If someone else is with me I just con them into doing it. If it makes them feel better I will wear gloves while they gut my deer.
Personally, I use the gutless method regardless of the animal or the distance from/to camp - so hardly any blood gets on the gloves. Have you ever accidently touched the tarsal gland on a mule deer? That takes the stink to a whole different level! Gloves to the rescue, again!Question:
Just how much blood do you even get on your hands field dressing say a deer or antelope? (lets exclude elk / moose etc from this).
I never split the rib-cage, I dont like how "floppy" the carcass becomes, and I find it gets more dirt / dust in side. I usually only get a single hand with blood on it when dressing out a deer... other hand is the "knife hand" and it stays relatively clean. Until its time to cut off the windpipe / esophagus, I rarely have blood much past the palm.
For the windpipe, I've learned how to get at it hold it and cut it off with 1 hand. That's the only time blood ever gets past my wrist, but rarely much further than that, and usually its the last step.
After that clean up is a breeze, use those dehydrated towel pellets with a cap full of water, clean off then use the rest to splash water inside the carcass then sit down and take 5 minutes to appreciate the view / experience before the drag work begins.
You were already at hero status in my book - this comment just moved you to Super Hero status!!For whatever reason diet coke is a release agent for blood. It's the only acceptable use for diet coke!
LOL He is a pretty shy guy! For some reason LEO seem to be camera shy.The ones the Vet uses to preg-check a cow? LOL... If I ever saw someone doing that in the field, I'd take a picture and make him famous.
Let’s be honest: sometimes it’s a nose pick 😜The lingering smell that's still on your hands next time you eat something mentioned by CPAJeff is a good reason.
We use Coke to clean battery terminals and cables.I use em if I remember to bring them.
Here is a helpful hint to get dried blood, fat, and smell off of your hands: Have a can of diet coke in the truck and pour it slowly over your dirty hands while rubbing them together. For whatever reason diet coke is a release agent for blood. It's the only acceptable use for diet coke!
I'm in the same boat. I started using them with rabbits after finding several with badly spotted livers. I kept using them for the cleanliness. Now they are always in my pack but rarely do I remember to use them.Honestly, I rarely remember to put them on--but I have always had them in my pack for the last decade or so. I just get so excited at the prospect of blood once the Bang-Flop! happens that my IQ tends to plummet. The times I do remember to put on the gloves, I'm way happier picking my nose the next few days than I am otherwise.
Ha! I’m blood brothers with about half the animals I killed. I’ve never used them and doubt I ever will.A lifetime of hunting, trapping, and skinning I've never worn them. I've become "blood" brothers with many a creature after a careless knick or puncture, I can't say I'm any the worse for it...
All but the fishermen.Apparently very few know how to wash their hands
I dare you to skin a brown bear that's been eating rotten salmon for a couple months without gloves and see how long it takes to wash that stink off your hands.Apparently very few know how to wash their hands
It would be gone real fast after you skinned out a skunk, or a coyote that has been rolling around in a dead animal.I dare you to skin a brown bear that's been eating rotten salmon for a couple months without gloves and see how long it takes to wash that stink off your hands.