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How to properly prepare and process white tail deer?
saskie wrote:
I don't think the gut pile bothers them too much, but you're going to leave a big human scent bomb gutting and dragging you kill out...not to mention the fact that (assuming its a rifle hunt) your shot will have spooked off every deer within 200 yds and that may be too much for them.

I'd give it a few days to settle down before I'd go back.

good point

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How to properly prepare and process white tail deer?

I will be the first to admit, that i have a good situation out here in idaho. My propery borders national forest. With that said. I ahve shot deer in the morning, gutted the deer righ there. and a couple of hours later there are deer in the same exact spot. Maybe the deer around me are used to human scent, but gut piles have never seemed to bother the deer at all, that i have seen.

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How to properly prepare and process white tail deer?
tim wrote:
I will be the first to admit, that i have a good situation out here in idaho. My propery borders national forest. With that said. I ahve shot deer in the morning, gutted the deer righ there. and a couple of hours later there are deer in the same exact spot. Maybe the deer around me are used to human scent, but gut piles have never seemed to bother the deer at all, that i have seen.

tim

well i guess if you put it that way, you are right. must be nice to be able to shoot a deer from your back yard. Cry wish i could do that

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How to properly prepare and process white tail deer?

All our game (deer, elk, antelope) is always very tasty! I attribute that to immediately gutting the animal, and then getting it skinned and hung to age as quickly as possible. If its very cold out (like close to freezing) we still have the animal gutted immediately, but skinning within a couple hours is not as critical. However if its warm outside, then I want the animal hung in a cool place and skinnned ASAP. We have always done our own butchering, and completely bone our meat out. I personally believe that freezing bones with the meat or any of the fat, makes the meat more gamey tasting. So we're very careful in trimming and removing all fat.

Our scrap meat goes to the butcher and is turned into meat sticks & sausage. I like making my own homemade jerky and I do that throughout the year as needed - or until the meat runs out! lol

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How to properly prepare and process white tail deer?
cowgal wrote:
All our game (deer, elk, antelope) is always very tasty! I attribute that to immediately gutting the animal, and then getting it skinned and hung to age as quickly as possible. If its very cold out (like close to freezing) we still have the animal gutted immediately, but skinning within a couple hours is not as critical. However if its warm outside, then I want the animal hung in a cool place and skinnned ASAP. We have always done our own butchering, and completely bone our meat out. I personally believe that freezing bones with the meat or any of the fat, makes the meat more gamey tasting. So we're very careful in trimming and removing all fat.

Our scrap meat goes to the butcher and is turned into meat sticks & sausage. I like making my own homemade jerky and I do that throughout the year as needed - or until the meat runs out! lol

We do our the same Gut where they fall hang in a cool place . When we butcher we debone and the scraps go to the butcher for sasage.
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How to properly prepare and process white tail deer?

personally we gut it in the woods skin it and take the head off. the we let it hang for a week then cut it up into your choice of cut.

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