so how many do there own venison processing? i learned from a veteran meat butcher and processor. i am thinking of doing a post on how to butcher a deer when / if i get one lol,. but i hunt for venison so i wont be waiting on a big buck. i just ordered a sweet venison ham curing kit. it will cure 20lbs so i will be doing a whole boneless smoked round ham. the whole rear rump/leg. it will be a first for deer ham. supposed to be great. i make my own fresh brats, snack sticks, and summer sausage. in fact i just ate some summer sausage last night from the freezor, last season was my first making these and they turned out great. and froze fine. tasted just like fresh. i posted a couple in the diner on the snack sticks and brats. http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46769 http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42543 http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40591 i have a great catalog if anyone is intrested send me a p,m, and i can give ya a website and tel# if ya want a free catalog. theres over 700 items including grinders, kits, seasonings, cures, casings, full curing kits with all ingreadients and instructions, knives ect..... a full line of venison butchering items. make deer hot dogs salami, and bologana. i started ordering from them last year and they are extremly fast in shipping. 4 days i recieved my items. they have a new item for sausages. high heat cheese chunks. they stay in cheese form up to 400 deg in smoked sausages and brats. i just ordered some to add to my sausages this season. my friends were all impressed with my homeade items last year and a couple came over with there deer to use my equiptment to make brats. i helped do 19 here last season. they couldnt believe one could make such store or locker tasting items at home. its really easy with todays kits. i learned this all in two seasons. i can make 15lbs of brats for $13. you cant hardly buy a lb of store brats for that. my neighbors dad said they were better than the ones he got from the locker last season. it becomes like a little party cleaning deer now. we have tons of fun and save lots of money with the same results. and no waiting on deer and we get our own meat with no suprizes. be as leanient or strict as ya want. i cant wait till bow season. im ready to but out the big tub of processing equipt. wish ya all a sucessful season.