Examining When Hunters Should Start Field Dressing Their Own Deer


For all of us who've hunted, there comes a time when it's your turn to handle the duties yourself. 

This deer season, I've been hunting with somebody who's never really hunted. I set them up with a crossbow, camouflage, boots, and gear.

Every time they see a deer, they're jacked up. The only reservation this person has about taking a deer is the process of what happens next. He knows a deer carcass gets field dressed before it gets processed, but he isn't too sure about it.

I've told him repeatedly that I'll show him how this year, but next year, the field dressing duties are all on him.

Is that too soon?


What does it mean if you're always the one field dressing the deer?

Gutting Another Man's Deer

Hunter recruitment is significantly essential, and there's no arguing that. For our hunting heritage to continue, there should be a legion of experienced hunters willing and able to introduce someone else to the recreational activity.

The last thing I want to do is scare off a new hunter because of something he doesn't want to do. However, I feel the hunter must handle the game animal themselves. If they don't want to field dress a deer, I won't go as far as to say they shouldn't be hunting.

Hunters have the same obligation to eat the animal after the fact. I'll happily show him how, but he has to take over after that.


What do you think? Am I way off-base here, or do you feel the same way? When do you anticipate doing it yourself if you are a new hunter who hasn't field-dressed a deer by themselves yet?

It might be different for certain parts of the United States. Someone in Michigan could feel differently than someone in New York, and neither may agree with a Texan.

How often are you going to field dress a deer for a buddy until you tell them it's time to put up or shut up?



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