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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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Learn to butcher my own deer

I've been tempted for some time to learn to skin and butcher my own deer and have been reading quite a bit on this site and others.

I'm in the South Hills of Pittsburgh area and would appreciate watching the process with fellow Hpaers to learn.

Realizing it may be a last minute thing, as no one knows when they will score, if this sounds feasible to anyone shoot me a pm.
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 02:53 AM
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PM RoosterBooster.

I offered a few years back to teach guys how to butcher deer.

RB backed it and had suggested others in other areas do the same.

RB may still have contact names for someone in your area and they might still be willing to do some teaching.
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Re: Learn to butcher my own deer

Best advice would be to shoot a deer and just go for it, that's how i learned. It's not that hard. If you can gut one then it's all easy from there. The biggest thing is having somewhere to do it.

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post #4 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 05:48 AM
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If you were closer I would gladly show you how easy it is to peel the wrapper off a deer, break it down, and cut it.

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I'd say one thing to learn before butchering your own deer, is to sharpen knives during the process. A good deer butcher is a knife sharpener first.
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Re: Learn to butcher my own deer

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PM RoosterBooster.

I offered a few years back to teach guys how to butcher deer.

RB backed it and had suggested others in other areas do the same.

RB may still have contact names for someone in your area and they might still be willing to do some teaching.
I don't have that list anymore...but this would be a great thread to start one, just list HPA ID and location, such as...

RB-HPA, western Warren county....

I am here about daily in hunting season, and you will know when i or the family gets something... ,

I will invite anyone to stop by on butcher day and learn, bring your deer too and we will do it side by side. God willing we will be doing this 4 or 5 days this Fall..I do try to hang mine (skinned) for a few days ..IE usually til the next Sunday on the calendar (like to watch the Steelers while I butcher). In bow season I will Quarter and frig it that day for awhile, those i usually do a quarter or two during the week after work.

Either way, the way to learn is definately getting your hands messy next to the teacher. Sharp Filet knife, a few of them , and three bus boy style plastic bins, i highly suggest a vac packer too, but HD freezer ziplocs work.

I got a grinder, and a vac packer here for anyone to use, but you will need to bring a roll of bags as they are pricey and i go thru enough of them already.

There is NOTHING more satisfying to a hunter than turning that dead deer into clean, trimmed, perfect portion size meat packs for your family.

Learned how to a do a bear this past year too...but one of those won't be allowed in our kitchen again though, per the Mrs....they are a big fatty mess, but there is some good eating under there.

Another reason i should get a decent video cam...lost of good stuff happening from woods, to dinner plate love to share it all with ya. I am no expert on anything, but I eat/cook some NICE custom cuts of deer meat that is for sure.







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check youtube.

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post #8 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 11:30 AM
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PGC has a butchering and cooking video for sale on their website thats gives a pretty detailed description on everything from gutting to grilling.


Just checked PGC website and it shows that video as temporarily out of stock.

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post #9 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 12:25 PM
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Re: Learn to butcher my own deer

search "cut deer in 8 minutes" on youtube. i do mine basically the same way but with the deer hanging from the back legs, and of course not in 8 minutes. usually skinned and boned out in about an hour. another great tip is to use a torch to remove any loose hair left on the deer after skinning. that way you dont have to rinse before freezing and risk freezer burn. good luck.
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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 01:44 PM
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I live just north of you. If you are willing to drive to Cranberry TWP I'd be happy to show you. Grew up doing it. My grandfather was a butcher and we processed deer when I was a kid.
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