Yep I'll make some for me and the dogs, herself isn't a fan of the stuff. Herself as usual was all "oh what a shame" and all the rest of the guff they spout over hunted animals. She doesn't seem to have a problem shoveling the meat down her neck though come dinner time.
Next week will be all tears again as well when it comes time to slaughter and butcher one of the cattle.
Her being female who the feck knows what goes through that brain of hers. I told her once years ago that it's not a good idea to name them and get attached to them. Well the one she calls Molly is for the bullet next week and she's not happy about it.
Do you hang game carcases before butchering to mature or isn't it the right thing to do? I'd have thought a beast like an elk would need some hanging time. If so how long for the species you can hunt?
Keeping livestock and not slaughtering at the right time isn't just damn silly, it's bordering on negligent. Every stock farmer I've ever known has feelings about slaughter, but managing the stock keeps the herd healthy.
Around here mate it's unwise and can be dangerous to hang game for any length of time unless one wants bears trying to break windows or doors to get at it. Even if stored in a locked building bears, have a better nose than a bloodhound when it comes to finding meat and will do a lot of damage to get at it.
Also due to their size and weight, elk have to be dressed out and cut up where they fall and then packed out and one has to keep a wary eye out for the alpha predators and keep ones firearm very close to hand while butchering.
You're preaching to the choir here mate, I don't get attached to the livestock. Herself on the other hand, well I reckon it must be maternal thing when they see newborns, even livestock. I keep my cattle and other livestock in the best conditions I possibly can and try and ensure they have the best life possible until they leave us.
Dealing with the bears nose makes a lot of sense, they really are massive, strong with abundant teeth and claws. Not like you're driving up in a truck for your kill. Thanks for the info, not that many bears in the wilds of Yorkshire, it hadn't occurred to me.
I can't say I'm surprised you write like you do about the livestock, it's the same in every farmer I've ever known.
I think only for Black Bears. I know some folks would like to bait the pest deer to places where they could be easily dispatched but I don't think it has passed at all.I don't recall off hand and I can't be arrsed looking, is baiting legal in Wy?
I think only for Black Bears. I know some folks would like to bait the pest deer to places where they could be easily dispatched but I don't think it has passed at all.
We have hung around salt licks that ranchers have thrown out for cattle, and seen some wildlife approach them. But normally it is walk and glass or find a game trail or watering hole that is heavily used and stalk it.
But honestly the only time I have seen anybody bait anything is the FIL on his property in NC.
I think only for Black Bears.