Friday, January 16, 2015

Venison in the Freezer

Last Friday we took a little trip to Eldorado, TX to pick up the venison from the deer my husband shot a couple of months ago.


This little business, Cactus Deer Processing, processes venison for the hunters in the area, and they are extremely busy this time of year. 


Just in case you are interested, this is a selection of jaw teeth to indicate the age of the deer.



These are mounts on display at the facility.  They also have a resident artist who creates beautiful lampshades from the mesquite that is very plentiful in this part of the country. Note that they also process venison jerky for snacks, also popular in Texas.


If a hunter doesn't have a 'deer blind' constructed in a tree or such, he can buy one of these metal structures to take to some acreage to give him a bird's eye view.

The deer was pretty small, but we brought home some burger, back strap, and sausage. I asked hubby how much it cost per pound, but he just laughed.  One has to consider the cost of ammo (to say nothing of the gun), the travel, the processing fee, etc., don't they?  Evidently not. But it's lean meat and really tasty. It would certainly be sad to not reap any benefit from the hunt!

Happy weekend,

Linda Kay

30 comments:

Hilary said...

super cool!
I'd love to go there!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I love that deer blind!

whiteangel said...

There was a Hotel here that had those 'heads' on their walls! I would sit there eating dinner in the evening and I couldn't look at them. Nothings wrong with them it's just me :)

Tabor said...

Much like gardening...don't ask the price of the tomatoes.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

My son got a deer a couple of weeks ago and they made sausage out of the meat....that's always been our tradition. It tastes so good with those seasonings. ENJOY!!!

Michelle F said...

Hi, Linda Kay!

I love venison.
We are not a family of hunters, but have been able to reap the benefits of friends and wild game dinners.

Our son would enjoy the venison jerky.

Wow, thank you for the quick response to my post :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Venison is good. I LOVE the roasts and burgers. Low in cholesterol too.

I don't think I've ever had sausage that I can recall tho. Hmmmm.

Lin Floyd said...

hunting was a tradition with my grandpa, dad and others but it's lost in the new generation...

Karen S. said...

WooHoo enjoy, sounds like a good way to wait out winter in delicious fashion!

Linda W. said...

My husband hunts elk every year, and it's the best meat! Very lean.

TexWisGirl said...

i have no problem with hunting if it's done for meat. enjoy!

zana said...

I love wild venison, my dad use to hunt. Although his catch was more often wild boar. Enjoy your sausages.

John's Island said...

Wow, neat post. I have never tried deer but one of these days I hope to. I wonder if it is anything like the taste of beef. Have a good weekend.

Gosia k said...

Interesting post at my place hunting for deer is forbidden

Gosia k said...

Interesting post at my place hunting for deer is forbidden

Mike said...

No hunting around my house so the deer are plentiful. I was out late one night in front of the house when a deer bolted from along side the house. It ran in front of me so close I could have reached out and touched it. It stop about 50 feet away from me, turned around and gave me a 'hey you startled me' look.

biebkriebels said...

This an other world for me, i have nothing with hunting and deer meat.

William Kendall said...

I would have no idea where around here such a facility would be, but I imagine somewhere in the valley there has to be something.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Linda; Oh My! This is first for me to hear and I wonder how deer meat taste. Wish to try♪ I never knew the word 'venison' p:-)
Great horn and beautiful animal which (again) I've never seen.

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Tom said...

Those are some impressive racks! Tom The Backroads Traveller

The Furry Gnome said...

We had venison for dinner, a gift from a neighbour. Delicious!

Gail said...

It surely helps the grocery bill with meat in the freezer.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

We used to hunt quite a bit. Love deer meat.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Linda
I see deer in my backyard all the time so you know I was cringing a little reading this. I have no objection for those that hunt to eat the meat, but I could never do it myself after watching them, almost like pets, for the past two years.

Romi C said...

I've never had venison, and I wonder what it tastes like.

Amy at love made my home said...

If you are hunting you have to make use of the meat. You can never quantify hobbies in a financial way! xx

Saucy Kodz said...

Not too much different up here in Atlantic Canada. We have a couple of great butchers that will prepare your meat for you too. I always enjoyed the hunt with my Dad and Brothers. I still go and still look forward to bringing the meat home. You're all right in my book, LindaKay.

Cherdo said...

If I didn't have to clean or process the critter, there's a whole lot of things I'd have in my freezer.

Anvilcloud said...

I don't think I've ever had deer. I have had moose and was not a fan.

Bethany Carson said...

Glad you eat and enjoy your venison! Some hunters in our area get more deer than they want to eat, so they give their extra deer to us to butcher, and some of my family members like the taste.

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