We are just winding up our 2017 Reader Submission Contest (You can still vote for “Reader’s Choice here), but this is the other type of guest post: a post by a blogger looking for some exposure for their own site. We are perfectly happy lending our platform in exchange for quality content. In this case, the author is Mitchell Wood of the blog MusketHunting.com.
Field-dressing wild game.
By Mitchell Wood
Wild game produces high-quality meat which makes it popular. However, you should follow the proper field dressing protocol to protect both the meat and yourself.
If you want to improve the quality of your meat, you may want to know deer processing cost. The charges might depend on how much meat from a deer. Although there are different ways of dressing game meat, the equipment is the same.
Regardless of the procedure that you follow, you should ensure the final results a clean, well-dressed game. Whether you are hunting for fun, to get food for your family or commercial purposes, field dressing game is an important procedure. Even if your deer is headed to the processor.
What are some of the equipment that you need for field dressing game?
· Sharp knife – A sharp, sturdy knife will deliver good results. You may want a knife that has a
large handle to prevent accidents.
· Steel for sharpening – You may want to sharpen the knife while dressing a large animal like a
· Nylon cord or rope – This will help you in case you want to hang animal while dressing or
· Plastic storage bags – The storage bags will come in handy if you want to transport some
internal organs after dressing.
· Plastic gloves – At times you might want to wear plastic gloves to prevent the risk of getting
infections when dressing your deer.
· Clean water – You might want to clean hands or part of the carcass while dressing and before
Filed Dressing Game
The process of dressing game largely depends on the size of the animal. But you will realize that
some steps are the same for deer, rabbit, and bird. Dressing the animal immediately is important
because it prevents foul smell and increases the ease of transportation. Dressing the animal
immediately will also improve the quality of your game and prevent bacteria from growing on
the animal’s body. It’s advisable to wear gloves when dressing the animal. If you don’t have
gloves, you can wash your hands before and after dressing the game.
Process of Dressing
Place the animal legs apart in a sloppy position. The head should be positioned on the sloppy
side. Alternatively, you can use the rope to tie the deer’s legs to a tree. This process will open the
carcass for quick and easy dressing. Ensure the carcass is positioned on its back.
The process is always different for male and female animals. If you shot a buck, you should cut
the sex organs carefully and leave the scrotum for sex identification. This process might vary
based on the rules in your state. For females, just use the knife to cut the udder. You should be
careful not to leave a large hole in the abdominal region. A small hole is the best because it
prevents dirt and other contaminants from entering the carcass.
Now it’s time to remove the intestines. Use the knife to cut the along the midline from the
bottom of the animal to the breastbone. You can make the cut by holding the skin and muscles
together. You will use one hand to hold the knife, and the free hand will pull the muscle layer up.
Once you make a big cut, you can insert your hand into the opening below the breastbone.
Make sure to hold the sharp part of the knife facing up to prevent puncturing the intestines.
Remember puncturing the intestines can contaminate your meat with food bacteria. In this
process, you should prevent the animal’s fur, whole or dirt from finding its way into your meat.
It’s advisable to clean the knife often between cuts to prevent contaminating the meat. Use the
clean water to wash the knife before making the next cut.
Now make a cut around the anus. If you shot a female animal, you can cut the vulva. Loosen the
anus so that it’s free from the rest of the meat. Make sure to hold the anus or vulva tightly to
prevent feces from contaminating the meat. You can use a simple rubber band to tie the anus.
Carefully pull the anus and the internal organs. In case you have troubles removing the
intestines, roll the carcass over. At times the internal organs might fail to come out because they
are attached inside the body cavity.
Use the knife to loosen the internal organs for quick and easy removal. After removing the
internal organs, you can separate the heart, liver from the rests of the organs. You may wash
these organs and place them in a plastic bag ready for transportation.
Insert your hand into the cavity and cut the diaphragm to free chest or rib cage. You might
consider removing the gullet and windpipe from the carcass by cutting them from the chest
cavity. It’s good to remove these parts because they may compromise the quality of your game
If you don’t to cut the gullet and windpipe; you can insert your hand into the cavity and pull
them out. However, pulling these parts might be more work. You might wonder how much meat
from a deer can be gotten. You will enough meat for your purpose.
Finishing The Dressing Process
Now you have finished dressing your game meat. But it’s good to improve its quality further.
Use the clean water to clean the cavity. You will see excess blood that is left on the animal’s
body while dressing. Use the clean water, clean all the visible dirt, feces, fur, hair or bloodshot
on the animal’s body.
Now hang the carcass to dry the water inside the cavity. You can also use a dry towel paper to
dry the cavity. Rinse the cavity of the thoroughly to ensure no dirt material is left. Avoid using
dirty water that is found in the forest such as a pond or stream water. Drying the carcass
thoroughly is good to prevent excess moisture that might encourage the growth of bacteria.
You can be innovative to increase air circulation which will aid the drying process. Leaving the
animal in the sun for some time after dressing can be a good idea. If you have a freezer, you can
simply package the carcass immediately.
You might want to skin the animal after dressing. Skinning the animal immediately after
dressing is simple. Make a cut down around each leg toward the middle of the carcass. Next cut
the skin around the neck. Grab the skin with both hands tightly and pull down hard. The skin will
come off. In case the skin sticks in some parts, use the knife to remove it.
Hello and welcome to my blog. I am Mitchell founder of MusketHunting. Here at Musket Hunting, I provide guides on how to
hunt effectively, answer reader’s questions, and review the latest hunting gear. Hunting will give you the experience that nothing else in
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