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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Re: Crossbow Hunting Mentor
Well, it's gonna be tough to get this done this season yet.
Are you looking at this for next year?
I can write up how to field dress one if you want. Once you do it two or three times, it's pretty straightforward. I'd bet if you asked 10 of us how to field dress, you'd get at least 6 methods of doing it, lol. And to be honest, I cringe when I see a lot of hunters dress deer. I've noticed that a lot of hunters, even hunters who've been at it for years, sort of blindly fumble through the job.
I will say this, the way I field dress and the way I do some aspects of butchering do differ from others a bit. I tend to take the way that is most efficient for time and use of meat, and makes least use of a bone saw. I can honestly do an entire deer, field dressing to ready for the freezer, without ever using a saw, if I have to. I do use a saw for some steps just because it does make things a little easier, but the whole job, start to finish, can be done with nothing more than a decent fillet knife.
Probably your best course of action is to start this process in the spring time, with scouting/stand setup work, and go through a season/cycle or two with a mentor.
I'm up near Cabela's, which is kind of far for you, but I am more than willing to help through pm/email/etc if I can be of assistance. If I can knock down another one with my flintlock before the season ends, I will attempt to record how I field dress the deer, but I make no promises on either (1) getting one! lol, and (2) being able to situate a camera or my iphone in a manner conducive to good video of the event. I have no one who will be with me to hold said camera, so I will have to make due, and handling the camera during the task is not going to happen, for obvious reasons, lol.