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February 14, 2011

How Fast Can You Gut and Skin a Deer?

By Scott Bestul

I'm betting it takes you longer than three minutes...

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from DSMbirddog wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

That's a pretty good job. I didn't see any fingers flying around and landing on the floor. It takes me a bit longer.

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from finnyk wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Daaaanng . . .

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from justinnorton wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

wtf is wrong with this guy? i saw a whole lot of blood flyin and he's wearing a collared shirt?

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from justinnorton wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

wtf is wrong with this guy? i saw a whole lot of blood flyin and he's wearing a collared shirt?

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

It's not a race.

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from db270 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

makes me feel a bit inadequate... ha!

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

The deer could not have been dead longer than an hour. Like Steve said. Not a race.

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from Armchair Mike wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I am not worthy.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I don't usually throw that much blood or urine around when I skin or gut a deer. Must have been a southern deer with a hide that thin, our northern deer don't skin that easy with a hide that is twice that thick. I know the deer that I used to kill in Alabama had hides that thin and were a whole easier to skin. Good job anyway if you are looking for speed only and not quality. More power to him.

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from Walt Smith wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Quality beats speed anyday!

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from riverdemon10 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Holy crap!! I don't even think i could skin a potato that fast. That's incredible.

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from riverdemon10 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Holy crap!! I don't even think i could skin a potato that fast. That's incredible.

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from GiantWhitetails wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

uuuummmmmm... those are some sharp tools there. how does he not dismember himself in this process? it was all good until he dug his knife through the guts. id like to see him dress a moose now.

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from Nebraskahunter18 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

uhhh.... I dont know what to say im still thinking about that one

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from db270 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I believe the blood is from the bullet/arrow wound, not the knife. And the end product looks pretty darn good to me. Maybe a processor or outfitter that has to do 15 or more a day?

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from Team Outdoor Ad... wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

My local processor up in Wisconsin says he does each in about three minutes. That's some talent right there.

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from FishingnotCatching wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

There should be a don't try this at home message at the beginning of this. I don't trust myself to throw around a knife that fast haha. In all seriousness, very impressive.

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from vtbluegrass wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

One thing I don't get is not field dressing. Leave the guts in the field why carry aroud that extra wt. Now you have to handle the guts twice since you have brought them back with you. Then again I don't think I have ever killed a deer where you could simply load it up and go, there is always the drag.

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from ckRich wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

From the knife and methods he is using I would say that this guy is or was a processor or at the least has spent some time on a kill floor. Just like with a shotgun, rifle, or fishing rod, if you use a tool enough it eventually feels like an extension of your hand. Granted he did a few things somewhat out of the ordinary, but he has some serious skills and is no doubt just having a little fun.

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from lostprophet454 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

haha..You know your a red neck when...You can skin a
"white Tail" better than you can spell a "White Tale"

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from lostprophet454 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

haha..You know your a red neck when...You can skin a
"white Tail" better than you can spell a "White Tale"

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

How Fast Can You Gut and Skin a Deer?

Guess it all depends on what rifle i use!

I started to say, By the way, the deer wasn't gutted/field dressed; I blinked!

Great Gobs of Goose Grease, that was quick!

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from smallgamehunter25 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

bet i could do that in 5 minutes if wanted a pile of ruined meat...

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

i take my time. i don't want the kids to see me hurry through it and think they should. that gets people hurt.

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from Brian V wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Definitely thin skin compared to the ones around here

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

After watching again i will say he does a pretty nice job. Clearly he is familiar with his tools, keeps his blades sharp, and has done this many many times. I always field dress my deer in the woods but if i had a shop set-up like that just minutes away, i might use this video as a "HOW-TO". I would have to play it in SLO-MO though.

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from PETESMEAT wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

A very good show, to say the least! I would like to see him do one after hanging for a week or so...

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Give me my boning knife back when your done with it. Large Processors use a machine to pull the skin off, big bucks that have cooled down don't skin as easily as 85lb does. This is why I am surprised at how little attention boning knives get when they are unmatched in functionality, and efficiency. I guess their is a more profit to be made by selling knives that make better crowbars than they do cutting tools. Cheers;|

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from Navarond wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Looked bloated. Notice the air hose? What do you all think? The skinning looked way too easy.

