To lessen the chances of spoilage, you should be sure to pack the body cavity with bags of crushed ice, and take the skin off the animal if possible.
I think Curtsinger's Sport Shop has a few business cards advertising venison butchers. I don't know any names offhand, but if you inquire, you can always find someone that will handle the meat.
Can't believe the number of turkeys
Never have I seen so many turkeys while out driving around in the rural areas.
When I went to my hunting spot, accompanied by my wife and grandson, we had to travel pretty close to a flock of turkeys. They spooked, of course, and ran off, but when we came back to the truck and loaded the utility terrain vehicle back onto the trailer for the trip home, we saw at least two more flocks of turkeys.
Since it was in the evening, we also saw several deer in two different locations. However, the deer weren't close to where we had just come from.
Got around to bow shooting
One other little chore that I finally took care of was to shoot my bow. I had procrastinated long enough, and I didn't even know if my sights were still on.
So I packed up my target arrows and proceeded to the Boyle County Fish and Game Club to check everything out. I found out right quick that the muscles that I use to pull the bow had atrophied over the last year, leaving me pretty weak in the drawing-the-bow department.
However, I managed to shoot enough to know that my sights were still on and did get in a little practice shooting from a sitting position.
Hunting from a blind almost always means that you will have to shoot from a crouched or sitting position, so it was prudent for me to practice that scenario. While I had a flyer now and then, my last four arrows on the 50-yard target could be covered with a pie plate.
I didn't think that was too bad, but when you are affected with buck fever, you might just blow up completely and send an arrow into the next county. And these days, sending an arrow into the next county could get pretty expensive when you factor in the cost of an arrow shaft and a point that probably cost at least $10.