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#6560199 - 11/26/16 11:20 PM How long to gut deer while on ice?
Dien Offline
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I always have bags of ice in my cooler before I go out to hunt. How long can you keep a deer on ice before gutting it?

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#6560200 - 11/26/16 11:20 PM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Dien]
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I'd gut it before I put it on ice only take a couple minutes
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#6560231 - 11/27/16 12:28 AM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Dien]
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I would not recommend this line of thought. I have my deer quartered and in the cooler ASAP. I think remove the guts and replace with ice, that's only if I'm having someone else cape the deer.
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#6560253 - 11/27/16 04:38 AM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Dien]
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Your trying to cool the body down as quickly as possible leaving the innards inside will just prolong the cooling process and as noted above it takes a matter of 15 minutes to field dress a deer.

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#6560259 - 11/27/16 04:47 AM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Dien]
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Yes, unless you get to it fast and immediately skin/quarter it, it needs to be field dressed. Leaving the guts in will ruin the meat faster than any other single factor.
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#6560281 - 11/27/16 06:16 AM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Dien]
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Dien, go to YouTube and search for field dressing a deer. Also view field dressing a deer without gutting it.

Maybe one of our members can post the link.
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#6560372 - 11/27/16 07:57 AM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Dien]
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Always, always, always gut you deer immediately after shooting. No ifs, ands, or buts. I don't care if you have a mountain of ice, gut that danged deer and then ice him down.
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#6560721 - 11/27/16 01:56 PM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Dien]
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Originally Posted By: Dien
I always have bags of ice in my cooler before I go out to hunt. How long can you keep a deer on ice before gutting it?


I would gut immediately then put ice on deer.

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#6560725 - 11/27/16 02:01 PM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: LandPirate]
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Originally Posted By: LandPirate
Always, always, always gut you deer immediately after shooting. No ifs, ands, or buts. I don't care if you have a mountain of ice, gut that danged deer and then ice him down.


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#6560731 - 11/27/16 02:04 PM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Dien]
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From the max time between death and gutting is maybe six hours tops. Ice or not.

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#6560742 - 11/27/16 02:09 PM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Pope&Young]
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Originally Posted By: Pope&Young
Originally Posted By: LandPirate
Always, always, always gut you deer immediately after shooting. No ifs, ands, or buts. I don't care if you have a mountain of ice, gut that danged deer and then ice him down.


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#6560750 - 11/27/16 02:18 PM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Dien]
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I am in for gutting a deer right away, but doing it immediately is not that important if it isn't gut shot. After it is shot we will give a deer 30-45 minutes before we go get it. Sometimes if the shot wasn't good we may have to track it down, so an hour or two before gutting.
I have helped guys find deer the next morning after it has laid there all night 12-16 hours in cold weather (I wouldn't recommend this in warm weather). And the meat was fine.
And we have never iced down a deer, they go in a walk-in cooler for a few weeks before processing.
As a matter of fact after we hang and process a deer, customer's claim that our method is the best venison they have ever had. And we are not just deer season guys. We hunt year round and process out over 70 animals a year this way.
I do not know where the panic over getting the deer on ice within minutes came from, but it isn't that important.
Some have even gone with the no-gutting method of quartering a deer. So the insides stay in the animal even longer.


Edited by Simple Searcher (11/27/16 02:24 PM)
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#6560756 - 11/27/16 02:24 PM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Simple Searcher]
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Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
Gutting a deer right away is not that important if it isn't gut shot. After it is shot we will give a deer 30-45 minutes before we go get it. Sometimes if the shot wasn't good we may have to track it down, an hour or two.
I have helped guys find deer the next morning after it has laid there all night 12-16 hours in cold weather. And the meat was fine.
And we have never iced down a deer, they go in a walk-in cooler for a few weeks before processing.
As a matter of fact after we hang and process a deer, customers claim that our method is the best venison they have ever had. And we are not just deer season guys. We hunt year round and process out over 70 animals a year this way.
I do not know where the panic over getting the deer on ice within minutes came from, but it isn't that important.



A few key takeaways... if it's not gut shot, in cold weather.... walk in cooler...

I want mine gutted as soon as possible, and cooled down soon, with ice, or a walk in cooler, or completely processed.

A lot depends on the weather, the shot, what facilities are available, etc. Hard to have a one size fits all answer.
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#6560773 - 11/27/16 02:30 PM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Dien]
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Sig, I went back and edited some for clarity during your post. And you are spot on with no "one size fits all"
But I have known guys to take a cooler of ice in their Ranger as they go out. And rush the gutting and getting an animal on ice before it ever even made it to camp. I just always figured this was over doing it.
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#6560845 - 11/27/16 04:10 PM Re: How long to gut deer while on ice? [Re: Dien]
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Loc: Near Lake Somerville TX.
Soon as you can, or get the animal to your house, camp or whatever...... then go on ice, if its cool or colder
outside then you can get away hanging it for a bit, i dont, mine goes on ice when we are done.

Also skin the carcass soon as you can! much easier than when it gets cold! Nice to have the luxury of a walkin
cooler to hang, we dont...... would be nice!.....


hunt safe, and pray for cooler hunting wx....... this weekend of 60's, upper 70's is for the birds!
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