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from 2Poppa wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

That is one sharp knife and dude! That's money in the bank!

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

i can gut one in under 3 minutes but not skin one too in that amount of time

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from ckRich wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

AJ, not bad for a $15 knife right?

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from fishdaddy8 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

That deer is small and no doubt from the Southern states but I live in the south and the hide doesn't just fall off like that no matter how small the deer. I would say they have stuck an air hose under the skin and used air pressure to release the hide before trying to pull it off.

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from woodsmanj35 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Holy cow, that was amazing! Small deer or no, still that is impressive. He defiantly seems to know what he's doing.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Never timed myself in gutting one, I try to be pretty meticulous on that, but my son and I did peel the hide off one in about 5 minutes last season.

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from Dave Singley wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Well, I guess I don't rate compared to this guy.

My times are:

Field Dress 15 minutes
Drag out 25 minutes
Load in truck 5 minutes
Drive to locker 40 minutes
Drop off 10 minutes
Processing 32 days

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from Tpr430 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I'm impressed because I dont think he got anything on that shirt!

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from GiantWhitetails wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

why rush some of the funniest parts of hunting

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from WesMcCormick wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I think it was awesome, I don't believe there was any ruined meat. I ain't gonna dog on him a bit. I wish I could do it.

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from WesMcCormick wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

And also I guessed I missed the urine spilling out. I believe all the blood was from the shot not the knife, And was that an air hose or water hose? judging by the drain opening on the concrete floor just below the gambrel setup, I think its a water hose. If he used air he would have to have made cuts around the legs already....hell i don't know, but it was still pretty cool the second time I watched it.

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from M1jhartman wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I'm guessing this guy worked at a processing facility. This is what it must have looked like 75 years ago when they butchered your hamburgers and steaks.

Awesome video!

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

the most impressive thing is that he didnt get anything on his collared shirt

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

i can usually field dress one in about 6-8 minutes, but i have nothing on this guy.

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

i can gut one in under 3 minutes and skin one in about 5 but not both in 3 minutes

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from 007 wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

I hadn't watched the video before responding earlier. Good grief, he is slick at it! I've got a handful of knives I'd like for him to sharpen too. Well done, and looked to be pretty clean as well.

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from john finley wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

ialways gut my deer in the field. I skin them from the tail down about 1/4 the way and then put a rock into the skin and tie a rope around the rock with a doule half hitch, and tie the other end to my pickup trailer hitch ane drive off and the skin just falls off. It is fast but this guy has me beat.

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from clubberlang68 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Hair everyware, hide wasted and what about the neck rost. Don,t seem to show much respect for the deer. Take your Time and do it right.

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from Billythekid wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

I think I am more impressed with how sharp his knife is, and amazed at how small the deer is. At first I thought it was a jackalope... I think I would still show off though if I could do it that quick. I do most of my bragging on www.shareyourhunt.com its made for clips like this that you wont see many other places...

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from TXHUNTER9955 wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

I hear a lot of whining and lamenting from you guys. Obviously none of you have a MLD permit. If you did, and you shot 50-75 deer in a three day period, you'ld hire that guy! Who says that deer was going in his cooler? I clean deer like that and we donate them to Hunters For the Hungry. Lighten up.

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from gunheaded wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I did one faster than that once with a '71 Camaro but I wasn't near as neat! This guy is AWESOME!!!!

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from hutch7271 wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

#1 --- the gut pile stays in the woods. And #2 ---- razor-like fillet knives are for fish, not deer! I WOULD like to know just what that saw is that he is using though!! Small deer………farm doe, I am guessing……………fresh kill too, or that hide would not have come off as easy as that. I’d like to give him a good 4 or 5 point muley with some Western mountain fat on it, and see what his time is……………………OR, a 7-point bull elk at 1600# green weight laying on a 60 degree (steep) mountain side, slammed up against a 3’ diameter fir tree, gut first, and see what that easterner does with THAT!!!!!!!

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from stickngar21 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Ridiculous

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from Benjamin Powell wrote 29 weeks 4 days ago

I can do it just as fast without a hax-saw... just have to know how to cut the legs off at the joints. Plus you need a really sharp knife!

