Skin A Deer With An Air Compressor

air comThis infographic from Quincy Compressor got my attention, what do you think?

Step 1: Hang Your Deer

You start out the same way you would normally skin a deer. There are different thoughts about if it’s better to hang the deer head up or head down, but we’ve found that when you’re using an air compressor it doesn’t make a difference. Pick whichever way you’d like or are used to and hang the deer at a level where you can easily reach the whole thing.

 

Step 2: Cut A Hole

Once your deer is hanging securely, it’s time to make the first cut. Use a knife to cut a small hole in the skin that covers the deer’s thigh. This hole should be just big enough to fit the nozzle of the air compressor. Ideally you want to make it so that no air can get out once you have the nozzle in. If you find that you’ve made the hole too big you can put a piece of cloth or tape around the nozzle so it fits.

Step 3: Insert Nozzle

Next, simply insert the nozzle from the air compressor into the hole you made in the deer’s thigh. If it doesn’t fit, either make the hole larger or use tape or cloth around the nozzle to make it air tight.

Step 4: Turn On The Air

Now it’s time for the fun part. Turn on the air compressor and watch as the deer starts to puff up light a balloon! What happens is that the force of the air pushes under the skin and causes it to push itself off of the meat. The air separates the skin cleanly and neatly without causing any meat to go to waste.

Step 5: Repeat As Needed

Usually this works very well, but every once in a while there will there be parts that are still stuck. If that happens, simply cut another hole near that spot and repeat the previous steps. After doing this a couple times you’ll have the skin completely separated from the rest of the deer.

Step 6: Skin The Deer

Last, all you have to do is cut the skin along the deer’s back legs and then start to peel. The skin should be very loose from the air. Start at the top and peel the skin downward. Use a knife to cut through any spots that still might be stuck.

Then just like that, you’re done! You’ll have a perfectly skinned dear without any wasted meat.

I am looking for a few volunteers who own compressors to try it this season. Then write me a review and email, with pictures. I’ll send you a BIG DEER cap and some other cool swag.

Maryland Girl’s First Bow Buck

Today’s guest blog from our friend Danny Myers:

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My daughter Lexi had reached the point that all of us have reached at some point in our hunting lives. It was several weeks into the season, and she still had not had a deer within bow range.  On top of that the temperatures had been in the upper 80′s for the last week or so.  She was frustrated and so was I.  We decided to take a week off and according to the cameras, we didn’t miss anything.

Finally the temperatures broke, and it started to feel like fall again.

It took about a 10-minute lecture convincing her to go that night, but afterward, she was happy she did.

We were running late and didn’t settle into the tent blind until around 6:15.  But we had some does coming in by 6:45, so must have sneaked in quietly enough.  They kept looking behind them and I told her that something else was coming.

After a few minutes, a small 4-point followed the does in.  I reminded Lexi of our conversation earlier, when I’d explained we weren’t trophy hunters, and that we know some families who would really appreciate the meat.  She nodded and got ready for a shot. As the 4-point closed the distance, he paused at about 40 yards.

That’s when I saw another buck coming in from our left.

Then the fun began.  For the next 15 minutes this deer stared straight at us, only breaking his glare when taking a step. I must have told Lexi “don’t move” at least 20 times. I have never seen a deer so focused on something and not have him run away.

The smaller 4-point did run off and came back two different times. I was certain that this buck was going to spook also. And then he did. He flinched and leaped to our right. But then he stopped.  He turned around and slowly walked toward us!

It was the break we needed.  I had previously ranged this spot at 23 yards. I whispered “top line” twice…Lexi listened, and made the perfect broadside shot. (Top line refers to the top line in the scope; we had practiced this on target at different ranges.)

We saw the buck go down within 60 yards.

