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Here are a lot of great arguments and even some interesting studies about life without meat.
Whether we are talking about vegetarianism or veganism it would seem that meat is not as necessary to human life as we once thought.
Still, it’s so tasty. Whether we are talking about meat from birds, cows, pigs or deer it’s all great. If you are killing your own meat you know there are some steps you must take to get the most out of that meat.
Don’t butcher your deer today if you don’t have too. You are battling rigor mortis and that takes 12-24 hours to come and go. If you freeze meat that is in this state it will be worthless for anything but ground venison.
Now is a good time to break your deer down. You might need to do some manipulating of the deer to get to this point. If you have to wait this long and the temperatures aren’t cooperating, well, you may have to ice the inside of the carcass or even hang it in a fridge.
Day 5-8 (ideal conditions)
This is the sweet spot that most hunters are after. At this point, things are going about as well as they can. This is the most ideal time foraging and tenderizing meat.
Beyond day 14, assuming temps have been on your side, mid-30s, you are basically doing yourself no favors. It’s now or never. From here you are either air-drying meat but most likely just growing mold on good food you worked hard to get home.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.