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How to Skin a Deer

Here are the basic steps for skinning a deer:

  1. Prepare the area: Choose a clean and well-lit area with a sturdy surface for skinning the deer. Make sure you have all the necessary tools on hand, such as a sharp knife, a bone saw, and gloves.
  2. Hang the deer: Hang the deer from a sturdy tree or hoist, using a gambrel or a pulley system to lift the animal.
  3. Make an incision: Start by making an incision along the deer's belly from the butt to the base of the ribcage. Be careful not to puncture any of the deer's internal organs.
  4. Peel off the skin: Use your hands to carefully peel the skin away from the deer's body, working from the belly toward the legs and neck. Use a sharp knife to cut through any connective tissue or muscle as needed.
  5. Remove the head and legs: Once you have the skin peeled back to the neck and legs, use a bone saw to remove the head and legs at the joints.
  6. Finish removing the skin: Continue to work the skin off the deer's body, using a knife to separate the skin from the carcass as needed.
  7. Remove the internal organs: Once the skin is removed, use a knife to carefully remove the deer's internal organs, being sure to avoid puncturing the bladder or intestines.
  8. Clean and store the meat: Rinse the deer's meat thoroughly with cold water and hang it to dry. Once the meat is dry, wrap it in butcher paper or vacuum-seal it and store it in a cool place.

Again, it's essential to follow proper safety procedures and have the necessary knowledge and skills before attempting to skin a deer. If you're not experienced in this task, it's best to seek guidance from someone who is or consult a professional butcher. 

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