lets say by some God given miracle i get a deer. My parents are forcing me to send this, but I have faith in you guys. After i dress it and everything, will i have to take the meat to be processed? I know my parents are ok with me taking home some backstraps and some meat but not a ton. therefore, others are welcome to it as well. They are also very concerned with ice and freezing. Also, it would be my first deer. Something i want to mount for sure. Assuming I pay for a mount, I'm thinking camo dipped euro unless its a bruiser. haha. OH, neat idea for anyone! i'm sure its been thought of but a cut out of indiana on wood, then stained and the county that it was harvested in burnt into the wood. then mount the skull on it. thank you, i promise i don't ask as many questions in person. haha. looking forward to meeting all of you guys. You'll see me in my bowhunter to the core shirt with a .44 magnum in the truck oh well
Good to be concerned about your hunt. If you kill a deer, then the meat you make is yours. You'll have several options: 1. you could take it to a processor in Vincennes, 2. you can take it home to a processor, 3. you can hang it in camp, and process it yourself with help from the fellows in camp. Or 4, you could donate the deer to Hunters for the Hungry
If you do 1 or 2, it'll cost you close to $100 probably. If you do 3, you'll need a cooler to take home the boned out meat. If it's a buck and you want it mounted, you'll need to take the head and cape to your taxidermist. If you want to do the euro, then you just need to take the head.
In other words, you need to let your parents read this, and let them help you decide what you want to do. If you do 3, you'll get about 50 to 75 lbs of meat, all boned out. You could grind your own burger or discard the scraps for the yotes. If you do 4, you'll have no meat but will be helping the hungry program.
If you do 3, you can take the loins, front shoulders, and the rear quarters. The rest is normally used as burger meat or coyote food.
The head and cape need to go directly to your taxidermist or salted down or frozen soon after you kill it.
You can bring a cooler, or some money and go to Walmart when and if you kill something. It's not going to be hot, but not too cool either, so you'll have to do something the day of the kill or the next morning at the latest.
Sounds like you may be short on freezer space. I'd forego getting a head/shoulder mount done and buy a small freezer that will handle up to a couple deer. Sam's Club has them on sale, a 5 cubic foot for around 150 and a 7 cubic foot for about 175. Just a thought for those that don't have room in their regular house fridge/freezer.
You can also look on Craig's list for freezers. I bought a good size upright for ~$70 a year ago. It put 2 bucks in it last year, with some leftover from the previous year, and could have easily fit 2 or 3 does in it, too.
You can process the meat/have the meat processed and donate it to food banks/homeless shelters/domestic abuse shelters/etc... they love these donations, but they don't have the means to process the meat themselves.
Butchering a deer isn't hard, but it is time consuming, especially if you don't have an experienced individual to guide you. You would also need to find someone with a grinder. I'm sure you could find someone here that would be willing to help.