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The Best Venison Is What You Harvest

Every effort should be made to ensure your harvested deer gets the treatment it deserves.

The Best Venison Is What You Harvest

The author's husband, Rick Wheatley, shoots a young doe during the 2018 muzzleloader deer season in Nebraska. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley)

Trophy hunters are going to be trophy hunters, and meat hunters are going to be meat hunters. If you kill it, then you should eat it. As a hunter, that's the rule I try to live by.

Whichever kind of hunter you are (maybe both) every effort should be made to ensure your harvested deer gets the treatment it deserves.

The best venison is the one you shoot, whether it’s a 1½-year-old or a rutting 4-year-old buck. In the kitchen, each animal will require different treatments.

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Those who don't enjoy cooking may stop reading here, but those who still hold the connection between hunting and food sacred, will rise to the challenge. It's...

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