Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
WINNER FOR Nov. 23 to Dec. 6: Bruce Ball
Dec. 7 to Dec 20: Ted Ford
Dec. 21 to today: Randy Marvin
Randy's buck dressed 95.8, so if you can beat that before the end of the year, put your name here!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
We'll be open all day Wednesday, New Year's Eve and Thursday, New Year's Day from 9 to 9.
On the Youth Hunt Day, Saturday, Jan. 3rd we'll be open 9 to 9.
Otherwise, we'll have our usual end of season hours, 10 am to 7 pm (No Sundays) until Jan. 17th for you to pick up your orders.
You can bring any frozen meat you want processed on Saturday, Jan. 10th and we'll have it ready for you on that last day, Jan. 17th.
After Jan. 17th, we will be closed, so be sure to pick up your meat by then!
Keep an eye on the Blog in the off season. We plan to open for Cordray Farms Beef when we have it available. I'll post more information here. If you'd like to be put on an email list, we'll be glad to contact you to let you know when we'll have beef sides, shares or individual cuts available.
Contact us at email@example.com to be added.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
We will, of course, be glad to process deer taken for your own use on that day, as well.
For more information on the rules and regs for the SCDNR youth hunt day, click here.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
We are experimenting with a Facebook page. Using it would allow us to post pictures much faster and much easier. Hopefully, it would also make it easier for you to share your photos with friends. Let us know what you think!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
We've just added three flavors of fresh pork sausage to the meat case! Now, in addition to bacon and smoked hams, we've got pinky links in new brown sugar maple flavor and regular links in Cordray Brothers and bratwurst flavors. Give them a try while they last!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
We are catching our breath! As usual, Thanksgiving weekend was very busy, but things will slow down for the next few weeks until Christmas. With that in mind, I'm catching up on loose ends. Deer stand winners is one of those loose ends! Congratulations to the 2008 winners.
Aug. 15 to Aug. 30 - Gedney Howe IV
Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 - Jeff Stone
Sept. 14 to Sept. 27 - Bill McKinnon*
Sept. 28 to Oct. 11 - Dave Olson
Oct. 12 to Oct. 25 - Eugene Taylor
Oct. 26 to Nov. 8 - Cotes Simons
Nov. 9 to Nov. 22 - Lou Stewart
*Big Buck Leader
A few of you haven't picked up your free deer stand, so come on by!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
We are closed all day Thanksgiving Day!
We'll reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday and be back to the regular 9 to 9 Monday - Saturday. We're open on Sunday evenings, just for 3 hours, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For Christmas, we are closed all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We are open regular hours for New Year's Day.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Stop by the store and pick up your brown sugar cured, hickory smoked pork hams for the holidays. They are fully cooked semi- boneless and range from 15 to 18 lbs. We have some in the meat case now, and if you'd like to reserve one for Thanksgiving or Christmas just send in a $20 deposit. We follow the same slow cook smoked recipe that we use for venison and you'll love it!
Last year we did a contest to design a new T-Shirt. Lee Taylor won the contest with this slogan "You drop 'em. We chop 'em." Lee, you can stop by the shop and pick up your prize - a Cordray's T-shirt! We've got them in adult sizes.
We've also restocked on the regular grey shirts in both adult and children's sizes.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Learn from our mistakes!
Many of you know that Kenneth, our youngest, is graduating from Clemson in May. He's the third of our kids to go there. Now, if we'd been smart, we'd have bought an apartment when the first one went in 1998! But since we are a little slow, we waited until the last kid to buy a 2 bedroom condo in Cedarwood Apartments about a mile from campus. If you've got a kid heading to Clemson in the fall or just want an inexpensive weekend retreat a little over an hour from the mountains, minutes from golf courses and Lake Hartwell, and almost within earshot of the Tiger's roar, give us a call. We are asking $43,000. It's got 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors and comes with stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Contact us if you're interested or have questions!
These pictures were sent in of a 10 point buck. If you have some good photos from game cams or otherwise, send them in and I'll try to post them. for everyone to see. The full moon and warm weather is giving us a quick break, but looks like next week will be back to business!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Eugene Taylor's Big Buck had a dressed weight of 132. 4 lbs. He won the tree stand for Oct. 12th through Oct. 25th. Congratulations!
To qualify to win a tree stand, you must have the deer skinned and processed at Cordray's . Every deer is automatically entered in the contest. Deer must be from the Lowcountry of SC and you may only win once per season. Deer weights are for the dressed weight. That means it is skinned and cleaned with bones and meat. The Biggest Buck for the season will win a shotgun.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
This has been a terrific season so far! That's the good news.
The bad news is that we are REALLY struggling to get as many deer out of here as come in each week. Your orange pick up card tells you when your order will be ready.
