(Swan Hunting and Cooking – 8-Minute Video and Road Kill Deer Gutting -3-Minute Video are now posted on my site http://www.hoveysmith.wordpress.com. as well as an earlier video on deer cleaning.)
Two new videos, one on cleaning a road-killed deer and the other on swan hunting, have been done; but both files are too large to post. The road-killed deer video is about 30-minutes long and the one on swan hunting is about 15 minutes.
I did not edit the road-kill video so that the viewer would have an accurate and realistic view of a 68-year-old guy (me) sometimes struggling to skin and gut a road-killed deer by himself. Everything is there but the smell, and I describe that as best I can. The reason I did this is to show that salvaging a road-killed animal requires considerable effort. By the time a person has done everything necessary to gather, skin and clean that deer; I feel he (or she) has earned the right to keep it – despite some states’ laws to the contrary.
Should anyone want a one-off copy to help convince state legislators to change their laws on utalization of road-killed animals, I will produce and mail a copy for $25.00.
In my opinion anyone who goes through this much trouble to salvage meat from a dead animal lying beside the road and accepts any risk of feeding it to their families should be allowed to do so. In times when unemployment is high and people are going to bed hungry there is no reason not to utilize the meat from a dead animal found beside the road. From a health point of view, there is no practical difference between salvaging a road kill and a hunter cleaning a gut-shot animal.
The meat, bones and organs that I cannot use are often boiled for my pets. What is left is put in an open field for the buzzards.
Send the request and payment to Whitehall Press – Budget Publications, 1325 Jordan Mill Pond Rd., Sandersville, GA 31082.
I will make another attempt to reduce the photo sizes on the Swan video to get something up for those who are interested. I will also post some photos on Flickr when they are ready.
A video on my blog, http://www.hoveysmith.wordpress.com , (look back in the archived sections) has a narriated slide show on using road-killed deer, and my book, Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound ($19.95) pictures and describes the processes of retrieving, cleaning and long-term storage of road-killed deer.