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Old 11-26-2018, 07:29 PM   #1
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I was browsing Facebook just now. Came across a deer processor in North Carolina. They post various pics of customers with their deer. I noticed none of the deer had been field dressed. Most of them already bloated. Is there laws against this in other states?
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Old 11-26-2018, 07:34 PM   #2
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That is a very strange pic. Are you asking if there are laws that prevent you from field dressing your deer? I canít imagine that. More likely a hipster hunting party and no one had a knife.
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Field dressing is a superb way to increase your coyote population..
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That is a very strange pic. Are you asking if there are laws that prevent you from field dressing your deer? I canít imagine that. More likely a hipster hunting party and no one had a knife.
If that's the case, those hipsters are some **** deer slayers.
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If that's the case, those hipsters are some **** deer slayers.
Every year one opening weekend some buddies of mine head over to our local deer processing place to see what comes in and it s truly amazing how many animals come in not gutted ď the processor charges $25 extra to gutting ď
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That picture is why I dislike using processors. Our deer that we carefully clean, handle, etc., get mixed with those nasty bloated deer. I had a processor admit once he mixes deer when he makes jerky/sausage because he needs a certain amount to make full batches.
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That is a very strange pic. Are you asking if there are laws that prevent you from field dressing your deer? I canít imagine that. More likely a hipster hunting party and no one had a knife.
Actually, yes. This is just one pic on their site, but every other pic of individuals with their harvest already at processors, none are field dressed. Just made me wonder if laws prevent it.
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[QUOTE=pilar;13817292]Every year one opening weekend some buddies of mine head over to our local deer processing place to see what comes in and it s truly amazing how many animals come in not gutted ď the processor charges $25 extra to gutting ď[

I think it's 50 to 75 in Mills county to gut your deer. They hire High School kids on the weekend.
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Actually, yes. This is just one pic on their site, but every other pic of individuals with their harvest already at processors, none are field dressed. Just made me wonder if laws prevent it.
Can you imagine how much meat would spoil if there were a law that prevented field dressing? I can see it in a controlled environment where research was being conducted but thatís about it. What does the processor do with all the gut piles?
Those pics donít lie. Are you sure that is a processor and not some badazz skinning shack on the ranch?
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Can you imagine how much meat would spoil if there were a law that prevented field dressing? I can see it in a controlled environment where research was being conducted but thatís about it. What does the processor do with all the gut piles?
Those pics donít lie. Are you sure that is a processor and not some badazz skinning shack on the ranch?
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You wouldn’t believe how many people don’t gut there animals and pay to have it done
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That picture is why I dislike using processors. Our deer that we carefully clean, handle, etc., get mixed with those nasty bloated deer. I had a processor admit once he mixes deer when he makes jerky/sausage because he needs a certain amount to make full batches.


Been to processors 3 times now. First time was amazing product. Next 2 times had me throwing product away. Ill do my own now. Like you I invest considerable effort into the cleanliness of my meat.


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Every year one opening weekend some buddies of mine head over to our local deer processing place to see what comes in and it s truly amazing how many animals come in not gutted ď the processor charges $25 extra to gutting ď[

I think it's 50 to 75 in Mills county to gut your deer. They hire High School kids on the weekend.
This is so sad seeing guys rolling in, in a dodge duelly with a lift , driver in $500 in camouflage wife/ baby momma in the same outfit except in pink
With a truck load of deer that havenít been gutted all day very sad indeed
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I had a processor admit once he mixes deer when he makes jerky/sausage because he needs a certain amount to make full batches.
Ive got some news for you. They all do that!
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Old 11-26-2018, 08:25 PM   #15
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You wouldnít believe how many people donít gut there animals and pay to have it done
Wow never realized that. Been using our local processor over 20 years, every time I've dropped a deer off I've never seen non-dressed deer...
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Old 11-26-2018, 08:28 PM   #16
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Here in GA I don’t think I’ve ever seen one field dressed at the processor. He charges ten bucks to skin and gut so usually I’ll let him handle it if I can get it right to him

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Old 11-26-2018, 08:42 PM   #17
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Ive got some news for you. They all do that!
Not all but you need to pay a little higher price and your research.
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:09 PM   #18
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Like said above, I’d guess half if not more, hunters don’t even field dress their own deer. We sell day hunts for does and spikes during doe season, we started charging to gut and skin and quarter deer because most people had no idea what to do and we got tired of doing it all for free.