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I don't usually throw that much blood or urine around when I skin or gut a deer. Must have been a southern deer with a hide that thin, our northern deer don't skin that easy with a hide that is twice that thick. I know the deer that I used to kill in Alabama had hides that thin and were a whole easier to skin. Good job anyway if you are looking for speed only and not quality. More power to him.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

It's not a race.

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from db270 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I believe the blood is from the bullet/arrow wound, not the knife. And the end product looks pretty darn good to me. Maybe a processor or outfitter that has to do 15 or more a day?

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from finnyk wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Daaaanng . . .

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from db270 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

makes me feel a bit inadequate... ha!

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

The deer could not have been dead longer than an hour. Like Steve said. Not a race.

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from Walt Smith wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Quality beats speed anyday!

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from GiantWhitetails wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

uuuummmmmm... those are some sharp tools there. how does he not dismember himself in this process? it was all good until he dug his knife through the guts. id like to see him dress a moose now.

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from Team Outdoor Ad... wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

My local processor up in Wisconsin says he does each in about three minutes. That's some talent right there.

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from FishingnotCatching wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

There should be a don't try this at home message at the beginning of this. I don't trust myself to throw around a knife that fast haha. In all seriousness, very impressive.

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from ckRich wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

From the knife and methods he is using I would say that this guy is or was a processor or at the least has spent some time on a kill floor. Just like with a shotgun, rifle, or fishing rod, if you use a tool enough it eventually feels like an extension of your hand. Granted he did a few things somewhat out of the ordinary, but he has some serious skills and is no doubt just having a little fun.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

That's a pretty good job. I didn't see any fingers flying around and landing on the floor. It takes me a bit longer.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from justinnorton wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

wtf is wrong with this guy? i saw a whole lot of blood flyin and he's wearing a collared shirt?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Armchair Mike wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I am not worthy.

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from riverdemon10 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Holy crap!! I don't even think i could skin a potato that fast. That's incredible.

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from riverdemon10 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Holy crap!! I don't even think i could skin a potato that fast. That's incredible.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Nebraskahunter18 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

uhhh.... I dont know what to say im still thinking about that one

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from vtbluegrass wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

One thing I don't get is not field dressing. Leave the guts in the field why carry aroud that extra wt. Now you have to handle the guts twice since you have brought them back with you. Then again I don't think I have ever killed a deer where you could simply load it up and go, there is always the drag.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from jamesti wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

i take my time. i don't want the kids to see me hurry through it and think they should. that gets people hurt.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from steve182 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

After watching again i will say he does a pretty nice job. Clearly he is familiar with his tools, keeps his blades sharp, and has done this many many times. I always field dress my deer in the woods but if i had a shop set-up like that just minutes away, i might use this video as a "HOW-TO". I would have to play it in SLO-MO though.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Give me my boning knife back when your done with it. Large Processors use a machine to pull the skin off, big bucks that have cooled down don't skin as easily as 85lb does. This is why I am surprised at how little attention boning knives get when they are unmatched in functionality, and efficiency. I guess their is a more profit to be made by selling knives that make better crowbars than they do cutting tools. Cheers;|

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 2Poppa wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

That is one sharp knife and dude! That's money in the bank!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from ckRich wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

AJ, not bad for a $15 knife right?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from GiantWhitetails wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

why rush some of the funniest parts of hunting

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from WesMcCormick wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I think it was awesome, I don't believe there was any ruined meat. I ain't gonna dog on him a bit. I wish I could do it.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from WesMcCormick wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

And also I guessed I missed the urine spilling out. I believe all the blood was from the shot not the knife, And was that an air hose or water hose? judging by the drain opening on the concrete floor just below the gambrel setup, I think its a water hose. If he used air he would have to have made cuts around the legs already....hell i don't know, but it was still pretty cool the second time I watched it.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from gunheaded wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I did one faster than that once with a '71 Camaro but I wasn't near as neat! This guy is AWESOME!!!!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from hutch7271 wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

