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how long will rigor mortis typically last on a deer? I usually can get mine cleaned before it sets in, but the reason I ask, is the other day a deer was hit on a road I drive frequently. It laid stiff as a bone for 4 days. Usually the deer I see on the side last a day, at most.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

I think that on average, rigor mortis should have subsided within 24 hours. Is it possible that the roadside kill that you saw could have been frozen?

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from 1Browning2 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

90 degree highs and 60 degree lows? I think frozen is out of the question :)

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from 1Browning2 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

90 degree highs and 60 degree lows? I think frozen is out of the question

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

did the deer appear to be made out of foam, or to have eaten a bag of cement before dieing?

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from Moose1980 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Once they start bloating the appear really stiff, just don't pop it!

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

As long as the weather is cool enough, I try to hang deer until the rigor mortis subsides. It makes the meat much more tender and tasty. For me, that is usually four or five days in average temps around 40 degrees. You can tell when they are hanging... their legs relax and drop to their sides. I leave the hide on and skin them after R.M. subsides. That way, you have to trim less mold off the exterior of the meat. I know that to the uninitiated, this sound gross but that is what happens with aged meat. Mold can easily be trimmed off the exterior and the meat is much more tender. Venison benefits from this treatment much more than any other meat I have eaten.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

As long as the weather is cool enough, I try to hang deer until the rigor mortis subsides. It makes the meat much more tender and tasty. For me, that is usually four or five days in average temps around 40 degrees. You can tell when they are hanging... their legs relax and drop to their sides. I leave the hide on and skin them after R.M. subsides. That way, you have to trim less mold off the exterior of the meat. I know that to the uninitiated, this sound gross but that is what happens with aged meat. Mold can easily be trimmed off the exterior and the meat is much more tender. Venison benefits from this treatment much more than any other meat I have eaten.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

I think that on average, rigor mortis should have subsided within 24 hours. Is it possible that the roadside kill that you saw could have been frozen?

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from 1Browning2 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

90 degree highs and 60 degree lows? I think frozen is out of the question :)

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from 1Browning2 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

90 degree highs and 60 degree lows? I think frozen is out of the question

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

did the deer appear to be made out of foam, or to have eaten a bag of cement before dieing?

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from Moose1980 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Once they start bloating the appear really stiff, just don't pop it!

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