If you've brought in a deer or wild hog, and didn't have smoked hams,
before Monday, Oct. 27th, it is ready and we need you to come and get it quickly.
If you bring in a deer, please plan on picking up your finished orders before you leave the new one. This year we just don't have the freezer space to hold them for you. We hope you help us be able to stay open to take all the deer you'd like to bring in! We've only had to close due to overload one time about 10 years ago, and as you can imagine it was a mess with hunters having no place to leave their deer. We are working as hard as we can, and hope you'll help by picking up your orders to free up some space!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Jeff Stone got an unusual 14 point deer. It had an injury to the right back foot. We often see that a buck that has an old healed injury will have antlers that are misshapen on the opposite side. This was really true in Jeff's buck. Anybody know why this happens?
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
If you want to avoid a wait, come in a little after 6 since we usually are VERY busy until about 7. Thanks!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Two stories heard over the desk:
One guy was walking up to his stand and shot the buck standing on the corn pile. His other stand was about a mile away, so he ventured on. He shot another big buck when he came to the next pile. He went back to the first stand and took a shot at a third one and missed!
Another guy was in white shorts and a white T-shirt and killed a huge buck with a bow. It walked right out in front of him.
The full moon has them moving in daytime. We've had 4 or 5 nice bucks in each morning. The cool weather and rain should keep them moving early next week.
Bucks are wandering singly now. Interestingly, we are seeing some in complete rut mode, necks swollen, smelling strong, and others who are just beginning. We have customers from a pretty large geographical region, but it has been surprising how scattered the signs are.
These two came in during the mornings, Rawling Pratt-Thomas and Stephen Ostapeck.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Hunters bag nearly 200 alligators in seasonAn AP reporter, Jeffrey Collins, interviewed Michael about the gator season and did an article that is going all over the world. Yesterday we got links from newspapers in France who picked up the story! According to a Getty Images photographer I talked with, alligators are a source of great interest in Europe and around the world. Who knew? Click on the link above to see the article in The State newspaper. However, I did argue with Michael that it really isn't much like Christmas at the mall here, more like the parking lot of the Esso Club in Clemson on Saturday night!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Brucellosis is a disease carried by wild hogs. It has been found in SC wild hogs. The following article from Clemson tells of the dangers and how you can keep yourself safe and still enjoy this delicious wildgame. Click here to read the Clemson article.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
We hear this question all the time. But the fact is, it is against the law. If someone leaves a deer with us and then refuses to pick it up, we can't sell it to you, even for the cost of processing. We agree that it doesn't seem fair, but it is the law and we abide by it. That fact also explains why we work so hard to remind you of your pickup date! If something happens and you change your mind about getting your meat processed, please give it to a friend or neighbor. Lots of people love venison!
From the DNR website:
Deer Processors - Deer processors should recognize
that it is unlawful to sell deer meat to regain
the processing fee for deer that have not been
picked-up by the owner (50-11-1910). The best
practice is to take a deposit for the processing
service when deer are left at the facility. If meat
is not picked-up by the owner it can be given to
another individual at no charge.
We are seeing more and more alligators as the end comes in sight! We'll be taking our last ones on Sunday morning . You can bring in your gator heads for mounts, too.
Private land hunters can hunt a little longer, but our main gator skinner is going back to Clemson, so Sunday morning, the 12th, is the end for us! We've got plenty of deer to keep us busy!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
When you drop off your deer, we take your order and give you an orange pick-up card with your Ready Date. Your order will be ready on that day. You don't need to call and check. It will be ready unless we call you to tell you of some problem. This seldom happens! It is important that you pick up your order on time. Pickup days are always on Saturdays and we are open every day but Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. We do not have storage facilities for storing your frozen meat. Orders left more than 10 days after the pickup date will be subject to a $1.00 per day storage fee.
We process wild hogs into whole meat cuts like roasts and chops and make a wide variety of sausages. It is best to process sows or immature boars for meat. Older mature male hogs have a distinctive odor that ruins the taste of the meat. Usually males under about 200 lbs are fine, and females of any size are great!
Looking at having a pig for a BBQ?
We skin all the pigs we process, so they can't be used in a skin-on cooker. We'll skin the pig, split the carcass, and freeze it for your cooker.
Want your wild boar mounted in a head mount or European skull mount? Contact Kenneth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
We take frozen meat from August 15th to September 14th and then again from January 10th to 19th. When hunters start using the antlerless deer tag on September 15th, we get swamped with fresh carcasses. In order to do the best job of processing those carcasses at just the right time to get the best yield of safe venison, we must process these fresh carcasses according to a strict time schedule. Frozen meat must be unthawed and then processed immediately. There isn't time to do both frozen meat and fresh carcasses together. We insist on giving you with the best product we can provide. Reserving frozen meat for these specific times ensures we have time to concentrate on each product separately.