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What are people's thoughts about skinning a deer using the method where one ties a rock to the hide, then ties a rope to the roc

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  • Sarge01
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    We skin all of the deer at our deer camp like this. We hang all of our deer and sometimes leave them hang for a week. By using this method it doesn't make any difference if the hide is cold. The only thing different we do is hang our deer by the back legs and then cut around the tail and tie the rope to the knot that the tail makes when it is cut off. Helps keep almost all of the hair off the deer. We have been doing this for years.

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  • CPT BRAD
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    It works great! You can jerk the hide off in about 10 minutes. No damaage to the meat at all! We used to use horses back in the day and now use ATVs.

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  • deerslayer1234
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    Thats exactly what my uncle does. but he uses an ATV.

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  • Cgull
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    I hang my deer head down and by both knees with gamble. I start removing the hide from the legs, hams and after removing the tailbone I wrap several halgf hitches around the inverted tailbone (no rock or ball is needed) tie to my 4 wheeler and pull away. This pulls the deer at a 45 making for easy knive work where needed, after the hide and neck is removed the deer swings back verticle for processing.

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  • stormn
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    We have never tried it, but I also half jokingly suggest it as we take out our knives to begin skinning

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  • buckhunter
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    Jim in Mo beat me to it. It works great but the deer has to still be warm.

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  • jestr1
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    Think ill do it the old fashioned way. Sounds like a good way to ruin deer meat!

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  • hjohn429
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    That is the only way we ever skin our deer. It only takes about 10 minutesa and is a piece of cake. We either use a rock or a golf ball.

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  • kdklaas
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    Yep, bjohnston provided the detail for sure! Thanks all for the input, and I will be sure to try this on my next deer (maybe). My buddy is a taxidermist, so I am trying to save him hides when I can, but Bioguy hit it on the head in his first reply. When time is of the essence (like an early fall, warm weather kill) this method should work great in getting meat cooled quick and efficiently.

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  • 99explorer
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    bjohnston has given us a very thorough description of the procedure, and we didn't even need a skinning knife. One, two, three and that boy is out of his suit. It sounds almost too good to be true.

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  • Jim in Mo
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    Yes it works very well if your deer is still somewhat warm. If it's cold you could pull the head right off.

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  • bjohnston
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    The deer is hung by the neck, The hide is cut around the neck and down the frount legs with the legs cut off at the knees (both the front and back legs need to cut off at the knees). The rock or golf ball is place under the hide between the shoulder blades. Tie one end of the rope around the bulge made by the rock or ball, the other to your truck. SLOWLY pull hide off. The hide comes off case skinned like a coon. You should have a hairless body.

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    Oh, I think I see. I guess you'd have to tie the hind legs to something. Still, I'm having trouble picturing how this works. How is the rock placed underneath the skin? I'd be concerned about the flank meat coming off with the hide. That stuff is good for sausage. Also, there's a spot at the top of the ham that always seems to want to stick to the hide.

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  • kdklaas
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    Thanks for the reply all. From what I've seen, the rock is placed to the underside of the hide to make kind of a ball to tie the rope to on the hair side. I've seen this method used on a warm deer as explorer noted by a guy I work with who videod it and it seemed to work pretty well. The deer was on the ground (on a tarp), but have seen it in one of my books where the deer is hanging from a tree (by the rack) too.

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    This doesn't make any sense to me. What purpose does the rock serve? So, the deer is laying on the ground when the hide is stripped off? Personally, I don't care for gravel in my hamburger.

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