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Old 01-17-2021, 10:49 AM   #1
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Curious how long it takes some of you? I timed myself yesterday to clean a buck and it took me 1 hour 15 minutes to skin, gut and quarter in ice chest. I think I am slow but after cutting myself many times I don't rush it anymore especially using a havalon.
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Old 01-17-2021, 10:54 AM   #2
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It takes me about 50 minutes if I am caping the deer out for a shoulder mount. Otherwise it takes me around 35-40. I get faster as the season progresses. I clean 20-30 each year on our place, so my practice level is pretty high.
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Old 01-17-2021, 10:56 AM   #3
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My grandson timed me on his big doe at 43 minutes from start to in cooler
I use a saw and two sharp knives
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Old 01-17-2021, 10:57 AM   #4
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It takes me about 50 minutes if I am caping the deer out for a shoulder mount. Otherwise it takes me around 35-40. I get faster as the season progresses. I clean 20-30 each year on our place, so my practice level is pretty high.
Thatís a lot of practice
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Old 01-17-2021, 10:58 AM   #5
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Takes me about 40 min from start to finish
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:01 AM   #6
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I never get in a hurry, so my time is probably close to yours. I don't gut them, unless I'm on a hunt that requires it.

If we're at camp with family, we get a cup of coffee and relive the story of the hunt as we process it out. My dad loves this part more than he does the actual hunt.
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:01 AM   #7
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If i have a good knife 20 to 30 min in the box on ice.
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:02 AM   #8
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Well, I'm old and have done a lot of deer, but can still do one in 25 mins, if I cape it out 35-40 mins. Saw a kid that worked at a Ranch and he could do one in under 10 mins.

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Old 01-17-2021, 11:07 AM   #9
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Caping anything takes me awhile. I can probably skin and quarter and in the cooler in 30-40 minutes in the right situation. My brother hits all the joints and is pretty quick and clean. He can probably do it 15-20 minutes.
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:09 AM   #10
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Every post the time gets shorter........hmmmm
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:15 AM   #11
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About the same time it takes me to clean my dog. 3-5min. Any longer and they get real cranky.


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Old 01-17-2021, 11:18 AM   #12
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Every post the time gets shorter........hmmmm

Iíll see your 28 minutes and go 27.
Haha

Take me forever! Takes me even longer to process one.
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:21 AM   #13
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Shoot, gut, skin, quarter, ice box one minute and 46 seconds.
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:23 AM   #14
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45 min to an hour depending on the weather. I have RA so my hands get tired /painful quickly skinning. I try to let the hubby do it more and more now. We donít gut either.
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:25 AM   #15
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With my lease buddy and I working together, with razor knives/sawzall, on a doe still semi-warm where the skin pulled off easy, we got it done in 25 minutes skinned, quartered, head removed, on ice, station cleaned up and back to drinking/sitting by the fire. Normally we don't rush but it was **** cold. Gut bucket got dumped the next day.


It may not be as fast as some of the super stars here but we normally sit around the cleaning station, drinking and telling stories.. We just happened to time this one because we wanted to see how fast we could get it done and get on to the important stuff...

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Old 01-17-2021, 11:26 AM   #16
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On edit.....after what drycreek said....make my time 1 minute under what the quickest was..
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:33 AM   #17
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2-3 beers.


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Old 01-17-2021, 11:37 AM   #18
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:45 AM   #19
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No gut method makes it faster.

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Old 01-17-2021, 11:48 AM   #20
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It takes me about 50 minutes if I am caping the deer out for a shoulder mount. Otherwise it takes me around 35-40. I get faster as the season progresses. I clean 20-30 each year on our place, so my practice level is pretty high.
20 minutes of that is finding a ladder and setting it up
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:49 AM   #21
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Depends

Is it Saturday night or Sunday morning? Is there a another person or maybe a third to get and open beer? How many critters are we cleaning at once
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:50 AM   #22
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About 15 minutes usually. Some of y’all are slow pokes.
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:50 AM   #23
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Man, I thought I was doing good at 1.5-2hrs. That being said, I even get the meat between the rib bones.
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:52 AM   #24
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I never get in a hurry, so my time is probably close to yours. I don't gut them, unless I'm on a hunt that requires it.

If we're at camp with family, we get a cup of coffee and relive the story of the hunt as we process it out. My dad loves this part more than he does the actual hunt.
I only partially gut, just enough to pull the backstraps out. And talking about the hunt is the best part, especially with family.
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:00 PM   #25
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20 minutes of that is finding a ladder and setting it up
I have been known to have to lower them a bit in order to reach the hind legs.
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:04 PM   #26
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If I’m by myself, I can drag out the entire process about 2 hours. That’s everything from weighing, to cleaning and hauling off remains. I do a lot of trimming while my deer is hanging, and I don’t use a saw, I go through joints at the knees and hip ball joints etc. so no bone fragments. If I am in a hurry, I can get through the process in an hour, but certainly haven’t done as thorough a job.
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:06 PM   #27
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Kind of all depends, Doe and someone to hold her pretty quick maybe 30 minutes to the ice chest. Caping a buck by myself itís probably 1.5 to 2 hours.


