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Old October 2nd, 2014, 01:55 AM #1
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Deer skinning/gutting hoist

Im in the process of making one I can strap to a tree in the back yard...so whats everyone else's method? I used to hang a deer on some smaller trees in the front yard in MD but around here theres no trees small enough or close enough to the house. So Im making my own. I'll post pics when its complete. I have everything except for a couple bolts to mount the hand crank/winch.

I know some folks gut a deer on the ground where it was found, I just prefer to take my time at home where I can rinse out the carcass with a water hose.
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 02:35 AM #2
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I dont usually care to drag the extra 30-50lbs out of the woods lol. I have heard that gutting them while hanging is way easier though which I dont doubt. I may try it if I get the chance.
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Deer skinning/gutting hoist

My buddy has a trailer hitch pulley system he bought but thats only for white tail. For mule deer and elk we quarter them on site then hike the rest out. A total PITA but damn good eating. Gutting while hanging is so much easier.
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Unless it's cold outside, I like to get the carcass cooled down as soon as possible. Gutting them in the woods seems to do this better than waiting until you get the deer home. I guess there's no right or wrong answer, it's just personal preference.

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Two eye hooks in a big oak tree with one about 12 feet up and the other about 10. Rope from the gambrel goes through the pulley on the 12 foot eye hook then gets tied to the truck. Back truck up lifting the deer. Gambrel has 6 inches of chain attached to it with a carabiner. Chain goes over the lower eye hook and voila, deer hanging from tree with no ropes to come loose. Then I skin it with the truck
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I drag my deer to a hill, head side up. Let's the innards flow with gravity.

My primary goal is to let the meat cool asap.

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Where I hunt we got a couple spots to gut deer in the wood and that is away from camp and far enough away from anybody's stand. Plus we gut on the ground, I find it very easy to do it that way. Then back at camp we got a deer hanging pole that can hole about 4-5 deer. It was made out of old fencing post we had laying around. One upright is in the shape of a Y that is upside down. The top hanging bar goes from that to a tree branch and is sitting in that (been there so long the tree has grown around the bar). Then behind the deer hang we got a stand that looks like something a cowboy would tie his horse too that's about 2' off the ground and that's where we tie the rope to as the deer is hanging.
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If I'm by myself, I do the same as rgramjet...gut it on the ground with the head uphill of the rest so gravity helps and work from the neck down.

If I've got someone to help me, I prefer to hang it by the neck. Guts come out easy since they don't pile up in the rib cage like they would if it were hanging by hind legs.
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I normally gut in the field and carry extra water to wash out if I hit intestines. But have gutted from a hoist, I strung the deer up by the neck and guts hit the bucket. But like earlier stated why haul 25 to 35 lbs out of the woods. For normal skinning and breaking down I use a hoist & rod hook, hoisting the deer by the hind legs. These girls are from a few years back, Wendy killed two in the late morning and I followed about 45 minutes later, a good day. Chris
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I understand the gutting where the animal died...but typically we have access to a 4wheeler, so gutting at home is better for us so we do not get dirt and rocks etc inside the carcass. My hoist is almost complete, all I have left is to make the hanger and cut a bolt to the right size. I'll post pics in the next day or two.
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