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JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior MemberPosts: 8,227 Senior Member
When I was a kid, I remember some of the old timers talk about shooting a young doe for camp meat. The idea being to eat it while in camp on an extended hunt.

Has anyone else heard of this practice? I don't know if those old guys actually did this, but if they did, it had to be done illegally.

Just curious.
Jerry

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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,799 Senior Member
    I've done a variation of that several times back in Louisiana. It was legal, of course, since you were allowed 6 deer a year and probably 75% of the hunting days were designated "either sex".

    Being single at the time, I couldn't personally use more than 2 deer a year, so I'd occasionally pop a young doe (or an old one, for that matter), so we could have at least one feast in camp.

    Once, while doing "doe cleanup" on a high$$ lease in south Texas, I was told if it was a doe, shoot it. There were only 4 of us hunting that weekend, but the other 3 were members after trophy bucks. I was a tag-along, given the dubious title "nanny whacker".

    I whacked 3 that weekend, but the one I remember most was one that weighed about 60 lbs on the hoof. Five of us ate the entire critter that night. No one else fired a shot that day, so although I didn't shoot a trophy, the trophy hunters seemed pretty pleased with dinner.

    Mike
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,442 Senior Member
    When I think back to when I was young, the old timers talking about when they were young, was several years ago from today. I bet it was perfectly legal back then, even if there were many rules and regulations.
    My late ex FIL was a lad back during the depression, i doubt anyone gave rules regarding food much of a thought.
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    I remember people talking about camp meat. I also remember hearing game warden's opinions on camp meat. Their words, "Aint no such thing as camp meat. You shoot it, you tag it. then take it home, all of it and process it. If you're caught in camp with venison you could be fined." In other words you're not allowed an extra deer to eat off of in camp.
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    My grandpa and his boyhood friends ran traps north of Calumet in Michigan's upper peninsula in the 1920's-30's. My Dad told me he's pretty sure the ate what they caught if it was possible, as the times and place was pretty lean. He has some old photo's of them, and everyone is pretty thin.

    I've had grouse and squirrel at deer camp as well as parts of back strap and occasionally liver. I've not heard stories of deer taken specifically for camp meat until this thread, but the world was vastly different in the past.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,701 Senior Member
    My camp meat is Spam. Tastes good, doesn't need to be broiled, but put it between two slices of bread. No one ever got tagged by a game warden for Possession of Spam.
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,799 Senior Member
    Gene L wrote: »
    My camp meat is Spam. Tastes good, doesn't need to be broiled, but put it between two slices of bread. No one ever got tagged by a game warden for Possession of Spam.

    I think I read somewhere that Man shall not live by Spam alone.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,799 Senior Member
    But this thread takes me back a few decades.....

    My Dad and his business partner were avid squirrel hunters. Every year we'd (meaning I got to go), boat deep into Morango Swamp for 10 days of squirrel hunting. Our "leaving home" rations were always the same...
    Two 5lb sticks of bologna, 4 loaves of white bread, 5 lbs of yellow onions, 20 lbs of potatoes, and two fifths of 10 year old Old Charter. For me, I was allowed a six pack of Coke, but it's hard to make 6 Cokes last 10 days in early October in the deep south. I drank a lot of swamp water cured with a drop or two of Chlorox.

    By day three or four about all that was left was maybe an onion and a few pounds of potatoes. That's when the squirrel hunting got serious and we became very dedicated and lethal. We never came home with squirrels for the same reason we never came home with a robin or whatever. One year, my Dad shot a feral hog that was ruined during the cooking because it wasn't fit to eat in the first place. We enjoyed it mightily.


    I'm too soft nowadays to do that kind of hunt, but I'm forever grateful that at one time in my life I did, and was so allowed.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,916 Senior Member
    Have done variations of such.
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Have done variations of such.

    I heard of one guy who ate a javelin, or tried to.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,701 Senior Member
    When I was young, carving a steak or 2 off of a deer or elk was pretty common but that's as far as camp meat went. Later in life when I discovered just how yummy deer or elk heart wrapped in bacon and pan fried was, that became camp meat.

    Sako
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,226 Senior Member
    When I first started hunting deer in MI you could buy a "deer for camp" permit but the state has since done away with it....not sure when...still had to be a buck though
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,200 Senior Member
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    I heard of one guy who ate a javelin, or tried to.

    That like sword swallowing?
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,916 Senior Member
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    I heard of one guy who ate a javelin, or tried to.

    Worst “camp meat” ever.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,200 Senior Member
    I've eaten javelina and so has Clean it is not bad; in fact I liked it and if Clean ate it, that is proof in the pudding.

    It is all about being careful and taking care of the meat after shooting it----same with any animal.
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Worst “camp meat” ever.

