Another Deer for the Table

26 minutes into his hunt this morning, the FYB got his first deer for the season. This is the second deer for the family this season.  He says it’s only a doe, and will give us about 100 pounds of meat once he finishes dressing it.  This is his second year of hunting, and this makes his fifth deer, which he says is embarrassing because the bag limit is 12.

He was down by the creek, which is frozen over solid enough for a doe to walk across the ice, and lo and behold, one did.  She stopped to lick the ice.  The wind was in his favor, but the angle wasn’t.  He didn’t get it with one shot this time. He hit her hip, and then she bounded up the bank of the cliff directly towards him, so he shot her again and dropped her that time.

Fortunately, she’s on the right side of the creek so he doesn’t have to get her across the ice.  He has a deer cleaning station all set up in the old barn at the Little House where Shasta and the Equuschick live (where we first lived when we started blogging).  He’ll take our riding lawn mower down the path through the woods behind Granny Tea’s house to get the doe, pick the doe up and strap it to the lawn mower and drive that back down to the road and then over to the Little House where he will hang the body in the barn and begin dressing.

I really LOVE it that my 14 year old can do all those tasks by himself- hunt, retrieve, dress, and deliver meat to the table, drive the riding lawn mower, get a deer on and off the mower.

He can cook it, too, and clean up the kitchen after himself.

Because our deer is born and bred in and around corn fields, the taste is not very gamey, although it can be a bit tough if not cooked correctly.  We generally just substitute it for beef in any beef recipe on this blog or at our cooking blog.We served some at Thanksgiving Dinner- the HM diced, seasoned, and sauced some of his first catch of the season and then put it in the crockpot to simmer all morning, which made it really tender and savory.  Our Chinese guests were very excited about tasting deer for the first time, as well as the facts that we can hunt on our property and that our 14 y.o. is allowed out and about with guns on his own.

This recipe is especially well suited to tougher cuts of meat, and would work well even if the deer here was gamey.


A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein


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  1. Mother Lydia
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Is that bag limit a lifetime limit on deer?

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted November 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      No, it’s per year. It’s further broken down by sex- I think it’s 11 does and 1 buck allowed per year. I also think this varies by county, and there may be other variations permitted based on his age and whether or not he uses a bow (he does both bow and gun hunting), and the fact that he’s hunting on our property.

      Anyway, that’s why he’s embarrassed and says it’s nothing to brag about. He hasn’t caught more than a quarter of the allowable limit for a given year, so he doesn’t think it’s impressive.

  2. Mother Lydia
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Yeah. But he’s *14* That’s very impressive. AND he dresses it himself!

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted November 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Oh, I agree- but then, I’m his Mama.

  3. Lisa Beth W.
    Posted November 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Woohoo for your boy! I hope my boy is as accomplished by 14! And I love that quote. Love. It.

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