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Author Topic: Does anyone actually rinse their deer with a hose after it has been skinned?WHY?  (Read 2286 times)

Offline JohnVH

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always have, to get hair off, clean it, etc, then dry them and hang in the cooler, or cover if still at camp. Never had a problem with deer, bear, antelope.

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I prefer to hang them dry and brush off any hair.   Hosing them off is a last resort if things get really messy with a gut shot animal.

We will use the pressure washer on my toy hauler if the guts have been opened.  If not I prefer to hang em up and dry and wipe the blood off with a towel (if there are many hairs I use a bone scraper or wad of burlap to whisk the hair off) before slipping a game bag over them. 

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I always hose, scrub and towel off all my game animals especially in warmer weather.  I get every spot of blood, hair, dirt, etc.  I want that carcass pristine!  I also put a fan on it to cool it down faster and get that protective crust.  I cut up all my own deer but if you want to piss off your butcher bring him a dirty animal with hair all over it.
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forgot to mention the fan, I have one going where I hang the deer,hogs, cows etc in an insulated shop.  That dries things up nicely and help cools it down.  The water also helps cool the carcass down initially and continues cooling as the water evaporates off the carcass with the fan. 

I don't have a walk in cooler yet, any cooling I can get helps.
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I've used a hose on a rare occasion but almost always wife down with white vinegar diluted a little with water or citric acid and water.  Always been afraid of the bacteria associated with rinsing down, which will spawn much faster if not dried properly.  I have it in my mind that the vinegar kills bacteria, pulls blood from the shot up areas and balances the guts and grime out...
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Either by bucket load or by hose, I have rinsed many deer to remove hair, dirt, or to clean out an entrails spill.
I felt like a one legged cat trying to bury a terd on a frozen pond!

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As a backcountry hunter, my animals are all gutless deboned in the wilderness.  The extra handling involved with that, even if extremely careful, gets more hairs on the meat due to transfer from gloves while putting meat in game bags.   Take the meat home, immediately rinse and dry the meat.  Then immediately begin processing (what I'm not working on is in meat tubs in my second fridge to keep it cool until I can get to that section).   Cut off all silver skin, fat, tendons.   Only pure muscle is left.  Then I cut and package for my preferred allocation of ground, stew, steaks, etc.


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There is usually not any need in our deer to rinse the outside of the carcass (skin side).  However, I always run the hose through the cavity to rinse out blood (prior to hanging and skinning).  Never had any problem with meat flavor, etc.  If there is hair left on the carcass following skinning, a clean wet rag can help clean that off. 

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I have done all above mentioned.  It depends on the situation.  Gut shot needs cleaned=any way possible.  Bugs?  Vinegar bath?  River, creek, hose, rags. Nothing. What does water hurt? It dries.  I make a mess skinning. Get r done clean up after.  I don't think it possible to skin/gut/clean without making some mess.  I sure cant! :chuckle:  Guide style is for sure the easiest/cleanest.
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I almost always skin with the head up, maybe this keeps more hair off the meat? I'm also not sure where all of this "dirt" comes from? I dragged my gutted deer over a half mile this year and had no dirt on or in it, granted, it was not a huge buck, just a nubbin, but still....

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I almost always skin with the head up, maybe this keeps more hair off the meat? I'm also not sure where all of this "dirt" comes from? I dragged my gutted deer over a half mile this year and had no dirt on or in it, granted, it was not a huge buck, just a nubbin, but still....

This mirrors my experience

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I always do , Just something about any hair on it bothers me alot,meat cools quicker,etc.If no hose around buckets of cold water hand bath.
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Having shot elk in the archery season when it is extremely warm I have thrown gutted elk into streams to cool them down. You don't have long in the heat to get them skinned and cooled before the meat will spoil in the heat. Many hunters have shot elk and not found them till the next day in a warm environment and have spoiled the meat when it is hot. If hunting in snow gut them and fill the cavity with snow. Get them gutted, skinned and cooled ASAP. If using water to cool make sure to dry them after to prevent the rapid growth of bacteria in the moisture. With deer, being smaller in mass, the act of cooling becomes easier. However if you skin it and either gut shot it, made a mess in gutting it, got the metatarsals glands all over the meat or the hair on the meat wash it down and rub it dry with a towel.

