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#1 Kittysmitty

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 03:33 PM

Every year I hear the pros and cons about eating deer liver. One of my long time hunting buddies tells me we should not eat the liver due to all the spraying in the woods. Is there more spraying this year compared to others. Are there specific area that are sprayed.

We love our breakfast of fresh liver, bacon and onions. Opinions and thoughts? Thanks


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#2 Tripple D

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 05:54 PM

I eat the liver and the heart.I know lots of others who do and always did 45+years and most of us are still alive.There will always be those who say not to including DND/DLF or who ever they are today.
They also tell you to cook your wild game to well done,but why ruin it!
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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:06 PM

I have always eaten the liver, one of the best parts along with cold heart sandwiches. Thats been a lot of liver over the years but probably not quite as much as some of the older members here?

 

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:27 PM

I profess to know little about it from experience, but I did google the question of cadmium and liver and found this study from 12 years ago

 

http://www.cwhc-rcsf...inal_report.pdf

 

The stuff is in the soil.  The amount in deer is said to be non-toxic when compared to cattle in Nova Scotia.  It varies wildly between one animal and another, so that would depend on the concentration in the soil in that area.  It tends to get higher with age of the animal.

 

I'd think it couldn't add up to much for a person given how little of it one consumes in a year.  If a person was living off the land it would be a different matter.


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#5 beaverhunter

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:31 PM

Deer liver yes, polar bear liver no.


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 07:34 PM

I hope so . Have eaten a lot in my life time and i'm still kick'n.


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 08:10 PM

I eat it. I can’t imagine that one or two little ol' deer livers a year contain any significant amount of environmental toxins relative to what is sprayed/contained on/in everything else that we eat, drink and breathe. I seriously doubt there’s much healthier food out there. I wouldn’t give it a second thought. Enjoy and post your pics and recipes!
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Posted 18 September 2018 - 09:45 PM

I have never had one but have heard talk about liver with spots and you should not eat them. Anyone else come across this ?


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 10:19 PM

YUP !!! ...10 yrs or so ago...twice actually. Whiteish / greenish spots.  I quit eating them then and there. We still eat the hearts...only IF my bullet misses it's mark by an inch or two wink.png;)

Fella I met a while back showed me pics of spots in one they got 2 yrs ago, his doe's liver was realllll bad ! He sent the pics off to DNR...I never heard from him anymore to see if they said anything else about it.
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Posted 18 September 2018 - 11:01 PM

I have never had one but have heard talk about liver with spots and you should not eat them. Anyone else come across this ?

Yes linnie ,back in the 1980's when my parents had a camp out on the Chester/Windsor  road , my dad and i both shot deer that had spots on the liver .At that time there were signs posted on some of the forested land out there that stated that the woods were being sprayed (with herbicides i assume ).We never ate any liver from that area .Never had any problems with deer liver from any other area i've hunted . PS  I've got a couple friends (and a few relatives :) ) that more than likely have a spot or two on their livers as well biggrin.png


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Posted 19 September 2018 - 04:39 AM

i too think it has a lot to do with the area u hunt in. places that are turning into tree farms such as fomer bowater land in ann. and kings co.they have mostly wiped out smaller animals such as rabbits and porcupines as well as low deer numbers in most areas. in maney areas of east hans deer livers are probally ok from the valleyfloor in kings co. will most likely glow in the dark
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Posted 19 September 2018 - 07:08 AM

I've had couple deer whith whitish spots all over the livers , one of which a warden came along with a wildlife biologist tagging along on his daily drive , both helped me load it up on my truck then the biologist asked if I'd allow him take measurements and samples of hair , saliva and small pice of meat , asked where the gut piles was to examine it , told him I had the heart and liver , showed it to him in the cooler , said throw out the liver don't eat with whitish spots on it , would only say there was several environmental factors that cause it but would not get into the exact causes when I asked exact Environmental issues what caused it . Only said it could make you sick and don't feed it to your pets either, what ever the issues were he would only say it builds up in the liver of the animal since it's the bodies filter .

I then asked if CWD ( Cronic Wasting Disease) was part of it and he ignored the question and just took his samples , Makes ya wonder if part of the reason Deer populations never Rebounded properly in parts of the province are there health and environmental issues in the heard found only in areas numbers are low or otherwise . Sure habitat loss is big part , but what other things are there we are not being told .
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Posted 19 September 2018 - 09:01 AM

I have never had one but have heard talk about liver with spots and you should not eat them. Anyone else come across this ?

