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NJ,Ny,Pa deer question

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Gathering' started by MommaJ, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. MommaJ

    MommaJ Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

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    Alrighty I found a spot I like and I have the sitting thing going ok but I am worried about field dressing and butchering a deer. I've watched just about a million videos but some hands on help would be nice.

    I was wondering if anyone could possibly take me out sometime to teach me.

    If it's out of NJ it will more likely have to be late season so I can save up for an out of state permit. I do not have a firearm nor a firearm permit just a crossbow permit.
     
  2. Terasec

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    Once you see it done its not that difficult
    When do you plan on going out?
    Maybe someone local could be on standby and run out to help on that day
    Sure lots would help in exchange for some meat maybe even a local elderly hunter who doesnt get out anymore
     
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    MommaJ Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

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    The area I set my stand up in you have to pay extra to just sit there not to even hunt so I would feel horrible asking someone to be available to help me at that spot and with my zone there is very minimal choices available of where to hunt.
     
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    maybe best to go on njhunter.com and ask for private messages from anyone in that close area who would be willing to come out on a phone call. I would hope local hunters wouuld be ready to lend a hand.
     
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    Good thinking. I will check on there.
     
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    I'll gladly help ya and hubby too if ya can wait till next fall. I'll save up and cover the cost of permits for you both if you don't mind a complete outdoor time in the Mark Twain National Forest. Only reason I say next fall is the docs don't like a mass in my lungs so I might have to forego my usual winter long trapping and hunting time this year for biopsy and surgery. I'm not overly concerned about that. It's been there 7 years and they said before it had stopped growing but the latest doc wants more tests so she can afford a new ferrari or something.

    Crossbows are legal here this year and thanks to an adapter for my single shot 12ga I can add black powder to the list too. Sometimes some of what's in season and/or hunting method overlaps. Might be able to get y'all some bacon too with all the feral hogs multiplying so much.

    OM
     
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    @MommaJ if someone shows you make them let you do at least half of the work, you will learn a lot more that way than watching.
     
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    Thai you for the offer sending you a message.
     
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    Try njwoodsandwater.com, it's a good group of hunters in NJ. I am in northern Hunterdon county and could help. Unfortunately the deer are agreeing to my hunting strategy.
     
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    Sorry I'm in Iowa, but if your going to do your 1st deer, I highly recommend a bone saw. I finally got one a few years ago, and I wished I had gotten one sooner. They are a huge time saver when cutting through the ribs and pelvis. It will also save the blade on your knife. I have one made by Gerber, I think it was like 15 bucks.
     
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    I'll check there out. I tried my hunter forum and someone was offering$200 to have someone take him out. And yeah I can't afford that but I would gladly give some one all the deer meat as a thank you

    I saw a YouTube of someone using a silky wood saw instead of a bone saw and said ah ha that might work on the cheap
     
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    More and more people are going gutless. It's a lot like filleting a fish. And all you need is a sharp knife and some game bags. When you are done you have all the meat, a minimum of bones, it's all nice and clean, and the skin off the meat so it doesn't spoil. We do elk this way because it's a lot less stuff to carry out.
     
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    North, central or south jersey? Woods and water is full of guys that are willing to help. Most left NJhunter due to the moderation of the site. It's pretty much just a place to run classified ads anymore.
     
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    Got it.

    I'm zoned for area 51 which is central nj
     
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    I'm in gloucester county. I'm heading to NY for bear and deer on the 20th. If you can't find anyone to sit with you but you put one down, I'll come give you a hand gutting and dragging. I'm not too far away. If you're interested shoot me a pm and we can exchange info.

    Donnie
     
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    I thought Area 51 was in Nevada.
     
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    Well according to the map it is suppose to be zone 51 but shoot this is NJ and well it feels more like Area 51 at times.
     
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    Thanks! Thought I was having a senior moment there.
     
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    Always good to plan ahead.

    Try not to over think it though.

    For my first deer I had my hunters education pamphlet, and the thought that "hey it's all connected, food goes in this end, and comes out that end".

    It might have taken me an hour, by I did my first gut job well enough.
     
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    That's only if you're referring to our little interstellar friends... :p
     
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    For me, gutting is the worst part of it. Field dressing isn't all that bad otherwise.
     
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    It's a shame that you aren't closer. We could go out together. But you're pretty good haul away.

    My recommendation is to pick up this book:

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1780214.Dressing_Cooking_Wild_Game

    This is how I learned (along with just doing it). I didn't start hunting deer until I was almost 35, so I had to learn things that others knew as a kid. Dissecti g a bunch of animals in school helped, but it's different. This book is good for showing how to skin and butcher small game, big game and game birds and has some really good recipes as well. I can't recommend it or the whole series of books enough for the beginning hunter.
     
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    I've found the deer from these three states all speak with pretty much the same accent. But sometimes it's difficult to tell.

    Steve
     
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