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Blackcreekchp
11-19-2007, 12:00 PM
I was wondering what are the suggested ways to properly dispose of the deer carcass after cleaning?

banc123
11-19-2007, 01:12 PM
I'm always amazed at how fast something is taken care of by mother nature. An animal the size of a deer or large dog is pretty much gone within 3-5 days in our area. Buzzards for the most part. The optimal method would be burry it, but unless you go deep, something might just dig it up. I've triple bagged it in extra strength garbage bags and put it out with the regular trash and I've dumped it in a remote area on our property and its gone within days.

Interesting ? , look forward to other responses.

FL Forester
11-19-2007, 03:26 PM
We tried to bury them for a couple of years. It is hard to dig a hole deep enough with a shovel to keep something from digging them up. Now we just use one of the dead end roads on our lease that is out of the way and dump them. They are gone in 2-3 days.

dodger
11-19-2007, 03:34 PM
I dig a hole about 10 ft deet an when i kill something i cover it an so on an so on untill i fill the hole. Trachoe or backhoe works great for the hole

asmith
11-19-2007, 03:35 PM
If leaving on top of the ground, a place where the sun can get to it speeds up the process. Flies will find it quickly and maggots will go to work. The odor quickly attracts buzzards, coyotes, and DOGS. But as said it will be fairly well gone in a few days.

dodger
11-19-2007, 03:41 PM
If leaving on top of the ground, a place where the sun can get to it speeds up the process. Flies will find it quickly and maggots will go to work. The odor quickly attracts buzzards, coyotes, and DOGS. But as said it will be fairly well gone in a few days.

Hope none of those DOGS get leptoperosis from rats.

ZHfarms
11-19-2007, 04:56 PM
We have about an 8' deep wash, right on the edge of our timber that juts out into our CRP ground. We dump all carcases in it, and they are usually gone in a matter of days. Between the 'yotes and the turkey buzzards, it's gone quick.

bowhuntah
11-19-2007, 05:24 PM
I dumped a couple in my back yard and the Turkey Vulchers hung around for days. My neighbor was freaking out because she thought they would swoop down and carry her dogs away. She has 3 Yellow Labs:D

wolc123
11-19-2007, 08:15 PM
I put everything in a pile 125 in the field about 125 yards behind the house. I have shot a lot of coyotes from the house at night while they fed from that pile. Lots of fun and I heard that fur prices were up this year so also profitable.

EatDeer
11-20-2007, 10:56 AM
I hate feeding coyotes unless its lead for dinner. I throw what I have left in the garbage can. I put the rib cage in my chicken pen and shoot about three possums a night. Baiting possums rule!

sandbur
11-20-2007, 02:11 PM
I would encourgae putting the double bagged carcass in the garbage or else disposing of it on the property where it was shot. Disposing of carcasses on other properties can cause the transfer of diseases like CWD or TB.

fshafly2
11-20-2007, 08:25 PM
CWD and TB are not problems (yet) here in MD. Here is a photo essay of what came to a boned out deer carcass (part 1) over a 24 hr period:

Red-shouldered hawk:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/fshafly2/redtailhawk.jpg

Black vultures:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/fshafly2/BlackBuzzards.jpg

A grey fox (rare to see them in daylight on my farm):
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/fshafly2/GreyFoxindaylight.jpg

A pair of greys came around several times during the night:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/fshafly2/GreyFoxes.jpg

(continued in the next reply)

-fsh

fshafly2
11-20-2007, 08:33 PM
A red fox several times over the night:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/fshafly2/redfox.jpg

The red fox dragged the carcass out of view of the camera. Some crows came early in the am:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/fshafly2/crow.jpg

An eagle then showed up (actually, a pair of eagles were first on the carcass, but I spooked them off when I went to set up the camera):

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/fshafly2/BaldEagle.jpg

And turkey buzzards showed up earlier, but I like this guy's pose:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/fshafly2/TurkVulture.jpg

So, moral of the story: lots of critters are waiting for you to serve dinner, lol.

-fsh

Bnhpr
11-20-2007, 09:00 PM
Bury it in manure. Feed the worms.

Freeze it down, out on a frozen lake and shoot coyotes off it.

Side Hill Growler
11-21-2007, 10:49 AM
I've got an old recipe for deer carcass casserole here somewhere. I feed it to flatlanders. I usually serve moose turd pie for desert.

bhanks55
11-21-2007, 12:11 PM
Hope none of those DOGS get leptoperosis from rats.

can you please elaborate? I assume you are talking about leptospirosis? Rats?

sagittarius
11-21-2007, 01:03 PM
When I lived within city limits, and butchered in my garage, they would be put out at the curb. Heavy duty construction garbage bags work the best. Legs removed, sawed once. Two cuts on the spine above and below the rib cage. Small deer plus scraps would fit into two bags, large deer into three. AT the curb, no one knows what is inside the bags. Wait to put them out the morning of or dogs and critters will find it over night.

Now living in a rural area, I put the carcasses on brush piles that get burned every few months. Nothing is left, and they are far enough away not to smell. When we can butcher in deer camp, the carcasses are either burned or dragged off to a far corner of the woods.

dodger
11-21-2007, 03:25 PM
can you please elaborate? I assume you are talking about leptospirosis? Rats?

I had a very good bluetick puppy that got it from the local club dumping guts on the edge of their property an ours. Thousands of dollars went into tryin to keep him alive an get him better. We had to shoot him in the head in the end. We had a serious talk about what they were doing an decided if it happened again someone would end up in jail. The dog had got bit by a rat in which he caught it. Very sad to watch him go out like that. There was a thread not long ago about this same subject.

Anderson
11-23-2007, 01:40 PM
fshafly2, awesome; thanks! I may try that at my place this year; never thought of a trail camera on a carcass or gutpile.

pinwheel
11-23-2007, 02:26 PM
I do what fishfly done. Return it to the land it was taken from & let the predators eat it. Cool pics Fish.

dogdoc
11-23-2007, 04:04 PM
we have enough yotes to clean up a deer in a few days.

Thayer.qdma
11-23-2007, 10:31 PM
Takes less than two weeks to have only a bit of hair left on the ground...

Like the camera idea!

hunting1
11-24-2007, 05:56 AM
I started composting deer scraps 4 yrs ago..its the best thing I've found..it makes the best 'dirt' you have ever seen..and no smell at all...The composted parts are used for gardens and spread on a couple of green fields. Here is a link on how to build

http://www.aces.edu/timelyinfo/ForestryWildlife/2003/October/timely%20deer%20composter.pdf

Bnhpr
11-24-2007, 07:29 AM
I started composting deer scraps 4 yrs ago..its the best thing I've found..it makes the best 'dirt' you have ever seen..and no smell at all...The composted parts are used for gardens and spread on a couple of green fields. Here is a link on how to build

http://www.aces.edu/timelyinfo/ForestryWildlife/2003/October/timely%20deer%20composter.pdf

When I was a boy, we buried dead cows in the manure/compost pile, away from the barn. The bones are all you ever find, and they are very soft. This works well with deer also.

I throw the pieces, guts etc, in my bucket tractor, and dump them by my manure pile, I keep these days for my garden. Then I just put a scoop of poop over them.

Makes good soil, I agree.

Ben