    I agree. My ex-BIL shot a big javelina boar one year, and we tried to eat it. Didn't even mange to swallow a piece. The hindquarters from young ones and sows are pretty good, though.

    BTW Ned, try typing javelina in a thread and see what spell check does. It took me three tries before it quit correcting me and changing the word to javelin.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,200 Senior Member
    Mine kept changing on me as well; but, if ya give up ya gotta expect the heat you will get.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,556 Senior Member
    According to the MN DNR CO's I have talked to, the practice is alive and well. We will always have venison fondue in camp if we get one soon enough in the season, always tagged.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,916 Senior Member
    Admit shooting the biggest boar in the bunch was not the best choice. But still.









    I’d rather eat a skunk.
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    When I first started hunting deer in MI you could buy a "deer for camp" permit but the state has since done away with it....not sure when...still had to be a buck though
    Yep. Actually, I seem to recall that they were allowed one doe for camp meat-- I think they had to apply for the permit as a hunting party.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,916 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    I know people. I can make this happen.

    Dude, pass at least 3 a day on the side of the road.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    I know several people that eat Javelina, and claim it's pretty good. But they tell me you got to remove a couple of glands in the back and you gotta know exactly where they are and be careful not to cut them, you gotta cut around them. If you shoot these glands the animal is toast as far as food goes. If you leave em in the animal they make it go bad or taste bad. I have no clue as I have never killed one. But most people that eat them know exactly how to remove those glands.

    I have eaten Javelina Sausage, but again, the people that killed them and made the sausage took the glands out as soon as they recovered the animal after shooting.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,720 Senior Member
    I had not heard that term in a long while and I do not know anyone that practiced it. The only camp meat I have ever eaten was squirrels and the tenderloins of a legally harvested and tagged deer. robin
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  • shooter10mmshooter10mm Member Posts: 215 Member
    Camp meat...? Sounds kinda like my prom date!! Hahahaa! :love:
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  • shooter10mmshooter10mm Member Posts: 215 Member
    LoL...but seriously I never knew a problem existed elsewhere. First brown animal on opening day to be seen is grill fodder!! We're grilling backstraps and cutting hams into chunks to deep fry, kinda sets the tone for the season and camaraderie for the weekend!
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,916 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    I can get you live ones. Shipping may be an issue though.

    Not for me.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,226 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    I know several people that eat Javelina, and claim it's pretty good. But they tell me you got to remove a couple of glands in the back and you gotta know exactly where they are and be careful not to cut them, you gotta cut around them. If you shoot these glands the animal is toast as far as food goes. If you leave em in the animal they make it go bad or taste bad. I have no clue as I have never killed one. But most people that eat them know exactly how to remove those glands.

    I have eaten Javelina Sausage, but again, the people that killed them and made the sausage took the glands out as soon as they recovered the animal after shooting.

    You can get around that by using "Peccary" instead....
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    Here is from the Michigan DNR.... they did allow one buck for camp meat. Except for 1941... then it was either sex for that year only.

    http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10363_10856_10905-28543--,00.html#REINSTATEMENT_OF_ANTLERLESS_DEER_HUNTING

    I thought I read that somewhere!
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  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,995 Senior Member
    when I was a kid just starting to ACTUALLY hunt, instead of just being there, I remember an old fella from Arkansas, he mentioned several times it used to be the norm to go bust a doe for camp meat, and how silly it was he couldn't shoot all the does he saw all day.

    Now for freshly killed game, tagged, eaten right away...well nothing will beat the tenderloins jbohio cooked up. That was melt in the mouth stuff right there. And after the day we had getting that SOB off the mountain, he tasted extra good just out of spite
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,815 Senior Member
    My first deer hunt was in Colorado with my uncle and my dad, on private land. My uncle shot a small doe within an hour of our setting up camp, and we ate the back strap and one haunch during the course of our 5 days there. This was 1966, I was 15, and I assume he tagged it, because we did not get ticketed at the checkpoint, on our way home. He called it camp meat, and it seemed to be standard procedure for him. He hunted there every year, during that era.
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    The whole "camp meat" concept for me varried according to where I was and who I was hunting with. When I was a kid hunting in Wisconsin, we would eat the heart and liver on the day of a kill but aside from field dressing, the deer had to stay intact until it reached it's final destination so venison camp meat was out but we did eat quite a bit of rabbit and squirrel. When I hunted in Texas, everyone I hunted with took their deer to a processor and didn't eat any game at camp. In Alabama, only bucks get tagged and you can shoot a doe every day and there are no restrictions on cutting up a deer at camp so chicken fried backstrap was a common dinner entree. In Florida, I hunt from home so there is no "camp".
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
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