Getting in Gear for Spring Turkey Season

Spring Turkey season is getting closer, and if you’re anything like me, you’re getting ready to pack up the truck, enjoy that fresh springtime air, and hunt. We all have our pre-hunt rituals and routines, and I'm sure we all pack the same things to bring out with us while we track our game.

When I first started hunting, I never thought to include a vacuum sealer when I was getting packed up for a hunt. After each outing, I would just bring my game to someone else, and pay them to process it for me. Honestly, I have always been proud of putting the meat on my table through my hunting passion and ability, and this took a little of that pride away. I initially invested in a little suction vacuum sealer, to give doing it myself a try.

I knew that processing and vacuum sealing were necessary for preservation and storage, keeping my meat fresh until I was ready to use it. When I first heard about home vacuum sealing, I was pumped to give it a shot and process my meat. I was pleased when I could pick up a low-priced sealer at the store, and excitedly packed the little guy for my next hunt.

Of course, when I butchered my first animal I didn't account for the fact that when a suction unit sucked the air out of the bag, it would also suck liquids like blood out of the bag, and it wasn't long before I was buying another one. After hearing from other home processors, I discovered the difference between vacuum sealing and vacuum sealing with a chamber vacuum sealer. I was shocked when I'd read online about hunters and home processors that they had their vacuum sealer for years, and they still ran like champs. Talk about heavy duty.

It turns out they already knew what I know now, chamber technology is king when it comes to home processing. The chamber machine uses a pump to evacuate all the air from the chamber creating a vacuum environment and seals the bag right before letting all the air back in. Since there is no "sucking" mechanism, you can seal all kinds of liquids easily and with no damage to the sealer.

Taking my meat from field to table 100% on my own is important to me, and no matter what I am hunting, I know my VacMaster Chamber Sealer will have no trouble. In fact, it’s the first thing I put in the truck each time I am packing to hit the field.