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How they hanging?

Unread postby dirt nap giver » Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:03 am

How do you hang your deer? Head up? Head down? Why do you prefer this way?


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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby Black Squirrel » Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:17 am

Head up for me, not sure why, this is just the way I ve always done it. If you are going to have it mounted and you hang it upside down, don't rinse it with water. A buddy of mine did that, and the neck swelled up with water and made it alot harder for the taxidermist to skin it. ;)
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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby Sam Ubl » Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:07 am

Head up when hanging. . . Let that body cavity drain out.

Head down when skinning, I use a gambrel and find it's easier to peel the hide if you peel down the back legs and around the rump, then roll the hide in your hands and force down.
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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby Dewey » Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:35 am

Sam Ubl wrote:Head up when hanging. . . Let that body cavity drain out.

Head down when skinning, I use a gambrel and find it's easier to peel the hide if you peel down the back legs and around the rump, then roll the hide in your hands and force down.

Same here!!
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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby muddy » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:11 am

Head down always, especially if you're mounting the deer. If you hang it by the head you run the risk of stretching the cape.
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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby tim » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:23 am

head down here also.
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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:43 am

good topic, dng- The hunters I am acquainted with consistently follow the tradition of their family, whether its heads up or down. Obviously there are advantages and problems with each.

My family has a picture of a Michigan Beast Buck taken by my great-grandfather in 1913 and the buck is hanging head side up. I hope to have a picture of a Michigan Beast buck hanging head side up in 2013.
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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby Spysar » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:54 am

Hang it by the back legs, head down. Same way the butcher does.
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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby Spysar » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:56 am

Sam Ubl wrote:Head up when hanging. . . Let that body cavity drain out.

Head down when skinning, I use a gambrel and find it's easier to peel the hide if you peel down the back legs and around the rump, then roll the hide in your hands and force down.


The cavity should drain head down too if it's properly field dressed.
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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby Sam Ubl » Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:07 am

muddy wrote:Head down always, especially if you're mounting the deer. If you hang it by the head you run the risk of stretching the cape.


Maybe I'm assuming too much when I say that in the event you shoot a mounter, it would go without saying that you don't hang him by his neck... :? Not all hunters save one bullet or arrow a year for solely a 150 or bigger, and may also opt to harvest a couple does each season in the mean time.
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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby Mountain Man » Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:19 am

Sam Ubl wrote:Head up when hanging. . . Let that body cavity drain out.

Head down when skinning, I use a gambrel and find it's easier to peel the hide if you peel down the back legs and around the rump, then roll the hide in your hands and force down.


That's how I do it too.
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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby Mountain Man » Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:33 am

muddy wrote:Head down always, especially if you're mounting the deer. If you hang it by the head you run the risk of stretching the cape.


I disagree. The length of the neck is fixed and as long as the neck is not completely broken and detached internally, hanging by the neck or antlers won't stretch the cape. Even if it was able to stretch "longer and skinnier" in that position, the original neck circumference could and should still be made the original size for the mount.

The only real reason not to hang them by the neck is hair can get pulled out by a rope or chain.
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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby dirt nap giver » Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:34 pm

I hang head down for a couple reasons. First is to not damage the cape and the other is that I want the blood to flow into my neck roast. Gut, rinse throughly, hang down. I process my own. Potato-patato. My parents taught me that. Didn't know if it was correct or not.
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Re: How they hanging?

Unread postby Uncle Lou » Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:17 pm

I also hang by the head until I skin and butcher. Then I hang by the back legs.

Another trick I use is, I clean the cavity with vinegar and water. Cleanliness is good.
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