i dont have any venison cuts that make it past a year any more, right before hunting i go thru freezer and go thru it completely, any cuts or burger from the prev year i put together and make jerkyn to take with hunting or when i make sausage right after hunting if there is any left i will make a small batch of sausage and use it first. this ensures me of always fresh(less than a year) meat. however before i started this way and being a long time vac packer i hhave seen venison up to 2 years old, usually it got lost in freezer and slipped thru. but if no freezer burn and it looks good. venison keeps as well as any meat in the freezer and vac packing a plus esp if you got a good machine.