Skinning deer with air compressor

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Skinning deer with air compressor

Any of you guys ever tried this? Does it work well?

 

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Do they make an assitted-open air compressor with a belt sheath in a light-weight model?

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Never tried it on a deer but it works awesome on sheep blew up like a balloon made pulling the hide of really easy. Thought the guy was crazy when he told me to get the air nozzle lol

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Wow, I’m going to try this. I have an air compressor with a nozzle, etc. Out at deer camp right now to blow out the plumbing.   Intruiging!  

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No thanks. I'd rather not leave the guts in my deer that long.

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I use it on badgers and racoons, also on old gnarly coyotes. It would work to an extent on field dressed deer if the carcass was chilled.

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I’d think you could do the usual field dressing, then when you get close to a compressor try it.   Once the compressed air lifts the skin off to a cut area in the hide it would leak, Then  make another hole somewhere else And start again.  Might be patchy but would lift the majority of the hide.

My only concern might be that it would work for the easy to skin areas, but the air would dissect around areas that now need sharp skinning anyway, like where the hide is fastened down more, like the thighs, back upper legs, etc.  

If I can shoot an arrow straigh I’m sure going to try it! 

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bobkat wrote:

I’d think you could do the usual field dressing, then when you get close to a compressor try it.   Once the compressed air lifts the skin off to a cut area in the hide it would leak, Then  make another hole somewhere else And start again.  Might be patchy but would lift the majority of the hide.

My only concern might be that it would work for the easy to skin areas, but the air would dissect around areas that now need sharp skinning anyway, like where the hide is fastened down more, like the thighs, back upper legs, etc.  

If I can shoot an arrow straigh I’m sure going to try it! 

Let us know how it goes, i'm pretty curious about this!

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I've never had an issue skinning a deer. get it started, grab it and pull. Takes me about 2 minutes if it aint shot to shit.

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I did this method on a buck back in 2015, made it very simple and quick. slice, fill then cut and pull probably cut the time to skin in half from our traditional method. 

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Hey Measure it!  

You could rig up a hose and nozzle to put on a big can of Bear Spray!   Portable and belt carried.  That way you’d be able to season the meat at the same time. LOL.    Plus, you could defend yourself against any horny attacking bucks during the Rut when you bend over to skin your deer! 

I wouldn’t advise using a can of Fix a Flat!   That stuff might be too chewy.

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I arrowed a Buck last nite, and had him gutted, loaded up in the pickup and home within a couple hours.  I hung him with my ceiling hoist, then started skinning when he was really fresh and still warm.

As per the above instructions, I made a small hole in the hide, inserted a blow gun nozzle, held the hole as airtight as possible, then hit the ON lever!

WOW! I never expected this to work as it did. The whole skin inflated like a balloon and with a single inflation hole in each side, wirhin a minute Mr. Deer looked like the Pillsbury Dough Boy,  From  this point it was easy to slice around the neck and down to the chest and pull the skin off. I cant say it was as easy as peeling a banana, but the skin on the body came off with almost no effort and minimal cutting.  Even I’ve the bones of the legs and spine, the air lifted the skin pretty thoroughly and easily, with minimal cutting.  

I used my electric hoist, and lowered the deer to where I could stand on the excess skin, then raised the deer with the hoist and let Capital Electric do the work, though the skin came off so easy there was minimal wok to it.

This worked well, BUT it was a really freshly killed deer,still a bit warm and not stiff and cold and stuck together like it would be having hung overnight.  

I’d sure use this method again if I had access to a compressor at deer camp like at home and a way to levitate the deer, preferably a hoist.  No damage or cut marks on any meat, fast, and kind of novel.  I’ve field dressed and seen skinned probably hundreds of animals and thought I’d seen every method, but I guess this goes to show that you are never too old to learn something new. Even an old fart like me! 

 

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I should add that it’s not necessary to cut aa small hole each time you use the blow gun.  If yo run across an uninflated area, like under the limbs, just ram the tip-off 5he blow gun under the skin and squish it as airtight as you can and let fly. You can dissect the skin up ahead of you as you pull with your body weight and hoist, and use the blowgun with your other two arms.

Using air like this reminded me of a dissection technique I used to use in my pre retirement days in the OR, except we used water/ saline under pressure to lift structures off more delicate stuff.  We called it “ hydrodissection.” 

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This is great, thanks for your report bobkat!  Will you skin deer like this in the future?

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I’d use a compressor again to skin deer this way if I had a compressor handy, though probably will skin out many in the future  with the traditional way when I don’t have a compressor or electric hoist handy.  

I’d like to try this with a cold dead deer, the kind that has been hangin for a while and would need more actual cutting than just pulling to get the hide off.   The earlier you skin them the easier it is no matter how you do it.

Maybe I’ll get a chance to try it during gun season at our deer camp.  I have a small compressor out there and a hoist.  Will be interesting to try  it.

 

 

 

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I’d use a compressor again to skin deer this way if I had a compressor handy, though probably will skin out many in the future  with the traditional way when I don’t have a compressor or electric hoist handy.  

I’d like to try this with a cold dead deer, the kind that has been hangin for a while and would need more actual cutting than just pulling to get the hide off.   The earlier you skin them the easier it is no matter how you do it.

Maybe I’ll get a chance to try it during gun season at our deer camp.  I have a small compressor out there and a hoist.  Will be interesting to try  it.

 

 

 

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Take that same compressor nozzle and insert in a deers mouth, tightly sealed with duct tape, apply 110 psi and the guts come flying right out its Butt-Hole, fast and easy with no mess, unless your standing directly behind the deer!

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Reel-Deal wrote:

Take that same compressor nozzle and insert in a deers mouth, tightly sealed with duct tape, apply 110 psi and the guts come flying right out its Butt-Hole, fast and easy with no mess, unless your standing directly behind the deer!

Haha! That invokes the imagination...

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