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Hunting and Field Dressing
« on: February 01, 2009, 08:42:18 pm »
DB,

That deer was shot 20 minutes before.  I live a mile away from where I hunt.  We don't field dress because there is no need for it.  Also, where I come from, we don't gut shoot our deer.  I learned to hang them up by the neck and get the hide off in under a minute. With the help of a truck, of course.  :)

I don't hunt for horns.  If you can't eat it, I'm not too worried about it.  I like shooting big fat does.



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    Re: Hunting and Field Dressing
    « Reply #1 on: February 02, 2009, 04:34:44 pm »
    I don't hunt for horns either, only meat, but when your tag specifies "Buck Only", then there is no choice.  Nothing wrong with shooting a big doe, they even taste slightly better, unless you make a bow kill pre-rut.  Where I come from, no matter how big your "rack" is, it's still small. 

    For instance, my animal that I shot above (one round through the heart, up the side of a mountain @ 9,000 feet from 395 yards - prone position) I was ripped the whole time back to the hunting cabin, until it went on the scale and after the horns were cut off and measured against the 5 "Trophy full head mounts" in the house.  My rack was bigger then all but one, so it finally shut them up.   ;D

    Gut shooting a deer has nothing to do with ruining the meat, though it doesn't help.  I wouldn't know, I've never gut shot anything.

    You shot that buck and the blood itself from all that internal bleeding combined with the foul hormones running in the blood down into your meat.  That wrecks it everytime, no exceptions.  You ever buy foul tasting pork from the butcher that you still can eat but has the "smell" and after taste like body oder once in a blue moon?  That's because your butcher/grocier bought "boar" meat.  You have to cut off the testicals otherwise the horemones ruin the tast of the pork in a pig because they are so potent.  As my grandad said when ever a butcher tried to sell him prime pork loin, he'd say "Lite a match under it..."

    Also you have to get the guts out to cool down the cavity ASAP, especailly a warm climate like where you are, before the meet starts to spoil.  If where you hang your animal is not cool enough then you'd better process the meet that day.  I do all my own butchering and processing and once the thermometer is above 40 degrees, I'll skin and butcher the animal then and there.

    That's got to be quite a trick dressing a hanging deer without tainting the meet.  I'd like to see that.

    If you prepare venision for your family or guests and they can "tell" it's venision, then you improperly dressed your deer.

    There should absolutely be no "game" or aftertaste in the meat.  It has it's own flavor, yes, but not like what you think.  People who eat at my house never know they are eating deer/antilope or Elk.  They think it's a better grade of beef, and it truely is and higher in protien then beef.

    Half of all the meet my family eats for the year is wild game, so it has to taste good.  I'm having Elk Chipoltle Cheese Burgers with kids toninght. 

    Maybe you have a different way of getting the same job done only faster, but I'm skeptical.  I like your idea of using a picup to skin the animal, never thought of that.  Takes me about 15 minutes to skin a deer and most of that is me yanking down on the hide.  I skun both that elk and my deer in the picure above and had 3/4's of the deer processed by myself in the time it took the hunting party to go out with a four wheeler up the third ravine and retrieve my brothers buck.

    I'd love to see you make a video of that (pick up skinning and gutting while hanging) sometime.  Sounds interesting.

    Born on the Iron Range.  What can I say?  I love Liberals and Snow.

    They taste like chicken and it's easy to track 'em.
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    Re: Hunting and Field Dressing
    « Reply #2 on: February 03, 2009, 06:57:06 am »
    db,

    Take it easy on the guy.  Different people do things in different ways and diversity makes the world go round.  If what he does works for him, why attack him for it?

    I'm not saying you are wrong, but consider a couple of things:

    Butchers hang animals head down because the heart is still beating when they stick them in the neck, so most of the blood beats out.  This is not so when the animal is already dead.  Blood pooled in vessels will flow down by gravity, not by which direction the head is in.  Quarter up your animal promptly and it doesn't matter which direction it hangs when you gut it, in terms of blood flow.

    If you want to talk about hormones though...  well, if you shoot an animal and it goes sprinting off - as they sometimes do - what part of them is accumulating most of that soup of icky hormones?  That's right.  The rear legs.  Flip them upside down, and you are running that soup back through the rest of the critter, by your logic.

    The fact is, and I think you'll agree with me, that all of these arguments are not so simple as all that.  There is a lot to be said about handling game meat.

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    Re: Hunting and Field Dressing
    « Reply #3 on: February 03, 2009, 07:01:29 am »
    I'm having Elk Chipoltle Cheese Burgers with kids toninght. 

    Side of fries wasn't enough?
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    Re: Hunting and Field Dressing
    « Reply #4 on: February 03, 2009, 07:48:42 am »
    I've been hunting since before I was born (No, seriously, my mother was on a stand when she was pregnant with me :neener ), and my family's been doing it for years and years on the same property.  In all those years I've not once tasted "Gamey" meat.  We don't spoil the meat.  We get the hide off as soon as possible,  no matter the weather.  We hang them by the head, since it's easier to pull the hide off (with the help of a tailer hitch and a rock).  We hack off what meat we want, stick it in a cooler full of ice, then fill it with water.  We drain and refil for about a day or so, then we cut it up.

    This method's work for my family for only god knows how long.  You read something different somewhere?  That's fair.  I'll keep on doing what works.

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    Re: Hunting and Field Dressing
    « Reply #5 on: February 03, 2009, 02:20:14 pm »
    Deer Hunter, and DB, I'd love to see video of both of your field dressing techniques. The Pickup truck method just sounds too good to NOT see on video, and I've never field dressed anything bigger than a rabbit. I don't hunt yet, but I'd like to get into it, and having a visual on how to dress a larger animal would be helpful.
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    Re: Hunting and Field Dressing
    « Reply #6 on: February 03, 2009, 03:08:15 pm »
    DH is probably talking about "golf balling".  Search for "golf ball skinning" on you-tube.  Lots of videos of it.
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    Re: Hunting and Field Dressing
    « Reply #7 on: February 03, 2009, 10:36:19 pm »
    Watched a video about it.  Yep, that's how we do it.  However we've been doing it that way for a very long time.  Gets the skin off very quickly.

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    Re: Hunting and Field Dressing
    « Reply #8 on: February 03, 2009, 10:41:37 pm »
    Watched the video.

    That. Is. Awesome.
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