Before I let you look at this post, I must give you a warning.
If you fall under any of the following categories, DO NOT READ THIS POST.
Afraid of the sight of blood
Afraid of the sight of "dead animals"
Have a phobia of butcher shops
Don't know where meat comes from
Think meat comes from a grocery store....
Then don't look at the post.
But if you understand hunting and the process that goes with it, go right ahead and read the post.
You have been warned.
As you know, my husband had a successful hunt over the weekend.
But once the hunters come home...the real work begins.
Hauling her out of the truck.
And into the garage. Even field dressed, she still weighed close to 200 lbs.
And then the skinning.
Ideally, you would hang the game animal up, it is much easier that way. But that wasn't really an option this time.
Phone pic...I had to run a quick errand while the guys worked on her. Josh's grin was priceless.
Hickory was incredibly interested in what was going on out there in the garage. He kept coming to the door and sniffing. Then when we would carry things to the kitchen, he would chase after us, sniffing the air.
As hams...shoulders...and backstraps came into the house, I worked on the meat, preparing it for the freezer.
This is a very long process, but in the end it is so very worth it.
Trivia: The winter fur of Caribou is made up of hollow hairs. The air in the hair not only insulates the animal from the extreme cold, but in the Spring break-up, acts as a life-preserver when they cross rivers and such.
Isn't that cool?