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    mold on deer

    Hello got a question..............

    I have a doe that I shot 13 days ago hanging in a good friends cooler (temperature at about 4 celsius). Unfortunately I have not checked in on it in a few days, and today noticed some what I believe to be mold that is white in colour.
    Has this animal gone bad on me? The last thing I want to do is have and animal that I shot not fit to eat..............

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    Re: mold on deer

    trim it off and get it in the freezer

    hanging wild game for half a month?
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    Re: mold on deer

    Quote Originally Posted by todbartell View Post
    trim it off and get it in the freezer

    hanging wild game for half a month?
    I agree, trim it off and get it cut up and put in the freezer. Should be fine.
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    Re: mold on deer

    13 days is a pretty long time to hang a deer.

    Butcher is right away but before you do give at a wipe down wipe a weak viniger solution. Mould doesn't like low pH environments.

    When youdo butcher it, skin off all the meat that's been exposed to air. A sharp fillet knife works well.

    Had one deer do this to me .... cleaned up nice and tasted fine.

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    Re: mold on deer

    Quote Originally Posted by todbartell View Post
    trim it off and get it in the freezer

    hanging wild game for half a month?
    Like Tod says 13 days is out there. 4-7 days is more than enough. Trim and process pronto. Sounds like some moisture issues maybe, whats the ventilation like? Sounds like it's closed in.

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    Re: mold on deer

    Its out of the cooler and on the cutting table , thanks greatly for the advice ,

    I got some bad advice on how long to hang deer for I guess .......

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    Re: mold on deer

    just wipe it off with a damp cloth, and cut and wrap it, when you hang beef for 21 day's that most people want, it get's mold on it, it's ageing, and all you do is wipe it off, it's ok,, if it's fat it can hang, don't get all worked up about it,,

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    Re: mold on deer

    no it's not bad avice, you will have a nice tender deer to eat,, all hanging is doing is breaking it down, the longer the more aged, i'm not saying to leave it there for ever,, if it's fat you can leave it for awail,, like i said don't get all worked up,, whipe it cut and wrap it, it will be ok,,,, when i hang cured meat to dry it get's all moldy, just wipe it off slice it thin and goes down good with a cold beer,,,,

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    Re: mold on deer

    Good advice ,

    I am very happy that I can salvage the animal as deer is one of my fav meals .....

    I did get so very lucky this past week end to shoot what was to me a very large buck and do not want to screw up the processing on two animals .... ;o)

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    Re: mold on deer

    The only thing I hang is wet clothes. The best Deer I've ever eaten was still warm and twitching when we put it in the pan. More importantly is to cool it down and put some air on it (moving air - as in a fan) and a couple days is enough. Strong or gamey meat won't improve with hanging imo. Hanging to thoroughly cool the meat makes butchering easier - it sort of solidifies. Cleanliness is also to be considered - avoid cross contamination.

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