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

gutting a deer
North American Whitetail

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

This year, I've been 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 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, it's all on him.

Is that too soon?

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 do that, 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? 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?



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