Why do it by hand when you can get a machine to do it for you?
Hunting season has begun in many states, and hunters everywhere are stocking up their cabins to prepare. Two surprising things to add to that shopping list are a generator and air compressor to take advantage of one of the newest methods of skinning deer. Why do it by hand when you can get a machine to do it for you, right?
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Using an air compressor to skin a deer may sound unconventional, but if you’ve ever damaged a hide you had hoped to display with a slipped knife cut, this method may be for you. Purchasing the equipment constitutes a one-time cost that has the potential to save you money in lost meat, hide and — perhaps most importantly — time. Plus, it sure does get people talking.
Curious? Here’s how to do it: once you have brought your kill back to the camp, hang it as if you were going to clean and skin it normally. Then, instead of making the large cut to clean the abdomen, make a hole in the hide covering one of the hind quarters. Make it just large enough to insert the air compressor’s nozzle. With this done, you can turn the compressor on and air will work to separate the hide of the deer from the meat.
As you can imagine, this method is less messy than even seasoned hunters might be used to. It sounds strange until you try it out for yourself.
After you have used the compressor to separate the hide as much as you need, you’re ready to make the larger cuts necessary to skin and clean it. You should be able to peel the hide back from the deer, making cuts as needed to remove it from the fore- and hind-legs, which should allow you to remove it completely with a larger cut along the neck.
You now have a beautiful hide, suitable for display!
This method has popped up recently and is just the latest of a long list of ways that hunters are using machines and technology to their advantage. For example, there are now machines that change oxygen molecules into ozone molecules, which means your scent if completely hidden. There are also gadgets that determine exact wind speed and direction, as well as apps that keep track of your ballistics.
These ideas may be new, but at the end of the day the new technologies will never replace actually being out in the woods.