'real' food, and a big part of that is going through the preparation and work it takes to acquire that food.
The way I think about it, venison is one of the healthiest meat options we have. It's local, grass-fed, and lean. Not only that, but it's also delicious and cheap. I seriously want to get to a point where I shoot enough deer each hunting season to last us the rest of the year.
Well, I guess I know what I'll be doing the rest of the weekend. But a weekend's worth of butchering and packaging for the freezer means months of delicious venison, right at our fingertips. In fact, I might just have to start with the meal planning......