|Barked: Fri Nov 30, '12 11:27am PST |
|Hi Jewel . I have butchered quite a few scrapped deer (all the unwanted parts) in the past few years. What you'll receive is generally anything besides back straps and some of the hindquarters (butt roast, sirloin, etc).
A lot of the scrap meat comes from the front legs, and sometimes back legs as well. We've also gotten extremely meaty necks before. All the meat is excellent and safe to feed right away, as long as the innards were removed correctly (they most likely were). You may have also gotten ribs or the whole ribcage.
The ribcage is difficult to split and break into meals, but they make excellent boney meals, and the ribs are thin and easily broken by most any sized dog.
Most hunters will gut all the organs out before hanging the deer, but if you did receive organs then they are a special treat! The heart is perfectly safe to feed, and the liver is fine as well but should be checked for obvious white/light markings (flukes).
You may have gotten feet, which you can use as chews, but I personally tossed them as they are almost all bone and fur.
Have fun! Hunting season is the best! We're hoping our boys bring back a few tomorrow!
Edit: A few more notes... the white hard bits are fat, probably from the spine or ribs. I personally discard it, as I like venison for it's lean quality.
The meat is also delicious for people. It's amazing how tender and tasty venison is, despite what part of the deer it came from. We received a bunch of random meat hunks for cooking last year because the hunter thought it would be "too tough", and it was still more tender than any steak I've eaten!
Edited by author Fri Nov 30, '12 11:29am PST
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