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Old 09-04-2009, 04:13 AM   #1
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Default Tarsal gland removal ?

This was one of the first things I remember being told to do before you field dress your deer. If not, the meat would be tanted. Do you feel this is necessary or do you feel it's a myth ?
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:38 AM   #2
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myth, I have herd some people like to do that but I don't and I have never had any problems with the meat. All of my inlaws hunt and none of then are under 48 so every time one of them shoots a deer they call me and tell me that they need a fresh back. I drag the deer out for them and I skin and quarter the deer for them never removing the glands, just cutting the leg off above the elbow. I have never had any complaints from them about the quality of the meat.
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:42 AM   #3
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I feel it's a myth as well. If this were going to happen, it would have to be while the animal is alive (circulation). I would think you would stand a better chance of transfering scent from the knife used to remove the glands.
No offense to my elders - I do notice this practice more often by them as I help check deer in during our gun season. My grandfather and dad felt this had to be done.
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:27 AM   #4
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Definatly a myth. I have let deer goe for a few days hanging without skinning them and the meat was always good. I have no idea where that originated from.
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:19 AM   #5
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Myth. I have never done it. I remember my uncle telling me the meat would not be any good if I didn't remove.
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:28 AM   #6
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I have removed a few but not for the meat.

I freeze them and use in the field to attract more domanating bucks and sometimes use the gland from a hot doe.

Actually has work at times.
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I remove them and throw them in a plastic bag...............when I go back out I hang them on a tree limb and I've drawn alot of bucks in that way.
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I remove them and throw them in a plastic bag...............when I go back out I hang them on a tree limb and I've drawn alot of bucks in that way.
Ive done that but I dry them so they don't rot.
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