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Old 07-24-2018, 10:32 AM   #1
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Default Easiest way to behead a deer?

Well season is coming up and I am usually the one that ends up cleaning the game. The only bottleneck is usually have is actually beheading the deer. What is the easiest way you guys have found to do it? If I go the reciprocating saw route what blade should I buy? Huge loppers?
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:33 AM   #2
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Big loppers always work best for me. Cape down to base of head, circular cut around neck and lop.


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Old 07-24-2018, 10:33 AM   #3
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Knife, cut to the joint and twist off.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:34 AM   #4
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I've always used a bow saw.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:35 AM   #5
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:36 AM   #6
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Depends where I’m at, if I’m down at our butcher area I just use a hacksaw or reciprocating saw with a metal blade cause it’s easier to get started and doesn’t make quite as a mess as a wood blade. If I’m away from there and didn’t bring either of the saw I just use my skinning knife, just a little extra work and couple more min.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:36 AM   #7
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I usually grab whatever is handy. Knife, saw or loppers all work.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:37 AM   #8
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Under the jaw, cut just in front of the hardened part of the esophagus up to the 1st joint, just in front of it. The cut right behind the ears down to between the skull and 1st joint. Twist a bit, and continue to cut between the skull and 1st joint. It'll come right off. You need a sharp knife.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:38 AM   #9
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Reciprocating saw with the fine teeth. 5 seconds and your done
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:39 AM   #10
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:40 AM   #11
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Reciprocating saw with the fine teeth. 5 seconds and your done
Do you cut the skin first?
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:41 AM   #12
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Do you cut the skin first?
Yup, skin it out to the base of the neck. A sharp knife and a twist will do it too.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:44 AM   #13
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Do you cut the skin first?
Nope, cut through hair and all
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:49 AM   #14
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I'm yet to come across any part of a deer I can't disassemble with my carbon steel moore maker. After you've skinned and cleaned the animal, cut in-between the vertebrae and it'll slide right off.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:51 AM   #15
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This!
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I'm yet to come across any part of a deer I can't disassemble with my carbon steel moore maker. After you've skinned and cleaned the animal, cut in-between the vertebrae and it'll slide right off.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:51 AM   #16
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I usually just leave the head on. After cleaning, every thing else goes to the bone yard. If it's a buck, cut the horns off from the skull cap, unless it's something I'm gonna get mounted.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:53 AM   #17
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Loppers also

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Old 07-24-2018, 11:00 AM   #18
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Once you have skinned all the way to the base of the skull cut at the Y were pink meat forms a point.. Under this exact spot is the knuckle where the skull and spine connect.. A sharp pocket in the right hands will get the head of in a matter of seconds..
Learn the joints of animals.. It's simple and saws or loppers are not needed.. And I did not saw this head off. Someone else did.



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Old 07-24-2018, 11:00 AM   #19
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nothing faster or easier than limb loppers,,, sawing with a non powered saw is a pain in the rear,,, saws all is fast but not often handy
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Old 07-24-2018, 11:02 AM   #20
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Reciprocating saw with the fine teeth. 5 seconds and your done



This right here for us. Any saw blade will work but the fine tooth metal saw cuts down on the bone chips.

For a euro, cut to the neck/spine all the way around with a knife because the saw will not cut through hide worth a ****. It will zip right through that spine. We use it to get the horns too if the person just wants to do a plaque mount. With a shoulder mount, cape as usual and then the knife to the spine like above and saw away.

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Old 07-24-2018, 11:06 AM   #21
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Cut down to the bone, grab the antlers and twist off. Been doing this for 25 years with no issues. You get a nice clean separation at the natural joint this way.
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Old 07-24-2018, 11:10 AM   #22
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This right here for us. Any saw blade will work but the fine tooth metal saw cuts down on the bone chips.

For a euro, cut to the neck/spine all the way around with a knife because the saw will not cut through hide worth a ****. It will zip right through that spine. We use it to get the horns too if the person just wants to do a plaque mount. With a shoulder mount, cape as usual and then the knife to the spine like above and saw away.


