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    Default Anyone leave their deer soaking in the ocean overnight?

    I know some of you on here have done it so I'm asking if there are any draw backs to doing it? I am headed out this weekend and was wondering about just skinning the deer then tying them to the side of the boat to soak in the salt water over night to stay cool and get the blood out. I have rinced meat in the salt but never left anything to soak that long, I cant think of any drawbacks besides something with big teeth and looking like jaws coming in to have a snack.
    So who has done it and howd it turn out.

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    Not sure if I'd skin them first but I have left them hang over the side of the boat for a short period. Not over night though. And remember they float very well too


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    There is no need to get the blood out. Blood is flavor. Our deer are so tasty, no need to soak overnight. I wouldn't rinse it even unless gut shot. I personally wouldn't soak anything due to bacteria from dying salmon, plus if ya do, don't soak it on the side the heads pumps out hahahahaha


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    We have let them soak for a hour or so with the hides on, they come out clean. I personally would not skin them first or leave them over night unless your chummin....!
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    Throw a shark hook in one and see what happens. Prepare for a Nantucket Sleigh Ride if there are killer whales nearby though.

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    Not deer but have soaked duck breast overnight in salt water
    Is it opening day of duck season yet
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    Years ago on a hunt in the mountains in Wa. state, I soaked a boned out deer in a glacier fed stream for 4 days. It looked like veal when we cut it up, and was the mildest tasting deer I ever ate. That's saying a lot, cause Sitka Blacktail are hard to beat.
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    Tony,
    I know someone who has been hunting Kodiak for more years than I've lived here & he has been doing with his deer for a few years now. That said I believe he leaves the skin on & make sure the water is deep enough that you don't have sand fleas, I think its about 50' or so. Obviously hes in a big boat anchored in the bay & has had good luck with it.

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    Yes on Kodiak we left deer tied off for several days opposite side of the head. Worked great they float high also, guts out hide on. Bring them in and cut them up on the way to the dock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kk alaska View Post
    Yes on Kodiak we left deer tied off for several days opposite side of the head. Worked great they float high also, guts out hide on. Bring them in and cut them up on the way to the dock.
    So you trust that to keep fecal matter out of your deer meat?
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    Well the good thing is you aren't allowed to pump overboard in PWS anyway.


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    That's an interesting practice, and I'd like to hear more about it. Why are you guys doing that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob B View Post
    Well the good thing is you aren't allowed to pump overboard in PWS anyway.
    I hear fecal bacteria are slow swimmers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    I hear fecal bacteria are slow swimmers.
    Bacteria is highly overrated, everyone needs more of it.... what dont kill ya makes ya stronger.....!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Strahan View Post
    That's an interesting practice, and I'd like to hear more about it. Why are you guys doing that?

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    Just a light brining for flavor......
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    Why not just bring a cooler and snag some glacier ice along the way? Keep the meat cool and dry is what i always try for.

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    Surface water's been warm this year, hovering above 60 degrees most places, so not that cool unless you're near glaciers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akrstabout View Post
    There is no need to get the blood out. Blood is flavor. Our deer are so tasty, no need to soak overnight. I wouldn't rinse it even unless gut shot. I personally wouldn't soak anything due to bacteria from dying salmon, plus if ya do, don't soak it on the side the heads pumps out hahahahaha


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    You guys don't have holding tanks???? Heck in NY they banned that practice almost 50 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRDATR View Post
    You guys don't have holding tanks???? Heck in NY they banned that practice almost 50 years ago.

    Just because it's banned, doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Kinda like speeding on your way home from work!

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    Weird how we can take a dump on the beach or between our twin motors (perfect fit btw) but we can't drop a deuce in the head and pump it overboard.


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