Field Dressing Tips

Improper field dressing and failure to keep the animal clean and cool are the biggest problems we see as processors. Once a deer is on the ground, it's crucial to field dress it as soon as possible.  Most hunters can do a passable job of extracting most of the viscera, but many leave the chore incomplete.  You have to split the pelvis and get everything out.  Also make sure you do not break the bladder and get the contents inside the deer.

If the deer was gut shot or otherwise hit in an area that produced a lot of tissue damage, it's best to trim awa

y any damaged flesh. If the deer is headed for a commercial processor, it is wise to leave the skin on the animal.  Many hunters think that removing the skin is important in keeping the animal cool; however, it is just as effective to put a stick between the ribs and prop the body cavity open to allow the deer to cool from the inside out.  Also, if a hunter hasn't skinned many deer, he can end up getting a lot of hair on the animal and that's not good.  A processor can
usually skin much cleaner than a hunter simply because we have much more experience.

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