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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-13-2015, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe this is a dumb question...

I've been hunting for 25 years, and my dad 50+. My grandfather taught us that part of field dressing a deer is cutting the "scent glands" off the inside of the hind legs. I asked my dad why. His response was classic, "I have no idea why. That's how I was taught. Why change after all these years?"

Does anyone else do this and why? I've looked at a ton of dead deer pics on the Internet this fall and have not seen any that do.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-13-2015, 04:22 PM
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Re: Maybe this is a dumb question...

my father taught me to do that 30+years ago and i did it for a long time....i stopped when he was no longer able to hunt and im not sure why i did. funny you mentioned it because i havent thought about cutting them off in years but did think about it when i harvested my buck this season

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Re: Maybe this is a dumb question...

People thought they would taint the meat. The only way that will happen is if you cut them off and then rub them around in it. Leave them be.
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Re: Maybe this is a dumb question...

Not dumb at all Mike. I shot my 1st deer back in 1968, as I was admiring my 7pt. An old man in his 70`s came by and said I should cut the musk gland off of his back legs or my meat wouldn't taste good. Being young and dumb I did as he said.
As it turned out, this is just an old wives tale. The only reason to cut off the musk`s is if you want to freeze them for hunting the rut in archery the following season.
That`s the only answer I can give you, maybe some old-timers no the answer....


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Re: Maybe this is a dumb question...

My dad taught me the same thing and I still do it. I know it probably doesn't matter but I will keep doing it. My wife shot her first deer last week and asked me the same question.
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Re: Maybe this is a dumb question...

Mike, I was taught that too (67yro) & I do it when I'm skinning deer. That hock gland is pretty stinky and if you get the smell on your hands it can be transferred to the meat. I always wash both my hands and knife before I start butchering.
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Re: Maybe this is a dumb question...

I was taught the same way mant moons ago...

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Re: Maybe this is a dumb question...

I've done it both ways. I've never noticed a difference in the meat either way. Now, I normally cut them off and keep them with the hide.

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I have never cut them off,no reason to.Deer is dead the glands are also.

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Re: Maybe this is a dumb question...

I"ll ussally cut them off and freeze them and use them for scent the next year...but it wont taint the meat at all.
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