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Skinning deer #6008190 11/03/15 02:48 PM
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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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I never field dress a deer I take it back skin, quarter, debone, process all at once

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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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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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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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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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I've always gutted mine right after the kill. Regardless if its 90 or 20.

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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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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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Skin on or off

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They will take it either way.

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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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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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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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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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I don't gut my deer if I can make it home quick and I find it quick. If I don't have to take the chance of cutting intestines, I'm not going to. The tenderloins are the only thing I miss. I skin it, get the quarters and backstraps and leave the guts inside the ribs untouched.

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Yeah but if your a mile back in the thicket and have to drag it out on your own your going wanna gut it...unless your the Hulk with a fresh new young back!!


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Spill the guts where they fall immediately. Then skin,quarter and on ice as fast as possible. Process everything myself.

My son worked for a processor last year while in highschool.

I WOULD NEVER BRING A DEER TO A PROCESSOR AFTER TALKING TO HIM...PERIOD.

Folks actually bring un gutted deer in for processing. Blew my mind. Gut shot, etc. All the sausage meat is mixed, etc.

No thanks.

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I skin and gut usually within the hour. If it's cold enough I let it hang as long as possible (up to a few days) if not I wet age the meat in the cooler, keep the drain plug open and add ice as it melts. Don't know if this actually does anything but its tradition.. up

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After the shot, we load up the deer and bring it immediately back to camp. Skin, gut, quarter and throw it on ice. Usually takes about 30 min to an hour for everything depending on stand location of the shot. Process the deer ourselves. It's a lot of work, but the end product is definitely worth it.

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depends on temps....if its warm...gutted in the field and taken to processor immediately...if it's below 40 degrees...i'll gut it in the field and may let it hang overnight but it will be in the processor by noon the next day...either way, I leave the skin on.

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Why don't yall gut your deer?? You're losing a lot of good meat just taking the quarters.. Particularly the tenderloins! I keep all the scrap meat (neck, ribs, flank, etc) for grinding and.. Call me crazy but the heart is one of the best parts! Slice it thin, season with Tony's and pepper, dust in flour and fry it up! grill

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i strive to get mine apart and in the cooler a.s.a.p.
they skin and cut up way easier before they get stiff.
if it's cold it's also easier on the hands to work with
a fresh carcass instead of a block of ice.

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Well, i guess here in texas most of time is not cool where you can hang a deer that night,
though at times yes you can. but our exierence has been its easier to get the hide off
the animal when its somewhat warm, rather than days later from a cooler! easier on the
hands and knuckles in my book! Never had a walk in cooler to hang the meat for days like
curing or aging beef, so for us hide off, knifes out and quarter it to the cooler til we get back
to house for final cleaning.

As for the guts, we save the heart, lungs here if its not gut shot, makes great gravy or catfish
for the following spring, if you fish! holds well in the freezer if you zip loc the bags tight with no
air!

Ready for some fresh jerky in couple weeks!


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I like to gut,skin,and quarter in camp and haul everything to the gut pile when done. If its below 40 will I will let it hang over night. Let it set on ice in the cooler for 3-4 days then proccess myself. Would like to make an old fridge into a meat locker one day.

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