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Must haves for cleaning animals #7400225 01/09/19 10:18 PM
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OK gentleman fresh newbie here so be gentle !!!!!! laugh
What is in your bag???? What are your must haves for cleaning animals DEER HOGS.... ect thanks

Re: Must haves for cleaning animals [Re: Toolguy15] #7400227 01/09/19 10:22 PM
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Gloves, a sharp knife and wipes. I will usually have a water bottle or two as well. I did recently purchase an outdoor edge razor pro and flip and zip. Made the pelvis cut really easy and the knife is just like a havalon with the razor blades.

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Sharp knife, latex/rubber gloves, water, and I use a small tree lopper to cut through the rib cage and pelvis. Easy breezy!

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I also carry a stone to touch up the knife.

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For just field dressing I just carry a knife, rubber gloves, a couple clean rags, and maybe a bottle of water or two. I prefer the blue Nytryl (spelling?) gloves to the White/clear plain exam gloves. The Nytryl gloves don't blow out putting them on near as often as the others.


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the first 40+ years, merely a good sharp knife for gutting. Usually had another knife or two for skinning and then hit those on a whet rock a few times before deboning.

now I typically have a pair of Nitrile gloves, couple of knifes, one with a sharp gut hook and some water for washing hands ... and usually don't even bother with the gloves. My go to knifes are Buck 102. 105 and 119 that I have had for probably 30+ years. Hard to get sharp but once you do, stays sharp for many deer, just have to hit a stone a few times to knock the tallow off.


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Re: Must haves for cleaning animals [Re: Toolguy15] #7400273 01/09/19 11:15 PM
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A sharp knife

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I skin the animal first, then drop the guts in a bucket to be hauled off. Besides the sharp knife, gloves, water and wipes, I have an "A" frame rig with gambrel and chain hoist. Also, a Home Depot orange bucket for the guts. [Linked Image]


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Re: Must haves for cleaning animals [Re: Toolguy15] #7400283 01/09/19 11:29 PM
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One with knife with gut hook. Fixed blade Buck 191.

Re: Must haves for cleaning animals [Re: Toolguy15] #7400285 01/09/19 11:33 PM
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I agree with DH3, I gutted deer on the ground for many years but my back wonít allow that now. Itís much easier to hang them up and do it all at once. I have a tree limb at camp with a pulley, rope, and grambel set up through the entire season so itís easy when I do shoot something.

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A good knife, have several that one animal I do not need to sharpen for just one deer. On hogs I do prefer to have blue nitride gloves

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An assortment of knives, loppers, half 55 gallon plastic drum, running water with bench top and sink, concrete slab, covered skinning rack with bright lights, weight scale, and double crank winches

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A good bone saw comes in handy..

Luxuries include an electric hoist mounted to something high and solid, good lighting, and an overhead cover to keep you dry while working in the rain.

We use empty liquid livestock feed buckets as gut buckets. Plenty deep and wide to catch and hold the guts from several deer. Well worth asking ranchers if they have one to sell or offer for free.

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My son or one of my nephews does all of that for me.


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Re: Must haves for cleaning animals [Re: Toolguy15] #7400345 01/10/19 12:58 AM
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I no longer will gut a hog. Just cut out blackstrap, shoulder and ham.

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Originally Posted by Roll-Tide
I no longer will gut a hog. Just cut out blackstrap, shoulder and ham.
I don't gut anything. One good sharp knife, well 2, just in case one goes dull on me and some loppers to whack off legs/head.

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After being on a lease with multiple groups of hunters, and having things you try to "donate" to the cause at the skinning rack disappear, a garden hose sprayer to rinse the carcass.


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At least 2 knives one with a gut hook, lopper and saw, gambrel attached to small cable which is attached to a hand winch. Need a good tree to accomodate the winch/cable. Large tub for waste etc., water and gloves which I rarely use. Nice to have a table near by.

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There is always water available, at the cleaning station or in the Gator or Ranger.
Gloves are nice, but not always handy.
A good knife, sometimes sharp is debatable.


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I donít gut them these days. I hang em head down and skin em. Then take the backstrap and debone the hind quarters and sometimes the shoulders (if I havenít blown them up). I use gloves nowadays, and generally use two knives - one for skinning and one for deboning.

The carcass then goes to the back pasture for coyote bait.

Then, itís a tradition in our family to have a Ďkill drinkí. Usually bourbon.


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So by not gutting your deer, some of you don't consider getting to the tenderloins as being worth the effort? Some would consider that a deer hunting felony.

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Originally Posted by Wilhunt
At least 2 knives one with a gut hook, lopper and saw, gambrel attached to small cable which is attached to a hand winch. Need a good tree to accomodate the winch/cable. Large tub for waste etc., water and gloves which I rarely use. Nice to have a table near by.


After years of doing it the hard way, and being much younger you have to adapt with age.
We have a tree with the winch set up that we can pull right up under and, hook the rear legs a few cranks on the boat winch and just pull forward.
Skin, quarter, remove the guts, tenders, and backstraps, and debone the carcass. Ice chest is handy in the pickup bed, and hide, guts, and legs go into the wash tub on the ground to be hauled away......Takes two old men about 30 minutes.

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