#1 --- the gut pile stays in the woods. And #2 ---- razor-like fillet knives are for fish, not deer! I WOULD like to know just what that saw is that he is using though!! Small deer………farm doe, I am guessing……………fresh kill too, or that hide would not have come off as easy as that. I’d like to give him a good 4 or 5 point muley with some Western mountain fat on it, and see what his time is……………………OR, a 7-point bull elk at 1600# green weight laying on a 60 degree (steep) mountain side, slammed up against a 3’ diameter fir tree, gut first, and see what that easterner does with THAT!!!!!!!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from lostprophet454 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

haha..You know your a red neck when...You can skin a
"white Tail" better than you can spell a "White Tale"

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

How Fast Can You Gut and Skin a Deer?

Guess it all depends on what rifle i use!

I started to say, By the way, the deer wasn't gutted/field dressed; I blinked!

Great Gobs of Goose Grease, that was quick!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from smallgamehunter25 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

bet i could do that in 5 minutes if wanted a pile of ruined meat...

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from Brian V wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Definitely thin skin compared to the ones around here

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from PETESMEAT wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

A very good show, to say the least! I would like to see him do one after hanging for a week or so...

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from Navarond wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Looked bloated. Notice the air hose? What do you all think? The skinning looked way too easy.

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

i can gut one in under 3 minutes but not skin one too in that amount of time

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from woodsmanj35 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Holy cow, that was amazing! Small deer or no, still that is impressive. He defiantly seems to know what he's doing.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Never timed myself in gutting one, I try to be pretty meticulous on that, but my son and I did peel the hide off one in about 5 minutes last season.

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from Dave Singley wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Well, I guess I don't rate compared to this guy.

My times are:

Field Dress 15 minutes
Drag out 25 minutes
Load in truck 5 minutes
Drive to locker 40 minutes
Drop off 10 minutes
Processing 32 days

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Tpr430 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I'm impressed because I dont think he got anything on that shirt!

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from M1jhartman wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I'm guessing this guy worked at a processing facility. This is what it must have looked like 75 years ago when they butchered your hamburgers and steaks.

Awesome video!

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

the most impressive thing is that he didnt get anything on his collared shirt

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

i can usually field dress one in about 6-8 minutes, but i have nothing on this guy.

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

i can gut one in under 3 minutes and skin one in about 5 but not both in 3 minutes

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from 007 wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

I hadn't watched the video before responding earlier. Good grief, he is slick at it! I've got a handful of knives I'd like for him to sharpen too. Well done, and looked to be pretty clean as well.

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from john finley wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

ialways gut my deer in the field. I skin them from the tail down about 1/4 the way and then put a rock into the skin and tie a rope around the rock with a doule half hitch, and tie the other end to my pickup trailer hitch ane drive off and the skin just falls off. It is fast but this guy has me beat.

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from clubberlang68 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Hair everyware, hide wasted and what about the neck rost. Don,t seem to show much respect for the deer. Take your Time and do it right.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Billythekid wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

I think I am more impressed with how sharp his knife is, and amazed at how small the deer is. At first I thought it was a jackalope... I think I would still show off though if I could do it that quick. I do most of my bragging on www.shareyourhunt.com its made for clips like this that you wont see many other places...

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from TXHUNTER9955 wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

I hear a lot of whining and lamenting from you guys. Obviously none of you have a MLD permit. If you did, and you shot 50-75 deer in a three day period, you'ld hire that guy! Who says that deer was going in his cooler? I clean deer like that and we donate them to Hunters For the Hungry. Lighten up.

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from stickngar21 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Ridiculous

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from Benjamin Powell wrote 29 weeks 4 days ago

I can do it just as fast without a hax-saw... just have to know how to cut the legs off at the joints. Plus you need a really sharp knife!

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from justinnorton wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

wtf is wrong with this guy? i saw a whole lot of blood flyin and he's wearing a collared shirt?

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from lostprophet454 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

haha..You know your a red neck when...You can skin a
"white Tail" better than you can spell a "White Tale"

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from fishdaddy8 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

That deer is small and no doubt from the Southern states but I live in the south and the hide doesn't just fall off like that no matter how small the deer. I would say they have stuck an air hose under the skin and used air pressure to release the hide before trying to pull it off.

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