Meatgistics University: Deer Processing at Home

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    Meatgistics University: Deer Processing at Home

    Attend this entry level class from Meatgistics University by watching the video, reading the article and post any questions you have!

    Hang you deer
    Remove the rib muscles
    Processing Back Straps

    At Meatgistics we know that there are a lot of first-time deer processors this year. Whether that is by choice or because you cannot find a meat locker that is willing to take it this year really doesn’t matter. You’ve got your deer gutted, you have let it hang overnight and you’ve skinned. What comes next? Well, we had Kurt Ratslaff from Back Country Hunter’s & Anglers(BHA) come in and show us how he does it. BHA is a top-notch organization that specializes in doing the “dirty” work of conservation, cleaning things up themselves! Check them out at

    List of recommended supplies:

    1. Deer Lopper (for legs and neck)
    2. Lamb Skinning Knife
    3. Gambrel
    4. Boning Knives
    5. Meat Lugs


    1. If at all possible find a place to hang your deer from.
    2. Locate the back strap, they are long muscles running along the spine. Right next to and below that are the ribs, alongside the ribs is a good number of smaller muscles that can easily be cut off and set aside for grinding.
    3. Once you have removed that muscle swing the carcass so the animal’s chest is pointed to you. Grab a hold of the leg and locate the seem in between the chest and leg. Begin slicing away the connective tissue in that crease. The connective tissue and muscle is the only thing keeping these together, you do not need to cut through any joint to separate it. Make sure you have a place to store this and be careful not to drop it!
    4. For beginning home processors we would recommend that you salvage the Backstrap and set aside, there are plenty of amazing ways to prepare backstrap. All other cuts can be ground up to make snack sticks or summer sausage but take out your backstraps and do we did with Our Venison Backstrap, trust us, it is worth it.
    5. You are doing this to get as much meat as you can, spend some time removing the smaller cuts that can be ground up later. