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#6995819 - 12/14/17 08:02 AM Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm
cliffie Offline
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Registered: 08/30/10
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I usually loop a steel cable around the upper jaw/snout and hang them head up to skin. Could it be easier if I went head down?
Once saw them skinned by attaching to a steel tube above (head up) and then the skin was pulled off with a boat winch tied to the ground.

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#6996389 - 12/14/17 02:29 PM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
earl39 Offline
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Loc: South Arkansas
I like the head down method but to each his own
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#6996392 - 12/14/17 02:32 PM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
TXAg08 Offline
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Registered: 10/20/14
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Loc: College Station, Texas
I have always skinned head down, but that is the way I was taught a long time ago. I do deer the same way. I am sure both methods are effective and the method used is probably the way people were taught when they were young.

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#6996396 - 12/14/17 02:33 PM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
VAFish Offline
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Originally Posted By: cliffie
I usually loop a steel cable around the upper jaw/snout and hang them head up to skin. Could it be easier if I went head down?
Once saw them skinned by attaching to a steel tube above (head up) and then the skin was pulled off with a boat winch tied to the ground.


I've always done head down. Used a truck winch and that worked pretty well.
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#6997839 - 12/15/17 02:26 PM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
ifearnodeer Offline
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Loc: Garland, TX
I too was taught head down
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#6997944 - 12/15/17 03:33 PM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: ifearnodeer]
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Originally Posted By: ifearnodeer
I too was taught head down

Never tried it head up......
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#6998496 - 12/16/17 05:16 AM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
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Registered: 09/28/10
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head down

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#6998509 - 12/16/17 06:01 AM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
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Went antelope hunting one time with four other guys. One of the guys brought one of those gambrel things that attached to your trailer hitch and had a small winch to lift them up. The lady that owned the ranch watched him do the first one, and gave him a lesson on how to do it with the head up really quickly. I wish I would have watched them closer, as he got to doing it very efficiently and quickly. We shot 17 of them, and he cleaned and skinned the whole bunch.
I have never gotten the hang of doing it that way though.

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#6998777 - 12/16/17 11:24 AM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
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Kickem in the bush and go to the grocery store.....LOL

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#6998972 - 12/16/17 04:07 PM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
yotehater Offline
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Registered: 05/13/16
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Belly down. Cut down back, get straps, remove hams if not smelly. Buzzards get the rest.
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#7000219 - 12/17/17 08:29 PM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
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Registered: 10/30/10
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Loc: Madisonville, TX
I prefer head-down as well...on hogs, deer, elk...it's just the way Dad taught me. NEVER touch the meat after you've touched the hair. After skinning, wash up your hands and knives before gutting/cutting up the meat. (On hogs, I prefer nitrile gloves...but I still wash my knives). Be clean and careful... that'll take care of most of that "gamey" taste that folks complain about
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#7000993 - 12/18/17 12:16 PM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
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head down. easier to split in half.
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#7003613 - 12/19/17 10:32 PM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
roughcut Offline
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Registered: 01/23/17
Posts: 18
Loc: LaMarque, Galveston County
I always skin head down. Bare handed. No gloves for me. I nearly always take the biggest sow. Seven sows and one young boar on a fast follow up shot. I'm lucky to have running water so they get rinsed before getting iced down.

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#7003627 - 12/19/17 10:44 PM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
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Just take the back hams and backstrap. Not much skinning needed and no gutting. Shoulders usually torn up. But we kill a lot of them.

Head down if I am skinning myself with knife. Processor the other day was pulling skin off with head up (cut off though) and winch on ceiling. At camp we have done the same using a vehicle to pull off. I don't trust our hanging branch though.

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#7004226 - 12/20/17 10:48 AM Re: Head up or head down? Best way to skin'm [Re: cliffie]
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Skin 'em ?????

Used to do that. Started out head up because it's easier to get the guts out that way. Switched to head down when I quit gutting them and just took the legs and back straps. Now I don't skin them at all, but just cut off the leg quarters and back straps on the ground. Then I skin the legs on the truck tailgate. I usually debone the hindquarters at the same time.

I leave the carcass (sans legs) for the varmits. Often I'll cut the belly open to make it easier for the 'clean-up crew'.

Here's an excellent video showing how it's done:
http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/6708672/Re:_HOW_TO_DRESS_A_HOG_IN_10_M
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