Both of us were shaking and had tears in our eyes.  I tried to tell Lexi that it was my allergies, but she knew better.  She gave me a huge hug and thanked me for convincing her not to give up. I can’t describe the pride I felt tonight.  It exceeded any rush that I have ever had with any deer I killed myself.  Unreal!—Danny from Maryland

Louisiana Dentist Kills Massive 230” Buck

La nontyp 2017When I saw this picture on my Twitter last week, I knew the buck would be one of the top non-typicals killed in 2017, and likely the biggest with a bow.

Mississippi Sportsman tells us: A St. Francisville dentist on Oct. 5 arrowed what could be the largest Louisiana non-typical deer to be killed with a bow — and he was hunting pretty much where he works.

“I killed the deer inside the city limits — behind my dentist office,” Dr. Frank Sullivan said of the 18-pointer that grossed between 220 and 230 points.

The monster has 3 drop tines, a third main beam, 11 points on the left and 7 points on the right side.

This giant should fire you up for your hunts this weekend!

Oklahoma Roadkill Buck Scored 236 3/8!

An amazing non-typical buck was killed last week.

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News Ok reports: a buck that would have made any hunter’s trophy room was (recently) found in an east Edmond neighborhood. The 28-point buck, which was struck by a motorist who left the scene, was found…and recovered by the City of Edmond, which turned it over to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

An official Boone and Crockett score put tape to the rack and came up with 236 3/8″ green.

The story goes on to say that there will be more road kills over the next few weeks. Statistics show that the chances of a driver hitting a deer in Oklahoma more than double in October and then almost double again as the rut rocks in November.

Kentucky Bowhunter Kills Giant Buck That Had Vanished 2 Years!

Today’s cool guest post from Kentucky bowhunter Alex Hamilton, who shot the biggest deer of his life earlier this season:

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Mike: This was the third season I had been after this buck.

After first getting pictures of him in 2015, I was eager to get out and learn more about the buck’s travel pattern and core area. After tons of trail camera pictures and multiple sightings the deer vanished just weeks after the season opened, never to be seen again for the rest of that year and also the following season. Since the buck had vanished for almost a year and half, I assumed the worst. He had either been killed by another hunter or died from other reasons.

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About the beginning of August I was out doing a little scouting one afternoon. On my way back to the house I passed a field with an absolute giant of deer standing right in the middle of it.  I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was by far the biggest deer I had ever seen in person! I was anxious to get permission from the landowner the next morning.

After giving me permission to hunt the landowner showed me a giant shed he had found during the spring. After looking at it and looking back through some old cam pictures I had I couldn’t believe my eyes—the shed was from the buck that had vanished 2 long years ago! I couldn’t wait for the next free day I had to get cameras out and strategize a stand placement to kill this buck.

With trail cameras out and a stand hung, I started getting regular pics and appearances of this buck again. It was all going so well and almost too good to be true. I was thinking, “This is going to be the easiest opening weekend kill ever!”

Two weeks before season, it happened again just like had 2 years earlier—all of a sudden he vanishes!  My heart sank. I couldn’t believe that after I had it all figured out, he had disappeared again.

Opening weekend arrived with still no more sightings or pics of the buck. Only good thing I had going for me is that it was the coolest opening weekend in Kentucky I had ever been a part of. With highs in the low 70s and getting down in the 50s during the nights, it was absolutely perfect for early bow season.

With the first week of the season gone I had high hopes for another good buck, a wide 8-point, that had started showing up. I had every intention of shooting him if he walked in while I was in the stand. I headed out on September 9. After a few hours, and with about 30 minutes left till dark, I texted my buddy to see if he had seen much. As I raised my head back up, I noticed a large rack thrashing the thicket it front of me. I had no idea what deer it was at first since I couldn’t see the whole rack, but I knew it was really good buck and I got things ready for the shot.

As I pulled back and got ready to shoot, the buck took a step out of the brush and looked in my direction. That was the moment I realized it was him! I got the pin set on the vitals and hit the release. It was a perfect shot. The Vanishing Buck made a complete circle around me and died 20 yards from the stand.–Alex

What a great story and yet another example of how a mature whitetail buck can be so canny and unpredictable, here one minute and gone the next. Way to go Alex!–M.H.

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