How soon after killing a deer must it be gutted? By RubsNScrapes.com

- At 40 degrees?
- At 70 degrees?

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justinwp - We always try to do it as soon as possible. For early bowhunting in WI when the temperatures are in the 70s still, we just don't shoot for meat.
December 08, 2010
kamo-krazy - I always field dress em right after i harvest the deer and at 70degrees that wat i would continue to to do. At 40 degrees its not as crucial.
October 20, 2011
Calvin Henderson - Regardless of the temperature, I gut the animal as soon as possible. Getting the carcass open and cooled down is critical to preserve the quality of the meat.
I have several people tell me that bear meat is terrible to eat. That is simply not correct if the bear is taken care of properly. I gut and quarter them within 30 minutes of killing. The key is cutting the fat off the meat and cooling the meat quickly. My wife and I feel that bear meat is much better than venison if taken care of in the field properly.
November 07, 2011
va hunter - Gut as soon as you find them. The inner back strapps or tenderloins whick a lot think is the best meat on a deer can go bad pretty quick. I you hit certain organs that can also taint meat pretty quick. I don't think that there are any cons to gutting immediately
November 26, 2011
batkinson - gut asap no matter the situation.
December 26, 2011
Brian (indiana) - I agree with Calvin...bear meat is a lot better than deer meat.And I eat both.What ever you shoot ,Gut it as soon as posible.
January 03, 2012
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