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#6008190 - 11/03/15 08:48 AM Skinning deer
huskerman Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/16/13
Posts: 32
Loc: Pasedena, Tx
Does everyone in Texas skin their deer right away after field dressing. Last deer I shot was in 20 degrees and 4 inches of snow in Nebraska. We field dressed and hang out our deer for a week or two.l before skinning and processing. With the heat here I've seen many skin their deer right away. Or do some just take it to the processor right away if they don't have a way to cool it down.

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#6008193 - 11/03/15 08:50 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
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Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25941
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
I never field dress a deer I take it back skin, quarter, debone, process all at once
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#6008218 - 11/03/15 09:01 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
TravisP Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 197
Loc: Magnolia
I hang, cut hide back. Take a filet knife and cut the meat off the bone on site. Trash bag it. Haul the whole carcass to the creek bottom for the dogs and coyotes. I always leave the guts in. I do it immediately as its always too hot here.


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#6008225 - 11/03/15 09:04 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
fouzman Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 1014
Loc: Houston, TX
I've done both. If we have a bunch to clean, I'll just gut and hang in the walk-in for a couple days. Then quarter before heading home. If only a couple, I'll skin, remove quarters, backstrap and trimmings and put on ice. Never have to gut the deer this way. They're much easier to skin and quarter when warm, as opposed to pulling them out of the walk-in and doing so. We never gut deer in the field. Everything comes back to the headquarters and is processed there. One gut pile (bulldozed pit) for all carcasses.

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#6008230 - 11/03/15 09:06 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
jmh004 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 387
I will gut the deer in the field, then depending on how cold or not it is, will skin and process it the next day or two after the kill.

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#6008251 - 11/03/15 09:19 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
Navasot Offline
Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25941
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
How hot are yall hunting in? Iv left guts in deer for a few hours while its 70-80degrees? they can sit much longer
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#6008264 - 11/03/15 09:28 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
jmh004 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 387
I've always gutted mine right after the kill. Regardless if its 90 or 20.

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#6008299 - 11/03/15 09:44 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
huskerman Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/16/13
Posts: 32
Loc: Pasedena, Tx
I've always gutted after kill, but I've hunted colder temps. But left skin on while it hung for a week in freezing temps. For people that don't process their own which I am likely not going to die to apartment living, do you just bring in whole deer or just the quarters and back straps

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#6008315 - 11/03/15 09:53 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
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Registered: 02/22/14
Posts: 769
Loc: Richardson - Archer County
Originally Posted By: huskerman
I've always gutted after kill, but I've hunted colder temps. But left skin on while it hung for a week in freezing temps. For people that don't process their own which I am likely not going to die to apartment living, do you just bring in whole deer or just the quarters and back straps


Most processors will take a deer either way, but I always quarter mine myself and then take the quarters into the processor. It should save you a little money and isn't all that hard to do.
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#6008321 - 11/03/15 09:58 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: rattler03]
huskerman Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/16/13
Posts: 32
Loc: Pasedena, Tx
Skin on or off

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#6008324 - 11/03/15 10:00 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
jmh004 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 387
They will take it either way.

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#6008332 - 11/03/15 10:10 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
CoachKM Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/18/10
Posts: 56
Loc: Magnolia
I field dress right after the kill. Usually hang it and finish the job that night. If it's cold enough i'll let it hang until after the next day.

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#6008448 - 11/03/15 11:11 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
TxAg Offline
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Registered: 01/15/07
Posts: 3254
Loc: Live in Katy, Hunt in Llano Co...
I don't field dress.

I will skin, quarter, onto ice all at the same time. Either process myself or drop the quarters with a buddy for grind/sausage/jerky.
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#6008499 - 11/03/15 11:44 AM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
Las Colinas Hunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/02/12
Posts: 206
Loc: Nocona TX
field dress and then quarter, put on ice and let it rest for a day or so. Changing the ice once before taking it to the processor.

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#6008933 - 11/03/15 03:01 PM Re: Skinning deer [Re: huskerman]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
I field dress every deer I kill. All go into a walk-in cooler when it is available and a few are skinned and quartered, then put on ice.
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