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Posted: 8/3/2009 6:05:27 AM EST
My son wants to start deer hunting. We've got the land. Got the gun. Got the ability (debatable...). But what do you do with the deer once you kill it? Is there any way to learn the proper way to gut one without trial and error?

Thanks!

TC
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:13:06 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/3/2009 6:14:45 AM EST by DanParker]
Good info on the same question in this recent thread: Dressing deer\processing

Although bear in mind that a certain amount of trial and error is unavoidable whenever you're translating non-interactive instruction into real experience in the field. But don't let that worry you. Dressing deer is really not a technical challenge. The most important thing is to be mindful of safe knife-handling procedures. Slipping and slicing yourself open out in the woods can be a fatal mistake. Even butchering it is not that difficult if you have a few tools (a couple of good knives, a sausage grinder and some butcher's paper) and a place to do it, though you might want to ease into things and take your first kill to a processor if you have a good one locally.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:20:32 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/3/2009 6:22:05 AM EST by AA717driver]
Thanks, Dan. I do have a local processor in mind. One step at a time. ;)

Also, what kind of knife/s do you recommend?

TC
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:42:54 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/3/2009 6:44:16 AM EST by supremeweasel67]

Originally Posted By AA717driver:
My son wants to start deer hunting. We've got the land. Got the gun. Got the ability (debatable...). But what do you do with the deer once you kill it? Is there any way to learn the proper way to gut one without trial and error?

Thanks!

TC


Check out this link:
https://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=10&f=23&t=626123

There are some good information in there. There are several videos on youtube.
There are also several books on the subject in bookstores. online, or possibly at your library.


As for which knife, just about any of them will work. Just make sure they are sharp.
I personally like a smaller (3-4 inch length blade). This knife has always been my favorite https://www.knifesupplycompany.com/152ot.html
Easier to work with and less chance of accidently poking/cutting something while field dressing. also less wieght in your pack.

Hope this helps, and good luck.
You could also post in the local forum to see about picking up a "mentor". Hunting is always best when shared with family and friends.
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