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Question by MLH. Uploaded on March 12, 2009
I have never done it and see no reason to, but that's just me. In fact I don't even know what the
sorry, reason is for doing it.
If you want to remove the intestinal track and wash out the deer then I suggest you split the pelvis. I've done it both ways and prefer to split the pelvis.
I suppose if you are not deboning your deer you could leave it intact and let the butcher shop worry about it.
I meant tract not track.
We have always done this because it makes it easier to drain the blood and intestines and get meat out later.
I see no reason for it, we have never had a problem debutting a deer of letting it drain with the pelvis bone intact.
Oh yes, that's the only way to properly remove all the intestines and all that goes with it. Any knife somewhat sharp will do the job.
I don't - just cut the anus out with a knife and pull it through. Another hunter split the pelvis on a deer I had just finished dressing. I looked at him quizzically and he said separating the hips helps it to cool. Probably. I just don't bother dulling my knife.
i dont do it when i field dress one.
Out of all the deer I've shot I've only split one pelvis, it makes it a lot easier to take out the intestines but its definately not neccesary
I've always split it, just makes it alittle easier.
No there is no reason to do it if you have a knife with a blade that is over 3-4 inches long you can easily gu the anus and pull it out run a hose back through it and your done.
I do it both ways. I like splitting the pelvic bone because it looks like a cleaner job but I do not like carrying a tool around to split it.
Yes if you want to bone out your deer, and just pack it back to camp.
Sometimes I do some times I don't. I do think it makes things a little easier.
i always split it. i have a small folding saw that works well.
It's definately a personal preference, sometimes I do it and other times I don't. But it isn't neccesary.
When we get back to the house then we do and spray it out with just hot water and then hang it up.
I always split the pelvis. It's not very hard and makes it a lot easier to hang the deer to dry.
I usually have to split the pelvis so we can quarter the animal to properly load it on a pack horse. Everytime I have tried to simply place the gutted deer on a horse in one piece it seems that I can never get it tied on and balanced enough that it will stay put for very long. Otherwise you certainly can manage with a long blade knife so as to get by without the trouble of splitting.
It is not nesacary take your knife work your way around the ball joint on the hind quarters and you can have the same effect. The only way that I know of is to either hammer your knife through (bad on knife) or to saw it and get bone fragments in a blace that is usually the best steak producing area of the deer. Just cut the joints its just as quick with less mess.
I've never done it. My father was a surgeon and he taught me to dismember a deer with nothing but a small knife. Of all my friends that I've taught to skin and clean a deer over the years they all say they can't belive how easy it is the way I disect the animal.
Its very easy to take the legs off from the pelvis without having to cut or split it.
No need to split that thick pelvis bone, just use a BUTT OUT tool.....I used one last week on Michigans season opener on the doe season. Outstanding invention.
I don't do it personally!!!
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