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#6823672 - 07/15/17 06:10 PM Cleaning game when its hot?
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Guys,

I'm planning to hunt a lot more this year with my crossbow and intend to take at least one doe with it. So hunting in October it's usually pretty hot and with the heat comes the flying critters...mainly flies. Last year when the lease foreman was cleaning the doe he shot I was stunned at all the flies! The doe was covered up! He did his best to cover the meat with a stretchy cloth that he wrapped the doe in as he gutted and skinned it...I was trying to keep the flies off while he was trying to hurry up the cleaning of it but there were just so many! Is there anything you use to keep the flies etc away? Will Yardguard work? Or anything else?

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#6823733 - 07/15/17 07:14 PM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: Deerhunter61]
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best thing is quarter it, rince & put in cooler with ice... flag
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#6823895 - 07/15/17 10:26 PM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: colt.45]
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Originally Posted By: colt.45
best thing is quarter it, rince & put in cooler with ice... flag


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#6823998 - 07/16/17 07:24 AM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: colt.45]
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Originally Posted By: colt.45
best thing is quarter it, rince & put in cooler with ice... flag


Always, unless it's below 32 degrees outside, did I say always?

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#6824002 - 07/16/17 07:31 AM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: Deerhunter61]
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I have a machine that draws them in and traps them, it might help; ANother thing is I don't like to gut them in camp, especially when hot; I try to have at least a bag or two of ice still in bags, and use it in the chest cavity ASAP after field dressing, then quartering it back at camp there's less flies;
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#6824015 - 07/16/17 07:51 AM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Learn to quarter the deer without gutting it might help.

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#6824088 - 07/16/17 09:48 AM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: Wilhunt]
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Originally Posted By: Wilhunt
Learn to quarter the deer without gutting it might help.


Learn?? Lol!!

The object is to cool down the animal, right?

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#6824326 - 07/16/17 03:31 PM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: TEXASLEFTY]
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You can get it on ice faster if you don't gut the animal. Skin Quarter then on ice.

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#6824491 - 07/16/17 06:34 PM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: Wilhunt]
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Originally Posted By: Wilhunt
You can get it on ice faster if you don't gut the animal. Skin Quarter then on ice.


This^ without gutting you can skin, quarter and have the animal on ice in around 30-40 mins. Faster if you have someone to help hold.

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#6824899 - 07/17/17 09:27 AM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: rexmitchell]
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Originally Posted By: Wilhunt
You can get it on ice faster if you don't gut the animal. Skin Quarter then on ice.


This^ without gutting you can skin, quarter and have the animal on ice in around 30-40 mins. Faster if you have someone to help hold.

Exactly how I do it and I hunt all of bow season.

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#6824918 - 07/17/17 09:45 AM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Yep I haven't gutted a deer in years. Waste of time to me, but to each their own.

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#6824938 - 07/17/17 10:00 AM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: Wilhunt]
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Originally Posted By: Wilhunt
Learn to quarter the deer without gutting it might help.

When ya huntsolo, & that big one, steps out, i reach for: rofl equate: hemerrhoid cream ... its an advertisement was working on just in case i made the big time...
like with hogs, warmer the weather, faster on ice...
Gutting makes it easier if your not close ta were ya can drive up... flag
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#6825129 - 07/17/17 12:58 PM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: Deerhunter61]
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not sure what the big deal is about gutting a deer ... only takes a couple minutes if you are in a hurry, 4-5 minutes if not rushed ... yes, I have been timed at cleanly gutting a deer in under a minute without help ... sure makes it easier to drag to some access point where a vehicle can then transport too.

When hot, we try to get skinned and quartered quickly, into ice chest or fridge so the meat temperature cools off. We've never been a big fan of soaking in water or ice chest filled with icy water, but to each their own.

While hunting out west where there aren't any trees big enough to hoist a deer up into, we have stuffed bagged ice into the chest cavity and another in between the hind quarters, then wrapped in a tarp for transportation to where we could process or have processed.
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#6825162 - 07/17/17 01:23 PM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: PMK]
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Originally Posted By: PMK
not sure what the big deal is about gutting a deer ... only takes a couple minutes if you are in a hurry, 4-5 minutes if not rushed ... yes, I have been timed at cleanly gutting a deer in under a minute without help ... sure makes it easier to drag to some access point where a vehicle can then transport too.

When hot, we try to get skinned and quartered quickly, into ice chest or fridge so the meat temperature cools off. We've never been a big fan of soaking in water or ice chest filled with icy water, but to each their own.

While hunting out west where there aren't any trees big enough to hoist a deer up into, we have stuffed bagged ice into the chest cavity and another in between the hind quarters, then wrapped in a tarp for transportation to where we could process or have processed.
I am with you on this PMK. I can also gut a deer in less than a minute if I want. Get out the guts and you take away a lot of the heat. Then throw a couple of ice bags in the cavity and you are good to go. I also do not soak the meat in ice water. To me that seems like what you are doing in a way is marinateing the meat in dirty water. But to each his own.
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#6825400 - 07/17/17 04:35 PM Re: Cleaning game when its hot? [Re: Deerhunter61]
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I do not keep the ribs so how is putting ice in the cavity going to cool the hams and shoulders?

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