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#1 Dennis

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 10:09 AM

Just wondering how many on here cutup there own deer and package it versus sending it to a processer ...?

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 11:48 AM

I process my own. The meat shops charge about $50.00 to skin em and an outrageous amount for deboning and processing.

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 12:16 PM

We do ours ourselves too. It doesn't take very long with 4 or 5 guys. :)
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 12:19 PM

We do our own.



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Posted 18 November 2006 - 12:42 PM

Eric and I do our own too. I have had a processor do several in Kansas as the temps were in the 90's. That guy doesn't charge an arm and leg to do it though. He will hold it frozen till I am ready to come home.
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 01:11 PM

We do our own, it's a part of hunting to us. The old," You kill it. You skin it. " attitude. It's the sacred circle; Shoot it, Field dress it, Skin it, Cut it up, Cook it, Eat it, Go hunting again. :yes: :D
QUOTE REDGREEN...[ The meat shops charge about $50.00 to skin em. ]
Wish I lived close. Id skin them all week long for $40 apiece :lol:

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:27 PM

I do mine.
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 06:02 PM

I got a book and taught myself after paying $65 for processing. Only got two grocery bags of meat back.

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 06:11 PM

Usually do our own unless time is critical. Shop nearby only charges $45 for everything.....can't squabble if there's tics on em! :o
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 08:02 PM

do my own or if im shot on time and cant get to it my buddy does it have 2 to cut up this weekend :D

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 08:07 PM

I do my own,have been for 30 years now................ ;)
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 09:42 PM

Been doing mine now for aboout 25 yrs. I just recently checked the prices at a nearby processor and they charge $35.00 for processing and $20.00 to pull the hide. Basic cuts of meat for an average deer will cost another $80.00. Then they charge a fee for your carcass disposal of another $25.00. So after you are all done you leave with some meat and an empty wallet. All total there your bill would be $160.00. That is with out jerky or summer sausage and anything special like that. If you want any of that you might as well rob the closest bank. :lol: I worked at a packing house for 12 yrs. and learned all the cuts on beef. The same on a deer.

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 10:01 PM

Ours here is $80.00 for skinning ,cuttingup and packaging ..i just feel like for what i't cost to have 2 worked up i could take that money 160.00 and buy a good set of knives , an old freezer and one of those vaccum packaging deals at walley world .. so i think after this yr i shall invest and do it myself.

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 10:07 PM

Dennis it isn't really hard to do and if you make a mistake no big deal eat it anyhow.
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 10:26 PM

This is for anyone who wants to skin there game faster and easier and who has an ATV. This is how we skin our deer and it takes about 20 seconds or less:

1/2. Have the deer hanging from something very sturdy. Rafters work very well.

1. Cut about 4 inches of hide on the back and curl it back after you cut the legs off.

2. Use a golf ball and curl the hide around the ball so that none of the ball is showing.

3. Then take a heavy duty rope and tie it as tight as you can under the ball and fur so that the rope is below the golf ball keeping the hide tight around the ball.

4. Tie the other end of the rope to the ATV hitch or rack and drive away SLOWLY.

Quick Tip: If you do this is a farmers shop were he keeps his greasy tools and parts, be sure you have a solid person to grab the carcass BEFORE it hits greasy tools. We learned this the hard way the first time we did it :o :rofl:

If everything goes smoothly the hide will peel off very easily with almost no hair on the meat!

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