rthomas4 wrote:What is the "field dressing" thing y'all mention? When I kill a deer, I either take it to the house or to the skinning shed down at the dog club. We have troughs, hoists, lights, electricity for the saw, and now the walk-in cooler is working again!!!!!!!! I've never "field dressed" anything in my life.........the joys of hunting private land, especially when the house is within 500 yards or less from all of my stands on my place. Even so, when I was a kid, we always dog hunted and had a skinning area on the club where every deer was taken and skinned, gutted, and cut up. Down here, people don't have a clue about field dressing.
If you are hunting that close, I guess you can gut your deer back home. Otherwise, the quicker you gut a deer, the better - the guts hold a lot of heat so removing them cools the deer that much quicker by directly removing heat and providing a lot more surface area to cool. In warm weather, I don't know if I would even want to eat a deer that sat with guts in tact for a whole day.
For small game, it is not so much an issue. Smaller animals cool fast, guts or no guts. In central WI, we never gutted in the field but waited til we got home when hunting squirrels or rabbits.
With regard to the OP - the friend needs to get past this, or find a different hobby. Nose plugs could help
- smells will often induce vomiting. Then, all that is left to get past is the sight - and that is just psychological.