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#5439426 - 11/23/14 08:32 PM Pelvis and rib cutting
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Big discussion today.... Do you cut the pelvis on a deer when gutting and removing the anus or do the pull back through and not cut the pelvis? What about the rib cage? Do you cut them to get to the chest organs or reach up and pull?

As we all know, it's how you were taught!
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#5439443 - 11/23/14 08:36 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: booger]
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For the last 23 years I have used a set of loppers to split the pelvis bone on deer. On bucks that are going to be mounted I don't split the rib cage. On does and young bucks I just use a knife to split the brisket. If it is an older buck and I do split them I use the loppers. I do it different today than the way I was taught since I can do them faster now. I always gut a deer on the ground.
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#5439461 - 11/23/14 08:39 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: booger]
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Back in the day that I did field dress deer, I used a small axe to split the pelvis, had butcher shears to split the ribs. Today, whoever hunts me gets that job they can do it however they want.
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#5439486 - 11/23/14 08:45 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: booger]
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I use a hatchet for the pelvis. On deer I rarely mess with dropping the guts, just do enough to get the tenders and leave the rest inside the ribcage. On pigs I use a hatchet to split the sternum and then leave the ribs attached to the loins.
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#5439504 - 11/23/14 08:51 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: booger]
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If you split or cut the pelvis, be very, very careful for the bladder. I generally do the ring around the anus routine and pull it through. Unless shoulder mounting, I cut down through sternum to jaw and cutting the esophagus out. Easy, quick and get almost all the blood out. Can do one now in about 10-15 minutes.

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#5439526 - 11/23/14 08:59 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: TexFlip]
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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
I use a hatchet for the pelvis.


I use one one on both the pelvis and to knock off the ribs.

I've also found the secret to cutting the sternum so the guts will drop more easily is to have an electric or hand crank hoist so that you can adjust the height to get good leverage with a strong knife.

I've also noticed some guys prefer to skin first before gutting, while others gut first.

Ole timers would always field dress and never bring a deer into camp with the guts intact on the basis that guts left for any length of time will taint the meat.
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#5439546 - 11/23/14 09:03 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: DQ Kid]
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Originally Posted By: DQ Kid
If you split or cut the pelvis, be very, very careful for the bladder. I generally do the ring around the anus routine and pull it through. Unless shoulder mounting, I cut down through sternum to jaw and cutting the esophagus out. Easy, quick and get almost all the blood out. Can do one now in about 10-15 minutes.

On doe and young bucks you can stand on each leg then pull up on the tail to break the "H" bone so you can cut the cut esophagus and pull the guts out the rear end. It is fast and clean.
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#5439547 - 11/23/14 09:03 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: booger]
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Pull back through and can't remember last time I split a sternum. No point in cutting the sternum

Only time I ever gut a deer is if I'm tossing it into a walkin cooler or packing it out, even then I just reach in cut and pull. Cutting sterum takes to long

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#5439617 - 11/23/14 09:27 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: booger]
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Forgot to post my method....

Hand held loppers on the pelvis and the ribs.... It how I was taught.
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#5439624 - 11/23/14 09:29 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
For the last 23 years I have used a set of loppers to split the pelvis bone on deer. On bucks that are going to be mounted I don't split the rib cage. On does and young bucks I just use a knife to split the brisket. If it is an older buck and I do split them I use the loppers. I do it different today than the way I was taught since I can do them faster now. I always gut a deer on the ground.


Ditto except I use a Gerber saw on the pelvic.
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#5439700 - 11/23/14 09:52 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: booger]
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I put a foot on each leg and pull up on the tail. Pelvic bone snaps right in half.
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#5439721 - 11/23/14 10:00 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: booger]
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I gut all of mine, doesn't take any time at all, but I do it on the ground. Buck knife cuts through the sternum and pelvis with no problem. Step on each leg, pull up on tail, then cut the esophagus and work your way down.
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#5439729 - 11/23/14 10:02 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: booger]
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I usually act like my hands and back are cramping and watch one of the young guys say...you need some help sir rofl there getting better...Loves me some FNG's
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#5439748 - 11/23/14 10:08 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: SniperRAB]
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Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
I usually act like my hands and back are cramping and watch one of the young guys say...you need some help sir rofl there getting better...Loves me some FNG's


rofl I don't doubt that a bit
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#5439764 - 11/23/14 10:16 PM Re: Pelvis and rib cutting [Re: booger]
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There is a 'seam' through the pelvis, I split it with a large Shrade fixed blade knife. Unless the deer is a mount, I splt it stem to stern, jaw to tail.
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