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this was a real bummer but I woulda never thought about it.

So I shoot this Doe but it left no blood and no traceable means of finding it that night... found it the next day with its rear ate out by a possum so I go ahead and field dress it,wash it out with a hose and hang it... fast forward a few days,skin it down and there is Green stripes running through it and it stank..I figure its probably gang green but regardless the meat is ruined. The only thing we could figure was that the bacteria from the Possums mouth spread throughout the rest of the meat. It probably would not of been an issue if the weather had been continuously below freezing or if we would of cut the meat out immediately.

This was the first time I had ever had to leave a deer over night but after reading so many stories on here about letting them lay and seeing them do it on TV I never thought that was an issue,of course no one ever mentioned the meat.

lesson learned. This will be the first year in decades that there has not been deer meat in the freezer but life goes on.,
 

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Horny D
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It happens, man. I watched a buddy shoot a deer in some high grass about 250 yards away, we thought we saw the deer drop but when we got there we couldn't find it. We saw no blood so we didn't search for more then 30 minutes or so.

Couple days later, we were back in that spot and found the big doe laying dead in that high grass probably 10 yards from where she was standing when Brandon shot her. We had simply walked right past her. Her skin and meat had green hues to them, and we had to leave the deer for the coyotes. I never felt so bad about an animal in my life than I did that day.

Like you said, lesson learned! If you need any meat lemme know, I've got a few extra pounds of burger I could probably spare...
 

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Was the green throughout the whole deer? Just wondering because with no heartbeat to spread the infection from any bacteria the opossum introduced, I can't see how that could be. Makes me think that doe had some other wound that had her infected while she was still alive???
 

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[rquote=1490171&tid=104094&author=archer66]Was the green throughout the whole deer? Just wondering because with no heartbeat to spread the infection from any bacteria the opossum introduced, I can't see how that could be. Makes me think that doe had some other wound that had her infected while she was still alive??? [/rquote]

where's the smarty-pants smiley?
 

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bacteria in itself is alive and can move throughout a host with a blood flow....however only one night seems a bit strange. One thing I was always told was to not wash it out with water unless you dry it afterwards.....just my two cents
 
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