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When do you field dress your deer?

     I know alot of guys that will find their deer, drag it to their truck, then field dress it after they get home. Why do you think it's called field dress? Duh!!!!! I have ate meat of some other hunters and the meat didn't have nearly the taste of the deer I have shot.  I asked them when they field dressed it and they all said when they get home. If you want the best tasting meat, field dress it where it lays after it laid down and died. This is why alot of people have had deer meat and said they don't like it. Could you imagine eating a cow after it was shot and killed then drug through the woods up and down hills for nearly a mile. Then, loaded up on the truck and driven for nearly an hour. By the time the cow is dressed out it is nearly a half day. How do you think that cow would taste. So, properly dress your kill and many more people would enjoy the meat instead of hating it. This would probably get more people involved in hunting as well.

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I dew da same thing

I dew da same thing ManofdaFall,Gut'em that is,skin'em out at home,cept i put'em up on tailgate of truck,my back ant as good as it use'ta B....Bside's who want's ta take all that mess home...i dont,coyote's will have it up N no time..

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I agree. I gut them ASAP and

I agree. I gut them ASAP and skin them as soon as possible too.  You barely need you're knife to skin them when they are still warm and it will help the meat cool down that much quicker.  If It's early in the season and the temps are still warm i will de-bone all the meat and put it in the refridgerator for at least two days to cure before wrapping and packaging.

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The only time that I didn't

The only time that I didn't clean my animal right after finding him was in high school many years ago.  We headed up the canyon right after school (that was when you could have a firearm on campus) and shot one at dusk and did't find him until way after dark.  That was before we decided that a flash light was standard equipment.  We threw him in the trunk of the car and headed home 10 miles away hung him up in a tree and did it there.  But other than that one he is usually cleaned within 10 minutes of me finding him. 

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I always field dress it on

I always field dress it on the spot except for a time several years ago when my uncle wanted us to field dress deer at a pit where he would use a backhoe to bury the offal to keep the dog from getting into it. The sooner you get it field dressed, the better it will taste. I also have a bad back and have purchased a winch setup that go into a 2 inch reciever hitch. Makes gutting and skinning MUCH easier!!

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I usally field dress right

I usally field dress right away, its typicaly just me to get it out of the woods and I dont wanna pack or drag that extra wieght. I knew some body who a few years ago shot a very nice elk, put it in the back of his truck a drove it around all day in 90+ degree weather un dressed and spoiled the meat and got a hefty fine when the game warden finally caught up with him. i told him he was a dumbass and got what he deserved.

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I field dress ASAP.  I do not

I field dress ASAP.  I do not think I am gonna drag an elk all the way back to the truck.  Coyotes gotta eat too.

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It would of been interesting

It would of been interesting on how he got the elk into his truck.  With the hide on that meat proably started to spoil before he even got it off of the hill.

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When do you field dress your deer?

I've always gutted an animal of any kind right there in the field. Often with Elk, it's coming out in several pieces anyway. Besides, I'm often quite a way from home depending, and/or might still have camping left to do... ;-)

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