To Gut or Not to Gut ?

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If you’re going straight to a processing plant in an hour or two, is it necessary to gut a deer ?

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  1. Brian Corll

    Brian Corll Newb

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    If you’re going straight to a processing plant in less than an hour or two, is it really necessary to field dress a deer ?
     
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    Welcome to the forum. I can't say at I have ever considered not gutting.

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    It's not necessary, but just about every processor will charge an extra fee for it if that matters.

    Biggest concern is how long it has been dead and/or temps. 2 hours from shot is a lot different than 2 hours from recovery.

    Most processors will not accept bloated deer.
     
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    when I was much younger and inexperienced, I killed a doe and she piled up about 10' from the road. Uncle brought his truck down to help me get her, and I say "awesome, we can just flip her into the back of the truck and take her straight to the processor." Uncle looks at me like I got three heads and says "you killed it, you gut it."

    So yeah, 20 some years later- you kill it, you gut it.

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    0317 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    GUT IT !! ..... when I had private, I had a spot I would try to get the deer to and gut there, I'd get it to the truck, go across the road to a rise/hill on the place and field dress there, I could alway angle the hindquarters down the hill, and any blood, etc would run out, and it made the FDing so much easier (Ive used logs the same way ) ..... the processors around here will not take a deer that is NOT field dressed, they dont want the innards around, plus it is more work for them .... the place I go to will turn them away and tell them to field dress it themselves ....
     
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    Field dressing takes what 20 minutes if you suck at it. Definitely field dress. You appreciate what you have done and earn it. You also learn about how your arrow works and if you need to change your set up by getting in there.


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    Nick Lewandowski Weekend Warrior

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    Always gut your deer. Helps cool your deer off quicker.
     
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    Gut or use boneless method... Depends on size of deer, type of deer, temp and distance I need to move it.

    Gut to cool the meat, already mentioned, but less weight facilitates a carry or drag. Most NC whitetails are gonna be less than 150#, but the last one I shot was a 2 mile hike and it was ~65 degrees. He was gutted and a the drag really sucked.

    A muley (or bigger like elk, moose), is most likely getting broken down via boneless method (unless not permitted in that area).
     
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    The only time I don't gut is when I quarter the deer and pack it out.
     
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    That's not necessary. Lots of deer go a heck of a lot longer before they are even found. I only voted yes because our processing plants around here will charge you extra if you don't. We use gutless method quite a bit. I am almost just as fast cutting it into meat groups and throw it in a cooler right away.
     
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    scarps23 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I like the gutless method too depending on where the deer lies. If you have a cooler nearby it doesn't take long to get the meat off. We process our own deer so it depends on where I'm at. At our farm we usually hang them. Skin them and gut them.

    I would still gut it before locker even if they didn't require it. I like to know that the meat has been taken care of the correct way.
     
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