Hi Guys & Gals-
This weekend produced the first moose for both my hunting partner and I.....which is a darn good thing seeing I also bought a house with a garage this month specifically to process a moose in it Cart in front of the horse I know.....but the "horse" came and a 47" bull (DM770 any bull tag) is pretty big horse. What impressive animals, we feel pretty lucky. I am looking for advice as to how to set up the garage for efficient processing. Feeling pretty good to have the garage....so a specialized room in the house just for processing game isn't happening...in other words this need to be able to be put up and then taken down when done.
I am especially interested in how you space things, and what work areas you have going at a given time.
What I'm looking for:
-Advice on the best value in knives & where to buy them in Anchorage
-Time saving gizmos (for example my uncle recommeneds a "standing" butcher paper roll with a built in cutter).
-Butching Diagrams- books or website- so we get the cuts "right"
-Any "wish I'd known that when I started" advice
For the record, we aren't complete rookies to processing, this is just our first time taking a whole moose from start to finish and I'm also going to be spending the money to outfit my garage so I'd like to get quality stuff at a reasonable price the first time around.
Here's what I have so far:
11x19 Garage (actually 21x19 but I'm trying to keep the processing area in one half)
Good Meat Grinder
Good friends to help out so: 1 guy cutting, 1 guy grinding, 1 guy packaging & labeling?
Here's what I'm thinking:
Connect Hose to Stand Up Utility Sink with Jerry Rigged Drain (more permanent solution will have to be in the future)
3'x8' table for grinding and cutting
1' x2' table for placing meat that needs to be packaged
1'x2' table for packaging meat.
Knives, Butcher Paper, Cleaning Supplies etc.
Would like to go to Alaska Butcher Supply in Mt. View tomorrow after work (Tue Sept 22nd).
"oops"......the edit post option doesn't let you edit the title so I guess I will forever look like the idiot who doesn't know how to spell "garage"