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I always do, cleans blood & cools it down. I teach hunter ed & always follow the lesson plan about "clean, cool & dry" but I've never had a problem with bacteria forming as people warn, but mine are always hung so drip dry, my butcher has me split elk because he is getting old & I use a pressure washer to get all of the bone chips off before I bring it to him
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I had a buddy give me a Deer Zipper years ago
we pull the hides off deer with it and never have to deal with more than a few hairs on the meat.  If an animal's guts are open then it gets the pressure washer and vinegar before being rubbed down inside and out with an old bath towel and bagged.  If it is hot weather we put ice into lawn bags and place it in and around the carcass and cover it with an old sleeping bag.  If I could not get to ice I think I would debone meat, plastic bag it and put it in a creek   

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I wash them dry them and put a fan on them. I also let them hang longer than most folks

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I had a buddy give me a Deer Zipper years ago


Don't try that with a cold deer.

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I had a buddy give me a Deer Zipper years ago


Don't try that with a cold deer.

Rips head or quarters right off and drags everything attached to the hide through the dirt.  Friend tried it. 

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I have rinsed the cavity of blood or gut matter but never the outside unless there is a lot of blood to rinse off.  Moisture leads to a great medium for bacterial growth and I don't want that increase that possibility. For me 50 hairs is a lot as some others have said so no reason to rinse for that. Growing up in CO it was never a problem to get a good skin but I have always had problems in SE AK and western WA and I don't want more moisture then I can help. I want to try a citric acid spray one of these years and see if it helps.

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Don't fear the bacteria, you'll have it wet or dry. keep it cold is all.
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If I bone it out I typically don't have hair on the meat.  Most of my deer or elk are too deep to take whole.  So I bone them out.
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Had a conversation with my butcher about this. He said not to use water and if a hair was found on the meat then he picks it off with the knife instead of rinsing it off. He did mention vinegar if you needed to do a rinsing. His theory with rinsing with water is that it pushes the bacteria into the meat.

My philosophy is this. Every situation is different. You don't always have a pickup truck right there with a meat locker just down the road to accept it right away. I will take whatever means necessary to keep that meat from spoiling. If I have to throw that meat in the creek to cool it off in September then that's what I'm gonna do.  :twocents:

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Had a conversation with my butcher about this. He said not to use water and if a hair was found on the meat then he picks it off with the knife instead of rinsing it off. He did mention vinegar if you needed to do a rinsing. His theory with rinsing with water is that it pushes the bacteria into the meat.

My philosophy is this. Every situation is different. You don't always have a pickup truck right there with a meat locker just down the road to accept it right away. I will take whatever means necessary to keep that meat from spoiling. If I have to throw that meat in the creek to cool it off in September then that's what I'm gonna do.  :twocents:

That is why I avoid water unless guts are spilled.  My first butcher was adamant about not using water unless necessary and if necessary then towel it off right away and I guess his council stuck all these years.  He said the water absorbs heat and mixed with blood it is a breeding round that bacteria goes wild in.  He a said that a wet bath towel followed up by a dry bath towel was what he preferred.  But I have used a hose or the pressure washer on my toy hauler when available, then toweled it off after hanging and then bagging. 

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I almost always skin with the head up, maybe this keeps more hair off the meat? I'm also not sure where all of this "dirt" comes from? I dragged my gutted deer over a half mile this year and had no dirt on or in it, granted, it was not a huge buck, just a nubbin, but still....

Always skin head up. All the hair lays flat towards the rump.
My first deer I did not know about skinning head up, I came home with so much hair and silver skin on me, my mom hosed me off before I could come in the house,
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Someone on Facebook is saying deer and elk should be rinsed with a hose

Well, if you read it on Facebook...
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