If you have never been hunting for deer before, then you are in for a real treat. Deer hunting is one of the most popular types of sports related to hunting, not only because it provides a person with a great adventure, but also is practical, as the meat that is obtained can last you and your family for weeks, maybe even months.
For seasoned hunters they know exactly what to do after shooting a deer, but if you are new to hunting these animals, then here are some tips that can help you to get the most out of your experience by letting you know exactly what to do after shooting a deer.
#1 Is It Dead?
This is the most important question to ask yourself. Even a severely wounded deer can be a danger to you. If you even have the slightest doubt that the animal is completely dead, then you may need to place an additional shot into the animal to ensure that is the case. The last thing you want is to be attacked by one of these creatures as their horns can be extremely dangerous.
#2 Time to Gut
Gutting the deer, what is referred to as field dressing, is the next step. Before you even do anything related to this it is important that you have a few sharp knives with you. A dull knife will make the task a lot more difficult, so make sure that you have brought at least two sharpened knives out to the field with you.
As you are getting the animal you want to ensure that you do not puncture any of the organs. This can lead to fluids or debris being released from the organ, which contains your meat.
You want to cut away the internal organs and as much of the windpipe as possible. If you are unfamiliar with exactly how to do this, there are several videos and articles on the web that can teach you the proper techniques. It is important that you spend a little time learning how to do this as you don’t want to find that your meat is tainted and unusable. This would make your day out hunting a waste of time.
#3 Getting It Home
The transporting of the deer is important as well. You may find that it is impossible for you to bring your vehicle close to where the kill was made, meaning you have to drag your deer out of the woods.
If you find that you have to carry it over any distance that it is a good idea to wrap the deer in a tarp. This ensures that it does not come in contact with the ground, thus getting dirt, leaves and tree branches, and other debris on it. This will make the cleaning of the deer a whole lot easier later on if you follow this important step.