I have never had a deer that I either didnt find right away, or didnt find all together. My buddy shot one yesterday and lost the trail at dark, so he called me to help look for it. Well we found her this morning about 10ish ,and she was stiff with rigor. Last nite it was a low of about 55 and when we found her it was about 65 degrees. I skinned it, and parted it out for him now its on ice to season a bit (to warm here to hang)... The meat smelled fine, but the guts were rather potent... so I was wondering if there was anything to worry about. In Maine I have help butcher deer that sat in the field for a couple days, but the temps were much lower... This guy has 5 kids and doesnt want to get any of them sick. Unless I hear otherwise I am just gonna "smell check" it on Monday when we butcher it into steaks. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!