took up to 153 in smoker. I like it cold and fried. Have only eaten it cold so far from this one.
Found this on a brining site.
If you don’t have or don’t want to use curing salt containing sodium nitrite, you can brine meats without it. Without curing salt that contains sodium nitrite, the color of the cured meat will be gray rather than pink and the flavor is less sweet with a more pronounced “pickle” flavor. It turns out more like seasoned roast meat, than a cured meat.
It's nice and pink just like the others I have done, maybe the pickling salt somewhat cured it. who knows
Where did you hear that food plots were to be banned? I have seen about banning "feeding deer" which I took to mean the classic set up a feeder and dump corn and alfalfa in it.
Jumping on areas immediately has been shown to be successful in preventing isolated cases from spreading and becoming endemic. Once it becomes established in the herd, it seems as if controlling it is no longer possible.
It also seems as if CWD is fairly hard to catch for a deer, or else it would be all over everywhere and all the deer in an area like Dane county would have it.
Oh, and the infected deer could have come from a deer farm, or from Iowa where it has been detected in the county bordering MN on the SE.
I wouldn't call myself wealthy, but I've made good life choices that have enabled me to buy my own land. Still pack my own lunch and watch for sales at the grocery store. I don't own land in SE MN, I own land in northern MN. The reason I am concerned is that this will serve as a template for herd control tactics in other parts of MN. Understand that the game management agencies have conferences where they talk about managing hunters. You don't have to look any further than the work of Dr. Gary Alt in Pennsylvania.
I can't put my finger on exactly what is going on with the results the DNR has presented. Were the samples snuck in by a nefarious actor? I wouldn't rule it out. Was the disease always here and just finally discovered? I don't see why not. Is there a unique environmental reason that CWD hasn't gotten a broad foothold here? It's possible.
If the agency had some credibility going into this, I'd be on board pounding kool aid myself, but they don't. So color me skeptical. None of the WI border counties along zone 3 have CWD according to this map. However, Burnett and Polk do and there is no monitoring on our side up there. Can a scientist explain that to me? Because the geographic barriers up there are non-existent compared to the Mississippi River along zone 3.
You are cooking it before you eat it right? I've only heard people using Cure when using dehydrators or may be for jerky when using burger. I have never used the stuff but don't like or make dehydrated jerky.
Seem to still be alive!
Creepworm, I am somewhat angry. The reason it's fool hardy to consider food plots any more threat than a farm field is that the intentions of the planter don't change the flavor of the forage. A food plot is no more attractive than the edge of a 160 acre bean field that meets a fence line, swamp edge, or grove.
Now imagine there are no farm fields or food plots at all, not even a decent yielding apple tree. Deer will still communicate via scrape trees and licking branches during the rut. If the current belief is that the prions spread via saliva, what's to stop wild deer from licking a branch that an infected buck has licked? What's to stop a buck from rubbing their face all over a contaminated branch?
My fear is that lots of deer are going to be slaughtered in an area that just happens to have been a hot target for eradication before CWD was found. I'm also worried we're going to get all kinds of bad rules imposed that won't do squat to actually stop the spread if the disease is actually in MN. I'm worried we'll lose a critical habitat tool that allows us in harsh winter kill areas to help the deer make it through winter (food plots).
It'd be interesting to watch the DNR try to ban food plots. Good luck defining what is and is not a food plot.