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Old 12-11-2009, 07:56 AM
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I still see on several photos the old cutting of the neck thing on dead deer. How many hunters still practice this and why? I'm not a doctor, but I'm thinking unlike farm animals that are stunned then hung up and bled out by sticking them, a dead deer on the ground isn't going to bleed out when the main pump is shut off. This has always been an interesting bit of hunting history with me cause I've never understood the therory behind the practice. If the deer are still alive then I'd be the last one to try to slice and dice a live deer. What do you think?
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:15 AM
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From my experiences, a deer killed by a hunter, either with an arrow or bullet has already bled out. I think this is the main reason they expire, especially with good shot placement. When the deer is field dressed, most of the blood is removed with the internal organs. When shot through the heart lung area, the chest cavity is filled with blood as all the blood is passing though these organs on a continual basis. I don't think that cutting the neck is necessary. It just adds an extra opening to allow bacteria in that can cause meat spoilage. Any extra blood that is in the muscles will drain out when the deer is hung. I prefer hanging my deer with the head down. This allows any fluid to drain out though the neck and not though and over the hind quarters. I also haven't observed much blood pooled under my hanging deer, suggesting that most of the blood has alrady been removed during field dressing.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:18 AM
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Just thought of this too, if a deer is still alive when approached, I would not recommend trying to cut the throat. Not only do I view tis as inhumane but I have seen a friend get kicked by a deer. Sharp knife + freightend deer = High risk of seroius injury.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:21 AM
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and I don't see blood clots or pooled blood in the muscle tissues when butchering. Just my opinion, I believe its a tradition in some areas thats been passed down most likely from early farmers who were use to sticking their own animals and it just spread out to hunters. We hang the animals from the head. Tradition I guess.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:47 AM
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Never cut a neck. I don't really think it is inhumane though.

My My brother in law is a crack shot. He is only 17, but he like to show off and head shoot deer. Well 2 years ago is was hunting the big box with my father in law and a good 8 point walked out and he aimed for the eyeball and the deer dropped.

My father in law would rather clean 2 so he climbed down to drag the deer off the lane so he could hunt some more. When he walked up there wasn't any blood and one antler was missing. He reached down to and grabbed the other antler to look at the other side and the deer rolled its eyes. Sat down quickly on the front shoulder and cut the throat.

My brother in law had hit the base of the antler and knocked the deer out cold. They agrued the rest of the day about who should tag it.

That is about the only way I would advocate cutting a throat. if you know you don't have a shot to finish him with your rifle on the ground but you are going to be in trouble if he gets up.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:23 AM
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Huh never heard of doing that?
but which way to hang a deer sounds like a good debate

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Old 12-11-2009, 01:07 PM
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its for sure old school from killing farm animals is my guess but i never seen anyone try to ring their necks so why would you. thats the way my dad did it and still does for all i know. i never saw the point of cuttin the throat. first off the pump is broke so it ain't pumpin, second there is a hole in the pipe system already, and thirdly your going to take the heart out in just a monent.

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