How to Procure Your Own Venison

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I was looking through my photos from the Far East Russia expedition cruise with Zegrahm Expeditions, and came across these images taken around Anastasia Bay in Kamchatka. On our second evening we came across some local reindeer herders, who were looking after a very large herd of over two thousand animals. They were willing to demonstrate to us how to efficiently kill and skin a reindeer. It was a spectacularly memorable evening…

And this is how you do it…

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1. You need a herd of reindeer.

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2. Make your reindeer exercise to keep them healthy.

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3. Use lassos to catch a reindeer.

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4. Have a big sharp knife ready, and approach the animal carefully.

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5. Stab the reindeer directly in the heart, so that the animal dies very quickly and painlessly.

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6. Congratulations! You have successfully killed your own food!

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7. Now the nasty stuff: you need to skin the deer and keep all the edible tasty parts!

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