How do I use the 24-hour drop off?
It is an honor system – an unlocked facility. Be sure never to leave a trophy buck. We have never had anything stolen but why tempt a game thief? If your animal is whole, you simply drag it into the cooler and then use the provided tags to write your name and phone number on and hook it through the animal’s ear. If the animal is quartered, there are grey tubs which you unload it into and once again write your name and number on the tag and place on top of the meat. We will call you the following morning for processing instructions.
How many steaks should I get per hindquarter?
6 to 8 1/2 inch steaks are normal.
How is my backstrap cleaned and how many steaks should I expect?
We realize this is the prime cut of your deer, please watch the video on our website to see exactly how our experienced processors handle the important cut.
Is my meat keep separate from the other orders?
YES- We realize this is a major concern of all hunters. Please refer to our video on this website to see how we handle this. You may also ask for a tour of our facility at any time.
How do you prefer I bring my deer in?
You may bring it in with the skin on, however, you should always put ice bags inside the cavity and wrap the animal in a tarp. There is an additional charge of $15 dollars for us to skin the deer. You can also bring it in quartered and on ice. We will unload your deer and rinse and return your cooler. If you quarter your deer we suggest you bring in all pieces, including the neck, ribs, and shanks in order to get the most yield from your animal. There is no additional charge for us to process these pieces.
Once a deer is on the ground, it’s crucial to field dress it as soon as possible. Most hunters can do a passable job of extracting most of the viscera, but many leave the chore incomplete. You have to split the pelvis and get everything out. Also, make sure you do not break the bladder and get the contents inside the deer.
If the deer was gut shot or otherwise hit in an area that produced a lot of tissue damage, it’s best to trim away any damaged flesh.
If the deer is headed for a commercial processor, it is wise to leave the skin on the animal. Many hunters think that removing the skin is important in keeping the animal cool; however, it is just as effective to put a stick between the ribs and prop the body cavity open to allow the deer to cool from the inside out. Also, if a hunter hasn’t skinned many deer, he can end up getting a lot of hair on the animal and that’s not good. A processor can usually skin much cleaner than a hunter simply because we have much more experience.
If the temperature is warm as it seems to be most opening weekends and many other weekends here in Texas, it is OK to skin the animal as long as you keep it cool. It needs to either be hanging in a commercial cooler or quartered and placed on ice.
When the successful hunter is heading home during warm weather, keeping the animal cool is very important. The best tactic is to take the field dressed deer and fill its body cavity with several bags of ice, then wrap it with a tarp and store it in the bed of the truck or trailer for the trip home. The deer should stay cool for five to six hours this way, which gives most hunters plenty of time to get home.
Remember, for the best tasting venison, proper care is the first and most important step!
How long does it take to process my deer?
Your deer are checked in using a numerical order and that is also the way we process them. We encourage you to give instructions at the time of drop off. Usual processing time is 10 days to 2 weeks, although it is usually finished sooner. If we haven’t called you within 2 weeks please check with us – the order may be ready.
Can I mix my deer and hog together?
We do not mix your deer and hog together. We guarantee everything that we make with your venison and our domestic pork. You can never be assured of the flavor of the wild hog. We process your wild hog and make it into sausage for $2.00 lb. You can also add beef with your wild hog or mix it with domestic pork to
make it more flavorful. When it is mixed with beef or pork the pricing is the same as when we mix your deer with pork or beef.
Is a deposit required?
Yes, we ask for a $20.00 deposit at the time of drop off.