Gutless: skin quarters first or last?

sndmn11

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 28, 2017
Messages
1,612
Location
Littleton, Colorado
A thread I read the other day about laying out some sort of tarp, reminded me of this video and how Fred Eichler processes gutless.

I have always skinned the quarters on the carcass, and then removed them. It seems that cutting quarters off with the hide on, and then skinning them away from the carcass or even hanging would keep things cleaner.

I am wondering who has tried both ways, and why have you stuck with one or the other?
 

87TT

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 13, 2019
Messages
1,441
Location
Idaho
The faster I can get that skin off and start the cooling the better.
 

Stalker69

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 12, 2019
Messages
574
I normally skin entire animal, if I can hang it. Then proceed to quarter, hand head down and start from front quarters up. Remove hind quarters last. If I need to do it on the ground due to size of animal or lack of trees I skin half, , then quarter that side ( laying the meat on the fresh hide I have folded over. Then flip the animal on the other side and do the same. It seems to work and keeps things a lot less hairy and cleaner for me.
 

Superkodiak38

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 18, 2016
Messages
611
Location
Maryland
If it was 10 degrees and I knew I was going to get it somewhere in a short period of time to skin it out I wouldn't hesitate to do that. You are cutting a lot of hair but that's not a huge issue, most of that outer fascia is going to the trash anyhow
 

WCB

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 12, 2019
Messages
580
When packing on mules I used to leave skin on. Of course again this was with mules... only thing left behind was a gut pile. Half neck, front shoulder, ribs (x2). Then two rear quarters skin on. Archery season threw rifle never had any spoiled meat just get air circulating and somewhere cool.

If I am packing out on my back...skin first, debone, into game game bags
 

bruceleroy

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2015
Messages
139
Ive done both and never had issues either way. People make it sound like you have precisely 36.45 seconds to cool the meat. They need to chill out. You have a lot more time than you think you do. Same goes for hanging in a tree. I hung meat for a 14 day hunt before. Kept it in the shade. Nightly temps in the 40s and day time was in the low 70s. Best aging process ever!
 

rayporter

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 3, 2014
Messages
2,365
Location
arkansas or ohio
i find it easier to hang the legs and skin them. you can get the parts off quicker that way and keep the meat cleaner.

if it is cold enough i will load the horses with the skin on and remove it at the truck.
 

Wilderlife

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 8, 2017
Messages
333
Location
Australia
Skinning stuff is much harder if the skin gets to really cool down, but it definitely protects the meat.

I do either skin on or off, depending on where I am, how I'm feeling, and how easily I can get the meat back to camp or my vehicle.
 

wytx

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2017
Messages
885
Location
Wyoming
Cut from the under side, no hair on the meat.
Hide on the quarters til they get hung up to age.
 
Top