How to Gut a Deer for Raw Dog Food: Illustrated Guide
Information and Pictures About Gutting a Deer
This is the second article of four that demonstrates how to prepare deer for dog food. The first necessary step is to remove the skin and head of a deer.
Previous comments on this article indicated that many people found the pictures showing the removal of the deer's head to be disturbing. None of these pictures are intended to gross anybody out, but they are realistic and graphic.
If the sight of blood or guts bothers you, you should not continue to read this article.
Preparing the Skinned Deer for Gutting
Our next step after removing the head and hide is to position the deer belly up. We use 4X4 wooden blocks, four feet long, to stabilize the deer in this position.
A word on knives and cleanliness. For most of the gutting process, the knife MUST be used with the sharp edge facing upward to prevent cutting into the intestines and causing a mess. The deer shown in these photos had an internal temperature of around 65 degrees F., and was not fit for human consumption. It was slightly bloated, and it was therefore critical that we not puncture the intestines.
This deer, while a poaching victim and not a road kill specimen, was similar to what you might receive if you are able to get road kill deer from your local D.N.R. or D.O.W. These deer are not suitable for human consumption.
A Warning About E. Coli
During the gutting process, it is important to realize that splitting guts will likely result in E. coli-laced meat. This is true in any grain-fed animal, and this deer grazed in corn fields. While E. coli is normally not an issue with dogs as their digestive tracts are quite short, it is important to properly wash hands and cutting utensils when finished handling your deer.
Now we will get on with removing the guts.
Step One: Splitting the Meat and Membranes Down the Belly
Step Two: Cutting Through the Breast Bone
Step Three: Cleaning Out the Body Cavity
Step Four: Disposing of the Guts
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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