If you are sat there wincing that this is going to be like something out of the pages of a horror novel, calm that imagination down a bit. This is a practical hunting idea and air compressors make one of the best deer skinning tools; as efficient as knives and saws. This article doesn’t write about How to Bleach a Deer Skull. But If you are a licensed hunter and your game is primarily deer, this guide is a must-read .
How To Skin A Deer
Fact Is Stranger Than Fiction
Skinning deer, much like skinning the proverbial cat, is multifarious. As bizarre as air compressors can seem in the game skinning department, they work neatly and like a charm. Not only is it simple, you can easily clean a deer this way.
- Deer carcasses after a hunt can rot fast if you do not get them salted and prepared for a family get-together or barbecue. If a tool like an air compressor helps save time, why not give it a shot.
- As a rule of thumb you start by hanging the deer by its antlers or legs; preferably the latter, which makes cleaning easier.
- Do not begin with the air compressor but take an ideal knife to the deer’s thigh (any one of the thighs will do; upper portion, inner side) and make an incision or hole there. This is where your air compressor nozzle is going to go.
- Place the tip of the nozzle inside the hole. The tear has to be tight enough around the nozzle else you will need to attach a cloth to it. An air-tight setting is what you need.
- The hole should not be deep merely superficial so that when the compressor is turned on, air is forced under the skin not into muscle or bone.
- This pressure spreads along the underside of the skin (the epidermis) and fluidly separates skin from muscle all over the deer’s meaty constitution.
- Test the skin in places to see if it is loose and wobbly. Make other holes (be as minimal as you can) where the skin seems to stick. Use the air compressor at those spots. Again, make the incision with the same knife you used earlier, keep it relatively tight to hold solely the nozzle, and repeat the process.
- Take the same knife to the skin just above the back legs’ hooves. Make a neat circular cut. Since the rest of the skin is loose, you can practically slide the whole thing off the carcass, leaving behind the meaty portion with organs still inside the body. This you can clean as you learned to do with game like deer.
If you still come across areas that stick or prove stubborn, use the knife to make your way through.
How To Skin A Deer
Extra Notes On Compressor Use For Deer Cleaning
Different hunters have their own opinions and ‘smart alec’ ideas on how to clean deer, more so now that we broached the topic of air compressor application. The starting step warrants special note. Whether the deer is hung by its head or back legs, the process is still much the same. It boils down to familiarity and preference, and with an air compressor at hand the steps are exactly the same; hole in skin, nozzle after, trigger.
Suppose you tear a hole too big for the nozzle; meaning it does not fit properly. You cannot have that, because without that air-tight setting the air simply will not gain sufficient pressure to spread under the skin to various parts of the deer’s body. Tie cloth or tape around the nozzle tip and insert it into the same hole; no need to make a new one, too messy. This provides the air-tightness required to get the job done.
If you are worried the air pressure might bruise the meat it is passing over, rest assured that it will not. The meat will be left completely unharmed, except for the portions you have intentionally damaged with bullet, arrow, knife, or by mistake. The air passes through the skin, neatly separating it from the flesh.
This is awesome because you can create feast-like settings with the deer turning over a spit as it roasts over a fire. If it is all cut up, weird and misshapen, the presentation will be affected.
There is a very high chance that some parts of the skin will still remain stuck to the meat. The air compressor cannot be strong in every zone under the skin. The deer’s natural shape and other factors could guide the air differently and result in some skin spots left unpeeled. You can simply repeat the incision and nozzle insertion process at that spot; the air pressure will then be strongest at that point and there is little chance of the skin still sticking.
When you slice the skin at the back legs, just around the upper hooves, perform the usual routine that you would with deer cleaning after a hunt. Since the skin is loose you need not tug it off the old fashioned way and use a knife where required; that is simply too much hard work with chunks of meat being lost in the process. If there are spots still giving you trouble at this particular stage, use the knife itself; no big loss now.
Finally, you will have expertly skinned a deer using the rather unconventional air compressor approach, and you did not waste the scrumptious meat in any way. Good for you. Happy hunting.