I noticed someone mentioned slitting the throat on another thred. I don't do that unless it'll be some time befor I get home. Yet I've seen guy's do it that just slice it sideways, I'm not sure why? If I'm not getting home for awhile, I want the wind pipe out of the neck. So I hand the deer and skin it. Then I slit the throat from where it meets the chest to the base of the head. This exposes the wind pipe and it come's out easily.
When I was a kid, we thought that the throat was slit to bleed it out. Never saw where much blood came out that way. Once the heart stops beating, any blood in the vein's probally run's to the lowest point and most I find in the chest cavity.
Anybody else know where this slitting crossway's idea came from?