I awoke Saturday morning and at dawn went looking for her. I recovered her not 50 yards from my stand.
It wasn't warm yesterday but it wasn't quite cool enough either so I skinned her, carved off all of the fat, and if her fat is any indicator of our winter to come...look out! I removed forelegs, head and rib cage and then rinsed her with cold water to help her chill out. I generally like to let a deer hang a few days to help the proteins in the meat to begin breaking down. The first two this year I had to process immediately. This one may be able to hang awhile. It was below freezing last night. Back straps and jerky yum yum!!!
Today I am taking the camper out for a test run down the freeway a bit. Make sure everything is good. Check and probably re-pack the wheel bearings and make sure the taillights are functioning properly.
One of my favorite sayings is,
"Preparation is the key to success"