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Old 01-20-2021, 10:44 AM   #1
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There was a post up earlier on "how long to clean a deer". That post seemed to be, how long it took you to clean, skin, cut up, etc....

How long does it take you to gut a deer? I have to take my time, so as not to cut myself and be careful with the meat, and not get stuff contaminated. A guy at the processor I take my deer to, said he can do it in 8-10 minutes. Bragging or possible?
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Old 01-20-2021, 10:48 AM   #2
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I quit gutting them over 10 years ago. I really can't remember how long it took me but I couldn't see it taking longer than 10 mins.
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Old 01-20-2021, 10:50 AM   #3
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Gutting is the easy part. I know a lot of people don't do it. I can do it on the tailgate or on the ground in no more than 5 min. It helps to have someone hold legs and help dump out blood but it's really just a few cuts and pull.
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Old 01-20-2021, 10:51 AM   #4
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I know a preacher who gutted a deer in 17 seconds- field dress. I saw it on video and I was super impressed!
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Old 01-20-2021, 10:56 AM   #5
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I've done one in 90 seconds. Had a buddy bet me that i could not do it in under 2 minutes.

I did it with breaking the pelvis bone too. I really enjoyed that $100...
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Old 01-20-2021, 10:58 AM   #6
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I only gut if it's an evening kill that will hang overnight. I bet I can do it in 1-2 minutes.

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Old 01-20-2021, 10:59 AM   #7
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Maybe 10 minutes............
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:04 AM   #8
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I can gut. Skin, quarter and on ice in 15 min.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:04 AM   #9
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Just a couple minutes is pretty normal.
10 minutes if I stop to drink a beer LOL

I haven't done one on the ground in a while. I hang them by the head and drop the guts into a wheel barrow
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:07 AM   #10
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Under 8 minutes should be a breeze. I figure more like 3-5 minutes .
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:15 AM   #11
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Under 5 minutes easily. Makes me wonder how you’re doing it OP if you think the guy is bragging.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:16 AM   #12
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I'd like to see these quick gut practice without clipping the poop shoot... I've done it every way possible and if you want your meat to be clean the best way in my opinion is gutless hanging from back legs and then at very end cut around the colon to remove the tenders
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:18 AM   #13
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I am not even good at it,but when I do gut one its gutted where it falls and it does not take over 5 minutes, probably more like 2 or 3.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:20 AM   #14
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I did the first I’ve done in 10+ years last week. For sure less than 5 minutes
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:33 AM   #15
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I definitely prefer the gutless method if you are able to hang them up somewhere. When I do have to field dress it takes 10-15 mins tops.

