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Location: novascotia
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hanging the deer

I have seen in outdoor life books that American hunters mostly always hang the deer by the head .So I decided to start hanging my deer by the head and found that it actually made the meat tast a little better .Could this be the reason they hang them by the head or is it just my own way of thinking

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Joined: 08/27/2004
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Slitting the throat

we always hang ours head up we just cut the throat like most people to get the widepipe out.

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Location: Kingston, MI
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Slitting the throat

It doesn't matter whether you hang them by the head or the legs. The meat won't taste any different. I've done both, and I can't tell the difference. I hang them by the legs in a gambrel simply because it's easier (both hanging and skinning.) It's just a matter of preference.

It doesn't make a bit of difference cutting the throat or removing the windpipe either. I've done both and can't tell the difference. It's just a lot easier to do it during the butchering process. It does however, make a difference to your taxidermist. Don't cut the throat if you plan on getting the animal mounted.

I can't believe how many people take an animal to a taxidermist with a big gaping cut through the throat. Don't do that!

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Slitting the throat

lol Nah not for mounts but its also helps with the blood flow when thier throats arent there plus I find the throat holds alot of blood if you dont cut it and take it out sometimes it rots out before you have your animals skinned I dont know about your camp but we butcher all of our deer in the same day usually at the end of the hunt if its cold enough outside if not we do it the day we make the kill.

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Location: new brunswick
Joined: 03/09/2007
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Slitting the throat

driving home from school (after lending my cousin my tire iron to change his tire) the person driving their big pretty lexus suv hits a deer and takes off, well i don't carry a knife when i'm going to school but i stopped to make sure atleast the things dead. its not just the back legs are broken and its trying to stand up. well #*@!. i don't haave anything to finish it of with and i don't want to spend 15 minutes getting a gun letting it die and such not so the long and short of it is i broke its neck in front of a minivan full of kids that had stopped to see if i needed help. i would have waited ... but atleast one kid yelled cool instead of screaming.
wish i'da had a knife though much easier.

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Slitting the throat

I think I woulda done the same.

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Location: Northern Minnesota
Joined: 07/08/2007
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Slitting the throat

Slitting the throat lengthwise allows removal of the windpipe as well as cooling the meat to avoid spoilage. I try to rinse out the chest cavity and the neck with cold water as soon as possible too. I think originally it was done to allow air to cool the meat.

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Slitting the throat

Yep same here we've always done it and I'll keep doing it unless ofcourse its a mount otherwise I do it .

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