Not to hijack the thread, but something else that seems odd to me is a lot processors won’t take an animal that has already been skinned and quartered?
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:09 PM   #19
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Here in GA I donít think Iíve ever seen one field dressed at the processor. He charges ten bucks to skin and gut so usually Iíll let him handle it if I can get it right to him
Even if it were free I would still be embarrassed to show up at a processor with a non field dressed deer.
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:10 PM   #20
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i used to be one of those people that dropped deer off not gutted. I was younge and my dad did not know how to do but the processor was only 5 min from where we hunted. But i kinda just watched them do it and then started doing it my self and now i dont even gut the deer anymore
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:41 PM   #21
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Man, I see that and wonder how that meat is going to taste. Maybe soaking it in ice water for a week would help after that But it amazes me how many kill them then load them on the truck, at, Utv and drive back to the camp or ranch house before they gut them. We either quarter them were they fall, or find a tree a short ways away strap them up and quarter them there. But heck we always have them broken down within minutes of recovering them, warped in game bags and in a cooler with frozen milk jugs. My dad would not have let me hunt if I treated them that way. Seriously it would have ended my hunting if he seen us do that.
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:49 PM   #22
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Not Belleville Meat Market
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:49 PM   #23
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Ive got some news for you. They all do that!
I know and why I said I don't like processors. But that was the first time I ever had one actually admit it. A friend is a police officer and he helped this guy once with a violent customer. We all got free cuts after that, including jerky, sausage, etc. But even being free I did my own after that.
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Killed a wholleeee lotta deer and haven’t gutted a one.

That being said, it doesn’t go to the processor, either.

Riddle me that??
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Man, I see that and wonder how that meat is going to taste. Maybe soaking it in ice water for a week would help after that But it amazes me how many kill them then load them on the truck, at, Utv and drive back to the camp or ranch house before they gut them. We either quarter them were they fall, or find a tree a short ways away strap them up and quarter them there. But heck we always have them broken down within minutes of recovering them, warped in game bags and in a cooler with frozen milk jugs. My dad would not have let me hunt if I treated them that way. Seriously it would have ended my hunting if he seen us do that.
Why does it amaze you at people gutting and quartering at camp?
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Old 11-26-2018, 10:20 PM   #26
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Like said above, Iíd guess half if not more, hunters donít even field dress their own deer. We sell day hunts for does and spikes during doe season, we started charging to gut and skin and quarter deer because most people had no idea what to do and we got tired of doing it all for free.

"Not to hijack the thread, but something else that seems odd to me is a lot processors wonít take an animal that has already been skinned and quartered"?


I have asked multiple processors this.... If they are already skinned and quartered they jump them ahead of everybody else instead of being able to be hung in the cooler and wait their turn... Processor does not want to take the chance of the meat spoiling in the icechest. Some people are not the cleanest when quartering a deer..I/E on the ground in the dirt and grass..
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NO, THEY ALL DON'T! Jr's in Wharton does YOUR deer and doesn't mix 20 customer's deer into one batch.
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Killed a wholleeee lotta deer and havenít gutted a one.

That being said, it doesnít go to the processor, either.

Riddle me that??
Ditto....and get the tenderloins which I bet you do as well
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Old 11-26-2018, 10:58 PM   #29
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Killed a wholleeee lotta deer and havenít gutted a one.

That being said, it doesnít go to the processor, either.

Riddle me that??

Easy. You cut out all the meat with out gutting them...what do win.
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I don't field dress anymore. Bone in the field. Takes 30min and less hassle.
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I was browsing Facebook just now. Came across a deer processor in North Carolina. They post various pics of customers with their deer. I noticed none of the deer had been field dressed. Most of them already bloated. Is there laws against this in other states?
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:14 AM   #32
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Even if it were free I would still be embarrassed to show up at a processor with a non field dressed deer.

Ain’t no shame in my game I guess. Doesn’t hurt my manhood one bit, Have skinned and dressed plenty doesn’t mean I have to enjoy it though. My processor is a family friend and taught me how to skin a deer as a kid. For ten bucks I’d let him do every one.

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I have a hard time taking a deer to the processor that's not quartered and in an ice chest.
Cant imagine taking one not gutted.
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Old 11-27-2018, 06:52 AM   #34
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My processor charges the same if I bring it all deboned or just gutted. He says that too many people bring in dirty, bad quartered deer. Charges, I thing 30 to gut, I never brought one in not gutted.
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Killed a wholleeee lotta deer and havenít gutted a one.

That being said, it doesnít go to the processor, either.

Riddle me that??
Yep, never gut and the whole thing quartered and in the ice chest within an hour tops.

Told myself I'd never go to a processor after a buddy got bullet fragments in his sausage one time. On an archery killed deer.....
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Old 11-27-2018, 06:56 AM   #36
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The processor in bronte actually thanked me for field dressing a deer once. I was pretty surprised how many were in there that weren't.
I can understand not field dressing if your processing it yourself.

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Old 11-27-2018, 07:05 AM   #37
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I do my deer hunting on our property in NC. I can't imagine taking a deer to a processor ungutted. But, we don't normally gut in the field, as we have a walk in cooler on the property. We quickly take the deer to the cooler, gut it and hang the carcass in the cooler.
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No wonder people don't like venison.