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Old 01-20-2021, 11:35 AM   #16
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I'd like to see these quick gut practice without clipping the poop shoot... I've done it every way possible and if you want your meat to be clean the best way in my opinion is gutless hanging from back legs and then at very end cut around the colon to remove the tenders
The way I do it, is you simply cut around the **** cavity from the outside. It really helps if you run your knife blade up into the cavity area a few inches and make sure you cut all the way around it. Then, when you pull the guts out, everything comes right out with the guts. No breaking the pelvic area open, and all comes out clean.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:37 AM   #17
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Didn't know (ana l) was a bad word!!!
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:37 AM   #18
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The way I do it, is you simply cut around the **** cavity from the outside. It really helps if you run your knife blade up into the cavity area a few inches and make sure you cut all the way around it. Then, when you pull the guts out, everything comes right out with the guts. No breaking the pelvic area open, and all comes out clean.
This way^^^^^
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:39 AM   #19
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The way I do it, is you simply cut around the **** cavity from the outside. It really helps if you run your knife blade up into the cavity area a few inches and make sure you cut all the way around it. Then, when you pull the guts out, everything comes right out with the guts. No breaking the pelvic area open, and all comes out clean.
I used to do this when I would take to processor but I haven't taken a whole deer to a processor in prolly 10 years... in texas unless you can cram a tiny doe whole in ice chest I don't see how it's possible keep the meat cool whole.
I guess my point is why gut it if you plan to quarter and put on ice quick.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:42 AM   #20
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I had a hunter time me one time at 46 seconds. Had I known I was being timed I wouldn't have taken so long.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:42 AM   #21
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Don't know why it always seems to be a race or how fast to some, never thought of that way. Anyway about 10 to 15 depends if I have any help.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:43 AM   #22
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I don't get as much practice as I'd like, and I'm not particularly fast at anything I get a lot of practice in (say, cooking) so I'm usually more like 20 minutes. In case anyone's reading this thread and feeling self-conscious.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:44 AM   #23
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I don't normally gut anything anymore but one of the hunts my son was on recently TPWD wanted to get the field dressed weight. The mosquitos were so bad I gutted that thing fast, had to be 90 seconds maybe 2 minutes. Kid was laughing at me from the blind because I'd slice and flap my arms all around and run in a circle and slice and pull and flap some more. lol
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:48 AM   #24
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I take my time and my dad and brother give me hard time for "taking so long". My dad once had a doe gutted so fast the heart was still twitching. My uncle and several other witnessed, he is real quick.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:57 AM   #25
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I dont gut deer, unless I'm on a hunt that requires it.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:58 AM   #26
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4 minutes the last time I timed myself.
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Old 01-20-2021, 12:01 PM   #27
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Hangin' from our rack with gut bucket underneath...easily under 3-4 minutes although Ive never done it for speed nor do I care too.. I don't do it out in the field at ground/foot level due to dunlap disease unless I absolutely have to . Personally I prefer to do it in zero seconds and get the tenderloins through the side.
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Old 01-20-2021, 12:07 PM   #28
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5-10 min. Its not something you want to screw up.
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Old 01-20-2021, 12:09 PM   #29
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I am slow. Call me what you want, I would just agree with you. I hate doing it, I don't like guts. I fear puncturing the intestines... I would say it takes me 30 or 40 minutes. I have only done it about 4 or 5 times in my life though. Twice this year and the 2nd time it was noticeably quicker... I am sure I will get quicker with time as I get more accustomed to it.
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Old 01-20-2021, 12:26 PM   #30
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I never gut them till I have them hanging up on the Gimble. Takes me about an hour to quarter one and get it on Ice. Pigs sometimes take longer than deer. I take my time and do a good job however long it takes me. If you don't already have one of the new replaceable razor blade knives get one they help alot and save much time. I got a real cool Titanium handle one with 10 blades from CountyComm for 24 bucks.
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Old 01-20-2021, 12:51 PM   #31
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Very possible to field dress in 10 minutes
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Old 01-20-2021, 12:54 PM   #32
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Under a min
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:04 PM   #33
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Depends on if I’m in a hurry or not. Can do in under a minute, but generally take a couple if I’m not rushing.
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:05 PM   #34
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Quickly, but not unless I have to or it's convenient. If I have a walk-in I don't mind hanging to chill before I quarter.
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:06 PM   #35
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A guy at the processor I take my deer to, said he can do it in 8-10 minutes. Bragging or possible?
Absolutely possible if the deer is hanging. Field gutting with the deer on the ground would likely take me longer.
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:20 PM   #36
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I’d like to see some of these speed demons at work. I’ve never raced but I think about 15 minutes is good for this turtle.
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:26 PM   #37
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Im with Geezy Rider. I'm certainly not criticizing anyone, but I guess Im just old and slow. I'd like to see yall get one done in less than a minute, or less than 5 minutes. If anything, just to learn how yall do it so fast, and not worry about punching a hole in something, or slicing yourself. Like others have said above, even with one hanging, we just sorta take our time. Usually in no hurry.
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:38 PM   #38
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Wonder how much hair and gut material ends up on some these guys' quarters...

I take my time gutting and then afterwards I skin the whole thing down to the neck and clean off as much meat as I possibly can. Makes no sense for me to dirty a knife and myself just to rush through it. The main reason I don't take mine to a processor is because I don't trust them to keep it clean to my liking.
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:38 PM   #39
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15 minutes to gut while hanging? Yokes.

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Old 01-20-2021, 01:44 PM   #40
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I don't gut them
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:45 PM   #41
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I'm pretty slow, probably in the neighborhood 8 to 10 minutes
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:49 PM   #42
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I stopped gutting deer too. still impressed by some of the times noted above!
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:49 PM   #43
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If I have to gut it takes 3 to 5 minutes. I try not to get bloody up to the elbows but . . .

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Old 01-20-2021, 02:10 PM   #44
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Just a couple minutes.
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Old 01-20-2021, 02:19 PM   #45
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Id like to see some of these speed demons at work. Ive never raced but I think about 15 minutes is good for this turtle.
here is Mark Drury teaching how to do it and still finishing in a couple minutes or less

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Old 01-20-2021, 02:50 PM   #46
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Im with Geezy Rider. I'm certainly not criticizing anyone, but I guess Im just old and slow. I'd like to see yall get one done in less than a minute, or less than 5 minutes. If anything, just to learn how yall do it so fast, and not worry about punching a hole in something, or slicing yourself. Like others have said above, even with one hanging, we just sorta take our time. Usually in no hurry.



A good gut hook/zipper sure helps me a bunch with that. This is not really a "hook" but it's my favorite gut tool and makes quick work out of it if I have to or chose to gut a deer. I also ring the legs with it an back to the razor.



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Old 01-20-2021, 02:52 PM   #47
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Seems like about 2:10 into that video is something we try to avoid. HA!
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Old 01-20-2021, 03:27 PM   #48
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Seems like about 2:10 into that video is something we try to avoid. HA!
Yeah, that was sloppy. I started doing gutless this year, don't think I'll go back, unless on a youth hunt wear they want the field dressed weight, or I it's going to be a little bit before I can get one to a cooler for some reason. Gutless method is just way to easy and pretty much takes any chance of getting stuff on your meat you don't want.
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Old 01-20-2021, 03:34 PM   #49
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We hunt public and portable and typically deep in the woods. Gutting is just automatic for us. Takes 2 or 3 minutes.
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Old 01-20-2021, 03:39 PM   #50
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From the time it hits the gambrel hooks to skinned, quartered, and backstraps/tenderloins pulled - 35 minutes tops (depends on how many times I pause to sip on a cold beverage)
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