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I have always left the gut

I have always left the gut pile where the deer falls. I used to try and move it if the deer fell close to my stand. But, I have learned over time a gut pile will not scare away a deer.

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As I was growing up, we

As I was growing up, we always left the gut pile in the woods. More recently, my uncle dug a trench with the backhoe and ask that we put the guts in the trench, which he buried, because his dog was getting into the gut piles.  Very recently, we often bring the deer or bear in whole, hoist them up with an electric hoist and catch the guts in a barrel with a heavy duty plastic drum liner. They are then taken to the trash transfer station. We do this for one of two reasons: 1. because the landowner ask us not to leave gut piles. or 2. because bringing the animal in whole keeps the body cavity cleaner. Having an ATV to retreive the animal makes it much easier to bring them in whole. While most gut piles are quickly cleaned up by other animals, I have noticed that on the farm that I hunt in Penna. they are not.

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I dont mean anything wrong by

I dont mean anything wrong by this but why is the dog's getting into the gut pile in the woods during deer season? I would agree about catching the entrails in a drum and a matter of choice to bury or not. Depends on the situation I guess. I know there's areas where I've hunted in NY like in the White Plains area where some of the landowners will let you hunt but one stipulation is that you have to take the game away from there whole to gut somewhere else. Makes alot less of a mess to bury them though,lol

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He would let the dog out at

He would let the dog out at night and it learned where to look for gut piles. No longer a problem as both the dog and my uncle are gone.

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gut piles

I've only hunted in the West, and have never even considered bringing the gut pile out.  Like others have said, the local scavangers will make short work of it.

I live in rural Montana, and one year I shot a bull elk on the hill behind my house.  There was snow on the ground, and I was able to drag him whole off the hill to the field about 150 yds from my house.  I gutted him there and in the next few days ravens, magpies, and coyotes had the gut pile reduced to the stomach contents and a stain in the snow.  I even watched several whitetails walk to the gut pile, sniff it, then calmly walk away.

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it has never occured to me to

it has never occured to me to not leave the gut pile. 

 

I was loving it when my neighbors dog did role in a gut pile.  Revenge is so sweet.

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That is great . I had that

lol That is great lol. I had that hapen except it was my dog, The wife bout kicked us both out of the house.

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where

Where in North Idaho do ya call home?  I grew up in what I called North Idaho, just out of Lewiston.  Had some land near Sandpoint and that's pretty far north as well.  Some great huntin up there.  Killed my first deer just out of Kendrick.

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I've always left the guts in

I've always left the guts in the woods. I hunt National forrest lands and typically shootmy animal a ways from the roads and i dont wanna pack that extra weight out. i can see taking them with you for some of you guys back east where your hunting small parcels of land. for me that just doesnt work out, i'd rather feed the bears and yotes.

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My dad and I have always left

My dad and I have always left the gut piles lay in the woods. There was a time on a farm we hunt on the one jerk left his gut pile right in front of my ladder stand. I could tell he dragged the deer for a little while then he stopped right in front of my stand and gutted it. I know this doesn't effect the deer movement but it wasn't a very ethical thing to do.

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