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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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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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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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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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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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Huh never heard of doing that?
but which way to hang a deer sounds like a good debate
 
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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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I have always cut the neck as long as I have been hunting, but not for any of the above reasons. We always cut the neck all the way through the wind pipe as close to the chin as you can get. We then reach up in the chest cavity and pull the wind pipe out. The tissue of the wind pipe is one of the first areas of a deer that will rot and turn the meat around it bad. If you take your deer to the butcher the day it is killed it is not to bad, but we spend a week at the camp with the deer hanging and if the weather is warm the wind pipe will rot quick.
 
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Nice! At least you climbed down to take a nap. Too many guys try to fight the drisowness and stay on stand. I know a guy who's brother is paralyzed because of this.For the life of me, I don't understand why 100% of hunters aren't wearing a safety harness. They take seconds to put on and can save your life, and you get one free when you purchase a new stand.
 

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i dont cut the neck i think its disresepctful to the deer .I hang em from the rear legs some german hunters put a hemlock branch in the mouth as a symbolic last meal
 

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I too have heard that the windpipe should be removed asap. Don't know if it is true but have heard it. The heart does not need to be pumping to drain main arteries and veins just gravity. if animal is dead and you are going to gut it immediately, then no there is no reason to cut the throat. One thing not mentioned yet is that if you are going to mount the animal NEVER cut the throat or your taxidermist will be very angry.
 

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windpipe should be removed cuz flies lay eggs in there.but you can remove by reaching up and pulling through the chest cavity
 

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I have only cut the neck on one deer and it was because I made a bad shot on her and she was laying in the field in pain. I don't make it a routine or do it for sport. Actually I felt as though I was doing the most humane thing at the time. She was in bad shape. If I had left her to die it could have taken hours. Put in the same situation, I would do the same thing again.
 
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I have only cut the neck on one deer and it was because I made a bad shot on her and she was laying in the field in pain. I don't make it a routine or do it for sport. Actually I felt as though I was doing the most humane thing at the time. She was in bad shape. If I had left her to die it could have taken hours. Put in the same situation, I would do the same thing again.
why not shoot her again, just wondering?
 

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There is no legitimate reason to cut a deers throat whatsoever, none. Also, cutting a deers throat is a definate no-no if you plan on mounting that trophy....
Many generations ago it was believed that quickly draining a wild animals blood was beneficial to the meat, it isn't.

If anyone is still cutting a deers throat, for whatever reasons they believe they are doing it for, all they are really doing is exposing even more of the meat to unwanted bacterias.

Ronn, I think the answer to your question is, More than likely when a hunter approaches a downed deer that hasn't expired,,, in most cases the hunters are only armed with high powered rifles so the safest option is to cut the suffering deers throat... It's not something any of us want to ever have to do.
 
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i agree with bruce on the throat cutting. isn't any reason to do it and it would let in more crap.

cutting the throat safer than shooting it from 10 yards away or 5, or 3,???????????? i don't think so. those hooves can cut you up.
 

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If a deer still has kick in it it's more than likely on it's feet, however, if that's the case then it should be shot again from a distance.
 
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i'd still just shoot it again. i've only had one that i had to deal with and it was just a finishing shot in the ear.

funny the traditions, wives tales, and becauses, out there when it comes to things like cutting the throat or hanging this many days and the like.
 

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I wish I had all the second arrows I used to end the situation quickly. $20.00/arrow but I've never questioned my decision to put the animal out for the count thats why I purchase them by the dozen :bag:. I've heard of the rotting esophagus thing but never encountered it in 40 years of hunting. If the weather is too warm to allow a week of hanging then we quarter them up and put on ice in garbage bags in coolers at camp. We put a hemlock branch into the chest cavity to spread it out for faster cooling. If its questionable temperature I'll split the rib cage to the lower neck and open things up a bit.
 

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HM< Another topic for discussion is why do you hang the animals for days? Once i stopped hanging animals I haven't had one yet that tasted bad. Here in the west the food the animals eat can really affect the way they taste, but if you chill, debone and cut off all the fat ASAP even antelope can be fantastic. Fat in game animals will start to spoil almost immediately. Anybody up for a discussion on this maybe we should start a need thread.
 
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