Yes for sure in the 80's and 90's right around the time the deer crashed here

We were told not to eat them any more and I haven't since. Some also had holes in it

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 10:17 AM

Love my fresh deer, bear, rabbit liver....but like any animal liver...I check it over for discolouration, spots, anything that looks suspicious...it is a filter afterall. But I have also seen DDD in person...and now that I know he has eaten deer liver for so many, many years....and looks like he does...I am not going to eat any more!!!

 

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 10:56 AM

Love my fresh deer, bear, rabbit liver....but like any animal liver...I check it over for discolouration, spots, anything that looks suspicious...it is a filter afterall. But I have also seen DDD in person...and now that I know he has eaten deer liver for so many, many years....and looks like he does...I am not going to eat any more!!!

 

Butch

LOL. I have never met 3d but have been told just last week by a member here that knows him well that your post is very true :) 


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Posted 19 September 2018 - 12:23 PM

Every year I hear the pros and cons about eating deer liver. One of my long time hunting buddies tells me we should not eat the liver due to all the spraying in the woods. Is there more spraying this year compared to others. Are there specific area that are sprayed.
We love our breakfast of fresh liver, bacon and onions. Opinions and thoughts? Thanks


Every year things like this are asked are deer livers safe to eat are trout safe to eat , etc... . This is really funny but not really , just stop and ask why would there not be warnings on the meat and seafood isles at your local grocers warning that you should not consume any more than one meal of this or that per week due to the levels of this or that in them ? Then ask yourself this , do the fish at the store swim in different water than the wild ones I catch ? Do cows in the field eat food that has some how been protected from the contaminants that the wild game animals consume and drink water that has been distiled to remove the contaminates? While you are eating your fresh fast food with its processed meats and preservatives or your good wholesome foods from the take and bake section of the trusted food industries local out let give it some real thought. By the way what's for supper ? Just some Food for thought pun intended . Not meant to upset any one , no really !
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#17 3macs1

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 01:56 PM

Every year things like this are asked are deer livers safe to eat are trout safe to eat , etc... . This is really funny but not really , just stop and ask why would there not be warnings on the meat and seafood isles at your local grocers warning that you should not consume any more than one meal of this or that per week due to the levels of this or that in them ? Then ask yourself this , do the fish at the store swim in different water than the wild ones I catch ? Do cows in the field eat food that has some how been protected from the contaminants that the wild game animals consume and drink water that has been distiled to remove the contaminates? While you are eating your fresh fast food with its processed meats and preservatives or your good wholesome foods from the take and bake section of the trusted food industries local out let give it some real thought. By the way what's for supper ? Just some Food for thought pun intended . Not meant to upset any one , no really !

What's for supper.??? Potatoes,spinach,green beans , carrots and chicken we grew/ raised here ourselves which is the best I can do with the environment I live in today. No sprays or chemicals did we apply

To each their own but I guess I was never hungry enough to eat some of that white spotted deer liver I had in the past. The look alone turned me away and I love liver

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 03:05 PM

What's for supper ??   BBQ back ribs, ceasar salad, french bread , a shot or two of CR Black and a few coooold Corona's...lol

 

*** Liver n onions is still one of my fav meals ! wub.pngwub.png  In fact I'm having a feed Friday night, wink.pngwink.png  daughters treat...she's taking mama and me out to supper for our 35th anniversary cool.png


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Posted 19 September 2018 - 03:49 PM

What's for supper ??   BBQ back ribs, ceasar salad, french bread , a shot or two of CR Black and a few coooold Corona's...lol

 

*** Liver n onions is still one of my fav meals ! wub.pngwub.png  In fact I'm having a feed Friday night, wink.pngwink.png  daughters treat...she's taking mama and me out to supper for our 35th anniversary cool.png

Congrats Kevin to you and the mrs

It was just 33 for us this year but together 41 

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 04:24 PM

Congrats Kevin!
35years wow- condolences to your wife.

Supper - deer chops of course and potatoes corn,peas and carrots and like joe all the veggies are from our garden.
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