Ohio's deer gun season will be with us shortly, opening on Dec. 1, and from all indications it will be a good one for Norwalk area hunters. The Division of Wildlife is predicting an excellent season, maybe a record one, so a fair number of local hunters will be drawing down on a fine buck or doe either near home or elsewhere around the state, and hopefully dropping it for the count. The next question is what do you do with it then?
Several years ago I downed a nice nine point on the first hour of opening day, took it to the nearest check station, then my favorite meat cutter, and having little else to do that day, hung around the check station for a few hours to see what other hunters brought in. It was a revelation! Pickup truck after pickup truck drove in, some with a single deer and some with several, and I looked carefully to see how they were dressed. A modest number had been correctly gutted and cleaned, but a surprising number had been butchered, almost literally.