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That picture is why I dislike using processors. Our deer that we carefully clean, handle, etc., get mixed with those nasty bloated deer. I had a processor admit once he mixes deer when he makes jerky/sausage because he needs a certain amount to make full batches.
I was thinking the same thing. One time I took a deer in I had way less meat than I thought I should have. The next time, they made way too much in summer sausage and it caught me in the pocketbook. I've done mine ever since. I was thinking the other day I might try another processor but seeing this I don't think so. The processor I was thinking about will not accept deer in November that have not been field dressed. In other months he charges $75-$100 to field dress and skin.

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I don't field dress anymore. Bone in the field. Takes 30min and less hassle.
I agree, except I do take them to hang from a gambrel. My back cannot handle it otherwise. I only pull the guts to get to the tenderloins. Sometimes I save the liver and heart, too. This is definitely the way to go for hogs, too.
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:29 AM   #39
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I used to hunt with a guy who would get physically ill if he tried to gut a deer. This was back in the 90's and he would pay anyone who was in camp $20 if they would gut the deer for him. One of the other guys 11-12 year old son would usually end up gutting the deer for the $20. That same kid would later sign a baseball contract for $106 million. I laugh every time I think of that.

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Killed a wholleeee lotta deer and havenít gutted a one.

That being said, it doesnít go to the processor, either.

Riddle me that??


You can remove the guts from the meat or the meat from the guts. Just as long as they dont stay together


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Old 11-27-2018, 07:45 AM   #41
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I've got a buddy who used to be a butcher. He has some stories. The one I remember best is the deer brought in the trunk of a car on a Monday, it had been shot on Thanksgiving. Guts still in it.
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:52 AM   #42
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The fact people dont do it themselves doesnt bother me, but how can u want to eat an animal that has not been gutted at least within a hour or so of death.. maybe up north where its really cold but thats crazy to take and leave at processor w guts..
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Old 11-27-2018, 08:17 AM   #43
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NO, THEY ALL DON'T! Jr's in Wharton does YOUR deer and doesn't mix 20 customer's deer into one batch.
Were their lips moving when they told you that??
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Old 11-27-2018, 08:37 AM   #44
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As far back as I can remember from my childhood, when we killed a deer, it was field dressed (gutted) where it died. We then hauled it back to camp and immediately skinned it and cut it up into quarters. The quarters and backstraps were put in a cooler with ice. There was never a question of taking a deer to the processor any other way. A walk-in cooler was out of the question - too expensive.

Now that I'm all grown up and have my own place, I still do it the same way out of habit. Just last week I listened to a hunter talk about the benefits of leaving a deer hanging for an extended time, if you can keep it cold. He said the fibers in the muscle stretch and the meat becomes more tender. I thought I might try it, but then again all we do anymore is have the entire deer made into dried sausage and jerky. The kids insist on taking it to Granzin's in New Braunfels; they eat it everyday.
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Old 11-27-2018, 09:17 AM   #45
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I have never taken a deer to a processor, mine are gutted skinned and quartered within the hour. I've been getting pretty good with the skinning too, not hacking it up and such. I'll usually hunt the gut pile that night to clear out the yotes too
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Old 11-27-2018, 09:22 AM   #46
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I was a processor about 20 years back. There are some folks who field dressed their deer that I wished they hadn't. It would take a lot of extra time to clean up the mess they made. If you can do it and keep it clean, no problem. I was amazed at the lack quality of care of game meat - some was just gross.
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Old 11-27-2018, 09:38 AM   #47
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Even if it were free I would still be embarrassed to show up at a processor with a non field dressed deer.
This. My deer get gutted in the field, skinned, and hung for processing ASAP.
We take meat care to an obsessive level ensuring that no hair, excess fat, sinew, etc. make it into our meat.
Once you learn how to bone out the quarters, neck, and torso and realize how easy it is you may never want to fool with a processor again.

Buy yourself a meat grinder and make your own burger or sausage.
The process is so easy and it makes the whole act of hunting more meaningful
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I'm actually not a big fan of gutting large game if I don't have to. I'll get it back to camp. Hoist it, skin it, and use the gutless method to quarter it up. Then drop all the rest into a bucket and dump it.

Now if the critter has been gut shot, or is a very small critter, I will gut it before skinning it. Hoisting a gut shot critter is a good way to get all that **** into their front shoulders, etc. Then I skin it, and just throw it in the cooler whole if small.

All that being said... even if I used a processor, I'd gut the darn things myself.
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Old 11-27-2018, 09:56 AM   #49
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Killed a wholleeee lotta deer and havenít gutted a one.

That being said, it doesnít go to the processor, either.

Riddle me that??
You quarter them and leave the guts in .

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Old 11-27-2018, 09:58 AM   #50
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Ours are gutted, skinned and hosed off well within 30 minutes. They go in the walk in for a day or so and sometimes 3-5 days depending on our schedule. From there they are quartered go on ice for 24-48 hours to drain.
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