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Old 09-30-2011, 11:25 AM
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What camp do you belong in

Got into a discussion with Mom's husband on shucking hides on antelope.

Do you skin it in the field or wait till you get the animal home? Why?
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:35 AM
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Re: What camp do you belong in

I skin everything I shoot in the field. I will rarely cape a face out in the field, I usually do this back at camp. For antelope I do what ever will cause the least amount of damage to the cape if i am going to mount it. Antelope hair is really fragile. Lopes are a little different, just because the hair breaks so easily. I don't gut most animals either. I use a dorsal cut to minimize contamination to the meat.
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:12 PM
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Re: What camp do you belong in

I wait until I get home, it is just easier that way.
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:17 AM
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Re: What camp do you belong in

After harvesting many antelope over the years, and eating every one of them, I have learn this.

The sooner you get it cooled out, the better the meat will be.

So here is what I do.

If I am way in on foot I debone right on the spot and get the meat out to a cooler asap.

If I am in dragging distance of the truck, I will field dress and get it to camp asap where we skin, then quarter them and put the 1/4's on ice in coolers as soon as possible.

If there is snow on the ground I field dress and fill the chest cavity with snow. Then get it to camp and skin and get on ice.

Antelope are the tenderest tastiest animals one could eat. The guys that don't like the taste are probably hauling them around on a flat bed in 50 degree weather too long.

Bottom line, get em chilled and skinned asap and enjoy some very good eating.

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Old 10-02-2011, 01:36 PM
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Re: What camp do you belong in

A slice down the back to relieve the backstraps and then down the quarters to get them off for boneing. No gutting and the hide helps keep the meat off the dirt while boneing.
When I get home its a quick wash/process and I dont have hide/bones to get rid of.
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:39 PM
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Re: What camp do you belong in

Broz, You are 100% correct. Usually pretty hot when I hunt them and the sooner you can get them skinned and cooled down the better. My wife would rather eat antelope than any other game meat.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:21 PM
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Re: What camp do you belong in

Broz said it pretty well. The comment "guys hauling them around on a flat bed in 50 degree weather" is good. Most of the responders have Wyoming locations in their info, not surprising, but having chased them from Nevada to Alberta, August through October. I'd point out it won't get down to 50 degrees at night in a lot of places. In those places be prepared to waste no time if you want the mount or meat.
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