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When Do You Draw the Line on Gutting Another Man's 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 deer hunting with somebody who's never really hunted before. 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 gutted before it gets processed, but he isn't too sure about it.

I've told him time and again that I'll show him how this year, but next year, field dressing is all on him.

Is that too soon?

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

Gutting Another Man's Deer

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 it's the obligation of the hunter to handle the game animal themselves. If they don't want to field dress a deer, I don't think 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?

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

How many times are you going to gut a deer for a buddy until you tell them it's time to put up or shut up?



When Do You Draw the Line on Gutting Another Man's Deer?