Be careful cutting those horns off at the camp.



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Old 07-24-2018, 11:17 AM   #23
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... he said easiest right?

I'm thinking band saw for pure ease lol
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Old 07-24-2018, 11:19 AM   #24
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... he said easiest right?

I'm thinking band saw for pure ease lol
Or Chainsaw
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Old 07-24-2018, 11:20 AM   #25
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:12 PM   #26
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Knife, cut to the joint and twist off.
This is how we do it
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:14 PM   #27
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Big loppers always work best for me. Cape down to base of head, circular cut around neck and lop.


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Old 07-24-2018, 12:15 PM   #28
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Bring it to the nearest Mosque
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:15 PM   #29
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uppercut.

Learned it from the tough guys on the Florida shooting thread.
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:18 PM   #30
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Dang, I thought a set of loppers were standard equipment at every cleaning station. Now I know what to get you men for Christmas.
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:24 PM   #31
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A good pair of loppers is faster than any saw.
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:29 PM   #32
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Under the jaw, cut just in front of the hardened part of the esophagus up to the 1st joint, just in front of it. The cut right behind the ears down to between the skull and 1st joint. Twist a bit, and continue to cut between the skull and 1st joint. It'll come right off. You need a sharp knife.
This, takes all of 15 seconds
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:45 PM   #33
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A good pair of loppers is faster than any saw.



I'll race ya.. Zip zip!
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:51 PM   #34
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I twist the head until the joint at the base of the skull pops (basically breaking the neck) and run my knife right into that joint to cut connective tissue. Head pops right off. And the looks you get from your buddies when you break the neck on a dead deer are downright priceless
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:58 PM   #35
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Have you not used the 150 grain 3” cut swhackers?! Guess not if you’re asking this question. J/k. But I did see those in Walmart the other day and just smh. What will they come up with next?
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:09 PM   #36
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Knife, cut to the joint and twist off.


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Old 07-24-2018, 01:25 PM   #37
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uppercut.
Jonny Cage?
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:25 PM   #38
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:27 PM   #39
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:50 PM   #40
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I shoot Rage broadheads so the head is usually detached when they go down
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Old 07-24-2018, 02:15 PM   #41
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I watched a guy in the walmart parking lot skin a deer once. I'm trying to remember how he did it
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Old 07-24-2018, 02:28 PM   #42
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I thought for sure the first post would be samurai sword
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Old 07-24-2018, 02:33 PM   #43
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I watched a guy in the walmart parking lot skin a deer once. I'm trying to remember how he did it
Was that you watching me?
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Old 07-24-2018, 02:42 PM   #44
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Loppers when I remember to bring them. Ive done the saw but I'd forget it half the time. If no loppers with you cut everything you can and twist. Pops pretty easy. Same with leg joints etc. Can do it all from start to finish with one knife. I know guys that carry a butcher shop of knives. I don't get it.
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Old 07-24-2018, 02:45 PM   #45
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Well season is coming up and I am usually the one that ends up cleaning the game. The only bottleneck is usually have is actually beheading the deer. What is the easiest way you guys have found to do it? If I go the reciprocating saw route what blade should I buy? Huge loppers?
For loppers they don't need to be huge we have one that stays on the cleaning rack that's about the cheapest one at the store that stays there in the elements. You're not cutting much just cut down to it first
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Old 07-24-2018, 03:06 PM   #46
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Old 07-24-2018, 03:10 PM   #47
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Hate to say this but try a real sharp machete. One wack.
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Old 07-24-2018, 03:12 PM   #48
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Cut and twist or loppers are the only 2 ways I've ever done it. I'm not going through the effort of getting out a saw for that. I could have the head off before the saw is ready to go.
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Old 07-24-2018, 04:16 PM   #49
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^^^^^^ This
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Old 07-24-2018, 04:21 PM   #50
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We usually will cape hide down as close to head as we can, cut meat through to get down to neck bone (spine) then get out the dewalt reciprocating saw
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