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wllm

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Literally the worst. I used Steve’s once… never again, ever ever again. I used Merrill’s in Carbon county wyoming once and they were alright.

Maybe it’s a fluke, but I’ve used a processor twice, maybe 3 times I can’t remember, and those are the only animals I’ve ever shot that tasted weird. Living on the front range will turn you into a competent diy processor real fast.

My wife is okay with it too. But there is some fresh post partum anxiety around baby health still so she’s much more sensitive to anything being done in the kitchen. Minus some quick rinsing in the sink here and there to clean pieces, it’s a full blown garage in the cold process. Also quite nice to have our current weather for some makeshift meat-hanging on the step ladder.

I thoroughly love and admittedly also loathe this part of hunting. Trying to do all this with limited time this week and a baby is making it lean heavy on the loathe side tho.

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I took my grind piles to the Cleaver occasionally, everything else Hotchkiss meats. I’m sure there some other western slope process that are decent as well. Definitely understand going to WY.

I’ve never had anyone in CO that was as good as the Bozeman processors, even like Yellowstone meats was noticeably better, and they weren’t even close to the best. There was this guy in big timber that made killer sausages…

I cut and wrapped 2 caribou in AK this fall, we had 3 guys did them each in a couple hours. Super enjoyable, cutting and wrapping solo sucks.
 

Freakmagnet

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I’m learning some important lessons on how to set expectations and how to be crystal clear with one’s spouse on how much extra time is involved with processing an animal after you get back from hunting when discussing time away for hunting when you have an 8 week old.

I mean, this is my 8th animal processed while married so shouldn’t be any surprises on the time required. Everything is different with a baby tho

Communications is key, as always.

Too bad the processor down the road is full up.
Make her help!
Or not be nice!
 

TOGIE

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Make her help!
Or not be nice!

The fact that I get to sit out in the cold garage with a glass of whisky and some butcher knives for hours on end while she cleans bottles changes diapers and feeds means DON’T POKE THE DRAGON

If she didn’t just absolutely love mule deer meat I’d hate to think how all this would be going
 

Hunter4Life78

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Maybe Put a pellet stove in the garage or some form of heat source take little one out with you. Or debone in garage and ask to grind and cut in kitchen. Make it a family affair. Memories made processing are just as great as hunting ones.
 

Jbotto

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Literally the worst. I used Steve’s once… never again, ever ever again. I used Merrill’s in Carbon county wyoming once and they were alright.

Maybe it’s a fluke, but I’ve used a processor twice, maybe 3 times I can’t remember, and those are the only animals I’ve ever shot that tasted weird. Living on the front range will turn you into a competent diy processor real fast.

My wife is okay with it too. But there is some fresh post partum anxiety around baby health still so she’s much more sensitive to anything being done in the kitchen. Minus some quick rinsing in the sink here and there to clean pieces, it’s a full blown garage in the cold process. Also quite nice to have our current weather for some makeshift meat-hanging on the step ladder.

I thoroughly love and admittedly also loathe this part of hunting. Trying to do all this with limited time this week and a baby is making it lean heavy on the loathe side tho.

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I feel you right now. 7 month old, I shot two does on Saturday and the temps have been awesome for hanging in a cold garage. Finally got the hide off Wednesday night and all still looks good. Don’t generally like to leave it on that long. Hoping to cut them up Saturday/Sunday. My family comes next week for Thanksgiving…. So I really am not supposed to be cutting these up….. She knows how much it means to me and had been pushing me to go hunting the last few weekends. God bless her.
 

TOGIE

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even doing euros is a lot harder with a baby. whoda thunk right?

gonna have to stop after the initial cook and clean. saran wrap as i'm assuming i don't want it to dry out before the next cook tomorrow night. i've never had to pause a euro before halfway through, maybe it doesn't matter 🤷‍♂️

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Wild Bill

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Trying to do all this with limited time this week and a baby is making it lean heavy on the loathe side tho.
I feel ya. I had this scenario this weekend, except my boy is a little over 2 now and has never ran out of energy and I was trying to process my buck while my pregnant wife was trying to paint in the basement. It's going to be a PITA for a few more years, I suspect. It's worth it though. He helps me package and likes to pull tape and scribble on the packages. Enjoy it all.
 

TOGIE

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I feel ya. I had this scenario this weekend, except my boy is a little over 2 now and has never ran out of energy and I was trying to process my buck while my pregnant wife was trying to paint in the basement. It's going to be a PITA for a few more years, I suspect. It's worth it though. He helps me package and likes to pull tape and scribble on the packages. Enjoy it all.

i do feel bad. I think it was just kinda forgotten by both parties (my wife and I) that actually shooting an animal while hunting practically doubles the time commitment. we were okay with me going hunting for 4 total days and it was understood that my wife was the only one taking care of baby, but shooting an animal kinda turns it into 8 days when accounting for everything else when you get home.
 

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