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Old 01-17-2021, 12:06 PM   #28
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Usually around 3 weeks including cooler time...
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:10 PM   #29
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Depends....I can’t talk and clean at the same time, and I hardly ever stop talking.

By myself, I can break one down in about a half hour and get it in the ice chest.

Ringed out and saving the cape takes me another 45 minutes.
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:11 PM   #30
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I always thought I was pretty quick at it, but never timed myself. I got the opportunity to go to the hill country one year with a friend of mine and some guys who worked for him. His foreman was from Mexico and when he was a kid his dad owned a butcher shop. Long story short, he cleaned 3 deer in the time I finished one. To this day I’ve never seen anything like it.
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:11 PM   #31
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15-20 minutes if I’m not caping a buck out. Watching a few videos of the speed cleaners on YT helps give a few pointers and shortcuts. A high neck shot doe that’s still warm is my favorite. An electric harbor freight winch is a huge advantage too
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:17 PM   #32
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Every post the time gets shorter........hmmmm
To be fair the first couple of posts are from guys who take a long time. Shouldnít be a surprise the times got faster than that.
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:18 PM   #33
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It's taking a little longer each year, but can still have one boned out and on ice in a little over an hour.

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Old 01-17-2021, 12:21 PM   #34
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I only partially gut, just enough to pull the backstraps out. And talking about the hunt is the best part, especially with family.
Don't you mean tenderloins?

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Old 01-17-2021, 12:25 PM   #35
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I hunt alone nowadays..... I leave my need for hurry back home in the metromess. For me the whole process is very therapeutic. I like to take my time.

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Old 01-17-2021, 12:26 PM   #36
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Don't you mean tenderloins?

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Old 01-17-2021, 12:27 PM   #37
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Depends on the circumstances, but typically around 20 minutes. If there are others around, and we get to talking a d cutting up, add another 15-20 minutes to it.
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:35 PM   #38
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All damm day. What do I win?
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:43 PM   #39
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I've cleaned a decent number of deer but still slow. At least an hour if I had to guess.
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:44 PM   #40
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I have been known to have to lower them a bit in order to reach the hind legs.
at least youíre a good sport about it!
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:45 PM   #41
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Gut, skin, quarter only using a knife--maybe an hour. I enjoy it and don't usually rush.

Processing down the rest at home--2-3 hours. I don't waste any meat.
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Old 01-17-2021, 12:58 PM   #42
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I can prob still do a doe in 25-30 minutes but I donít get in a hurry any more, have a beer and BS with whoeverís watching. I usually do all the deer at camp.
I keep every once of meat... ribs and all.

Takes me close to an hour now I bet. I use havalon blades and a sawzaw.

Thatís the easy part, the work starts after the 2 week aging process!


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Old 01-17-2021, 12:59 PM   #43
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Depends....I canít talk and clean at the same time, and I hardly ever stop talking.

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This is my problem... and drink breaks followed by more talking....
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Old 01-17-2021, 01:02 PM   #44
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20 minutes for us.

Two guys, sharp knives, reciprocating saw, electric winch, and hanging cooler. Gutting the deer takes 3 minutes, then we hang the deer in the cooler until the day before we leave. Skinning and quartering takes about 15 minutes. There's usually several deer to clean, but you get the hang of it and we have picked up a few short cuts over time.
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Old 01-17-2021, 01:04 PM   #45
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Let the youngins do it. Took me about 30 minutes of me sitting there for my 15 year old to get this one done.


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Old 01-17-2021, 01:10 PM   #46
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Bout 2 beers.

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Old 01-17-2021, 01:33 PM   #47
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What do y'all use the Sawzall for?

Obviously assuming its for what I use my Wyoming saw for.

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Old 01-17-2021, 01:36 PM   #48
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What do y'all use the Sawzall for?

Obviously assuming its for what I use my Wyoming saw for.

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Head neck separation

Leg removal.

Bring in the “my Wyoming saw is better” comments. Whatever a Wyoming saw is.
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Old 01-17-2021, 01:37 PM   #49
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I think a lot of you estimate the time you spend cleaning a deer to the same accuracy you estimate the weight of the hogs you kill!
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Old 01-17-2021, 01:40 PM   #50
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Last one I killed it was broken down and in the cooler in 20 minutes.


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