I was never a hunter until I was in my twenty's. I moved next door to someone who would become one of my best friends. We went rabbit hunting and while we did not have a dog we always had a blast and came back with a few.
Fast forward a year or two and we go deer hunting and we get a doe. BAM, 50 pounds of meat from a deer...3 pounds of meat from a days worth of rabbits and almost the same amount of work skinning and cleaning...
I have not rabbit hunted since that day, I belonged to a club that put out hundreds of Pheasants each year but that is "put and take", and that is all the small game I have done in almost 30 years!
We used to have a saying for getting a deer from the field, cut up, and into the freezer " Dry'd Clean'd and Pressed ". I always liked pulling the skin off while still warm...it comes off as easy as taking off a jacket, some guys let them hang. To me fast is best, I can leave them in my outside fridge if I want some aging.
So, you are not spending 45 minutes doing a deer, you must have a trick that gets you done in a hurry...care to share? Right now those squirrels are barking at me every time I go deer hunting and one of the only reasons they are still there is because I don't want to waste game.
A squirrel is skinned and gutted and cut in less than a minute flat.We use the tail cut method on the tree rats. Deer are hung skinned and deboned while hanging 5-6 minutes on them.The boned meat goes straight onto ice. When we are done with a deer its a skeleton hanging with the guts intact. We are a fine tuned team and no words are spoken until we are done. In the last 5 years we have skinned approx. 260 deer. Thats no joke...that number is much higher on the tree rats. I will post a video on both next time. Both methods are pretty slick.
" If you do not want to stand behind our troops feel free to stand in front of them" "Make stupid decisions and you will win stupid prizes"