Here's to the Deer

With a title like Gut It. Cut It. Cook It: The Deer Hunter's Guide to Processing and Preparing
, we obviously wanted to get your attention and make sure you remember our book.
We want you to know, however, that we have tremendous respect for deer--and for
all the
game we hunt. We hope you will, too.

Ours is a very practical book; we're not about to get all metaphysical on you here. But deer deserve to
be shown respect in some very practical ways. They deserve a quick, humane death. They then
deserve to be used fully, with as little waste as possible.

When you read
Gut It. Cut It. Cook It., you'll learn about the best aiming points. Fortunately, the most
humane shots are also the ones that tend to damage less meat.

Later, during the chapters explaining how to actually butcher your deer, we'll mention more than once
the idea of wasting as little meat as possible. And when you're done...

Please dispose of left-over bones and scraps in a responsible, respectful manner. If it's legal, and if
you live in a more rural area (especially if coyotes or wolves are present), then you may want to return
these leftovers to the wild so they can rejoin the natural cycle. Place them in an out-of-the-way area,
far from any homes, roads, or trails. If you're not sure, ask around to see what's legal and customary in
your area.

So please... Hunt reverently, shoot straight, and accept with gratitude the gift you've been given. Cook
carefully, enjoy your venison, and finish everything on your plate.

There. Now that we've got that out of the way... Good luck, good hunting, and bon appetit!

And here's to the deer!

"Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, they quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die."

-- Genesis 27, Verses 3 and 4