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Slitting the throat

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?

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I think it's just a hold-over from the old days. Your great-grandfather did it that way, so your grandfather did it that way, so your father did it that way, so you do it that way. Way back when a lot of guys would slit the deer's throat and then drag it home whole--not removing the guts until many hours later.

Nowadays we know that it's better to dress it out on the spot and get the meat cooling quickly. If you do that then slitting the throat is pointless. If you don't do that then a lot of meat is going to turn gamey regardless of whether you slit the throat or not.

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The guide in Argentina did it. It was the first time I saw anyone do that but after seeing why....it made some sense (I still don't do it) but, instead of reaching as far into the chest cavity and cutting the windpipe as far up as he could (thats the way I do it) he slit the throat just under the chin and pulled the whole length of the windpipe out.

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My dad had to get 8 stiches from trying to reach up into the neck to cut the wind pipe of an elk. Cutting the throat is the best way to get the windpipe out unless of course you are going to cape your beast. As for bleeding them out, dead animals don't bleed. Gravity will drain the carcass.

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No need what so ever to cut the throat. If time permits, once you field dress the animal, place the animal cavity down,perferable with hind quarters raised to assist bleeding out.

I seen many, many pics of deer hanging by the neck, allowing blod to "cool" in the hind quarters.Totally wrong. Your objective is to drain blood from the animal but you hang tem in a manner that defeats the purpose. Doesn't make sense..

Just look at the way it is done in slaughter houses.

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I always hang animals upside down. Easier to skin! Never though about blood running to the hind quarters. But been in a lot of slaughter houses and your right, always upside down.

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lol since i was likely the person who mentioned it, I usualy do it because my uncle shot a deer, then ran back to the farm to get the other guys, came back and it was gone. Also i hang it upside down while i skin it, when i slit the throat gravity like you said drains the blood. then i skin and let it drain/ cool for a while. I guess everyones got diffrent ways of doing things. what ever gets the meat good lol

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I only slit one deers throat ,It came to life when I walked up to it and I held it on the ground and about cut its head off. Amazing what adrenalin will do. You see movies about blood pumping out, well when they are lively it will spray just like a waterhose. But when they are dead it does no good.

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I've always thought the best way to bleed an animal is to make sure your bullet or arrow hits it in the heart or lungs area and it will bleed out internally into it's chest cavity. Have no idea where some old habits or traditions come from Think

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Are we talking about animals? What, what who said that? Are you talking to me? Laugh Laugh

I'm just kidding, no seriously I am! What?

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