The hide is still in the freezer. I talked with our friendly local taxidermist and he said it should keep for about a year frozen, so given current finances and indecision i'm going to keep it thru next years season. If I get a bigger deer I'll send that skin off, or if I'm feeling flush both.
Eaten quite a few more of those small roasts since - delicious. Made burgers from some of the ground for Easter family grill-out and was told they were the best burgers ever by someone in the extended family:-).
Definitely! And can I say this (again) to all of you who grew up shooting and hunting: there are few more important things you could do to preserve gun rights and the tradition of hunting than spending your time introducing someone new to shooting and hunting. And I don't just mean your kids and grandkids (i'd hope that's a given) or the kid next door. As our societies across the West get more and more urbanized, less and less people grow up experiencing responsible shooting and hunting. America is behind Western Europe in that respect- but heading the same way.Kudos to your friends also for their aid and assistance the way they did that.
So- invite the new guy at the office who's just moved out from the City to the range one day. Or the immigrant (like me) from a country where gun ownership is highly regulated and rare in normal middle-class society. Spend your own money on ammo, and be patient with stupid questions.
I would never have got into shooting if friends hadn't taken me out shooting with their guns and ammo several times in my first year. My first (and for a long time only) gun was sold to me at a knock-down price by a relative. I would never have gone hunting if I hadn't been invited by someone who asked permission from the landowner for me to hunt with them and walked me to the best places and "set me up". (and didn't lose their temper when I took a foolish shot and scared the deer my 2nd or 3rd time out)
Now I've got the hunting bug, own 4 guns, have called politicians over gun-rights issues and am about to start reloading.
Seriously: No amount of money donated to the NRA or GOA will do as much for the future of gun rights, shooting and hunting in the USA as one person converted from being anti-gun, or just not caring, to a keen shooter and hunter.
That's the plan! My daughter (4) already seems to like eating "daddy's deer" :-) And I certainly plan to hunt for the rest of my life if at all possible!Hope you continue for the rest of your life and teach your children the same skills and your enjoyment of the experience.