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Field Dressing a Deer (Feature Article)

and be sure to wipe it dry inside and out with cloth or paper towels so the moisture doesn't leach the meat, which also tastes bad.

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Field Dressing a Deer (Feature Article)

Very interesting way of field dressing Serious Hunter! One thing for others to remember though is that not all states allow you to cut up a big game animal before you register it. Some go so far as to to say it must be fully intact, minus the innards. Be sure of your game laws!

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Field Dressing a Deer (Feature Article)

We can quarter moose and bear here in Maine but we have to keep the hide on, and on bear must be able to tell the sex of the animal when you go to tag it.

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Field Dressing a Deer (Feature Article)

The heart is some of the best eatting, Its tender muscle tissue not an organ like liver. I always eat it first. Wink

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Field Dressing a Deer (Feature Article)

Serious Hunter,
I anxiously await your article. I've boned out deer and elk after gutting and skinning (using the laid out hide to keep flesh off the ground). I'd heard of guys boning out without gutting, but never had it described to me - thanks.

A few questions: 1) Can you better describe how you get the tenderloins (sirloins?) out from under the spine with your gutless method? I find it a little difficult to get these out neatly, even with the cavity opened up. 2) Do you/can you get to the flank steaks (?... the ~ 1 - 2 inch thick flesh alongside the belly - good for fajitas when pounded, well marinated and sliced thinly across grain) without gutting?

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