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Do You Rinse/Wash Out The Gut Cavity?

Old 09-23-2009, 02:44 AM
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Question Do You Rinse/Wash Out The Gut Cavity?

One of my first mentors in deer skinning use to hang his deer by the head, then rinse out the gut cavity with a hose before skinning and deboning.

Some time after I heard that doing this actually spreads bacteria and is not good or necessary.

I don't know about that, but for me, the meat is in the neck, shoulders, legs and backstraps... all outside the gut cavity.

Do you rinse out the cavity?

Do you feel it's necessary or not?

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Old 09-23-2009, 02:52 AM
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I like to do it especially if the stomach or gut has been perforated. The contents will affect the taste of the tenderloins and anything else it touches.
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Old 09-23-2009, 04:02 AM
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If its was a gut shot deer then yes or depending on how much blood actually got inside the cavity.
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Old 09-23-2009, 04:26 AM
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If everything goes right I dont have to, but if it doesn't yes I rinse it out as best as possible.
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Old 09-23-2009, 06:54 AM
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I haven't had to do it yet as I don't keep the ribs. I just wash off the tenderloins once they're removed. But I agree about doing it if there's a gut-shot.
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:02 AM
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Unless it's required, I don't wash the cavity. Let it hang a few days and begin butchering the deer.
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:40 AM
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I rinse all mine out, although I don't think it is necessary unless you gut shot the deer or are keeping the ribs. My dad does it that way and that's who I learned it from.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:55 AM
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"Some time after I heard that doing this actually spreads bacteria and is not good or necessary."

I've been told the same.................................

Certainly, rinse meat with clean water after butchering and dry throughly before packing.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:16 AM
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Make sure you dry it thoroughly.

I'll wipe it out with a wet rag. If I have to rinse, I dry it well.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:45 AM
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Yeah I too heard it spreads bacteria. But I believe if I gut shot a deer, I will do it anyways.
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