Question about a deer I shot.

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  1. Vahunter

    Vahunter Elite Refuge Member

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    I shot a deer on a cold day - about 25 deg F. Aged it a couple days when the temp never got above freezing. Put it right in the freezer.
    When I cook some of it, it smells just a little sour. I've never had this experience. I did not see any signs my bullet hit the rumen. The smell disappears after it's cooked a little, but I'd rather not have it since my crew isn't that wild about game. Any idea what it is I smell and what I can do to do away with it before I cook the venison? Thanks.
     
  2. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Elite Refuge Member

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    You might have CWD meat?
     
  3. Vahunter

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    Not in my area. The nearest CWD is about 150 miles away.
     
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    Birdcrazy Elite Refuge Member

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    Was just a thought.
     
  5. H20DAD

    H20DAD Elite Refuge Member

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    Meat doesn't age below freezing.

    Your nose probably isnt used to wild meat smells. Does it look green or grey/brown?

    I assume you gutted the deer after killing it?
     
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    Gutted it about 5 min after killing it. It's the right color.
     
  7. Luigi Daniele

    Luigi Daniele Turkey Hunters Forum Moderator

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    Is it all pieces of the meat?
    What was the deer eating, any idea? Was the meat chilled?
     
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    I've killed about 60 deer in my life. I know what they're supposed to smell like. I wonder if this one was eating something that gave it that smell. The smell is almost like corn silage.
     
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    all so far. It was cold when I got it and it stayed cold. I didn't look at the rumen contents as a normally do. There are two dairy farms close enough that it could have been eating silage. The sour smell reminds me a little of that.
     
  10. Luigi Daniele

    Luigi Daniele Turkey Hunters Forum Moderator

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    Interesting. I would say that you nailed the cause.
     

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