In this blog post, we will be discussing how to field dress a deer. Field dressing is an essential step in the process of harvesting game meat. If you don’t field dress your deer, it can spoil and ruin your meat before you ever get it home or cooked! The best way to learn how to field dress a deer for beginners is by watching someone who knows what they are doing and asking questions when needed. All too often, people try to wing it on their own only to end up with a mess of blood all over themselves and no idea what they did wrong. In this blog post, I will give you everything that you need so that you can do things right the first time around!
Harvesting Game Meat
You may be wondering why you need to harvest game meat. Well, deer meat is not like beef or chicken. It needs to be harvested and appropriately dressed for it to taste good! Deer meat, in particular, can go wrong quickly, especially if you let it sit out for too long. The good news is that if you know how to field dress a deer correctly, you can have fresh meat on the table in as little as an hour! This is, of course, if you are close to your home.
The Process of Field Dressing a Deer
Field dressing is the process of removing all internal organs from an animal. Before you can do this, it is necessary to remove any entrails in or near the animal’s abdominal cavity. The next step would be to skin out and quarter your deer carcass. Cutting off the legs just above where they meet with the body will make them easier to handle when transporting back home! Once field dressed, a deer should weigh around 100 pounds on average, which means that if you’re hunting for meat alone, then one deer should provide enough food for your family as long as you plan by freezing (or storing) some cuts now so that there won’t be anything left over after the field dressing is complete.
The tools used to field dress a deer include a knife, kitchen shears, a spoon, or a small bowl to collect the entrails and organs from inside the body cavity. Preparation for field dressing includes removing any unwanted parts of the deer, such as antlers or horns that could limit how close you can get to your animal. You may also want an extra set of hands nearby to help with this process if you’re not alone in your hunt!
Step One In Field Dressing Your Deer
The first step to field dressing a deer is to make an initial incision in the hide that goes from just below the navel on one side of the deer’s body up to, but not through, a similar point on the other side.
Step Two In Field Dressing Your Deer
The next step is then to make another cut across and around this opening to form a flap. This will allow you access to all parts of your animal for removing entrails without touching or contaminating any internal organs with external material like dirt or bacteria from outside sources. The goal is always cleanliness!
Parts to Discard
The parts of the deer that you want to leave in the field would be the head, the entire digestive tract (except for the heart and liver), all of the inedible muscle meat on legs and other extremities.
How long should Field dressing take?
Field dressing a deer needs to be done at a quick pace. This process should be completed in less than a few minutes. Any longer and you run the risk of creating an environment that is not safe for the meat.
How to Cook Deer Meat
There are many different methods for cooking deer meat. Some of the most common ways to cook deer meat include grilling, roasting, smoking, and frying.
Grilling Deer Meat
When grilling deer meat, you want to cook it for a few minutes on each side. An excellent tip for grilling deer meat is to marinate it before cooking the first time.
Roasting Deer Meat
The best way to cook a whole roast of deer meat is in an oven between 350°F and 425°F degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-25 mins per pound or until tender enough that a spoon can press into the flesh without any resistance. Another option you might have if you are cooking smaller pieces of venison, such as chops, steaks, etc., would be to use your stovetop grill pan over medium heat with olive oil spray coating the surface flipping every couple of minutes until the desired doneness has been achieved.
When roasting deer meat, remember not to overcook. This can cause the meat to become very rough and tough.
Secret Techniques to Grilling Deer Meat
A few tips that can help when cooking deer meat are not to overcook it, but also don’t undercook it because the flavor will be lost in both instances. Understanding how much time you need to cook your venison will depend on factors such as what cut of meat, if there are any bone fragments inside and whether or not it’s been previously frozen. Another trick I like using while grilling my roast venison is by turning off one burner on the stovetop to have a cooler section for searing and then finishing up with about ten minutes of roasting over high heat. This helps give my venison a nice crusty sear which adds more taste. You will want to experiment with your deer meat to find the sweet spot that allows for a great meal.
Although it can be a little stomach-turning to field dress a deer for the first time, it is an absolute must to have safe meat to eat. You will want to clean the intestines and stomach of any fecal matter, remove all hair from inside then wash it out with water. Once the deer has been field dressed, you can start getting it back to your car or truck for transporting home, where you will either be able to cook right away or freeze it for later use.
Remember that cleanliness is key to all field dressing for any game you happen to catch out on the hunt. Stay safe and enjoy your hunting adventures and enjoy the ability to feed your family with many delicious meals.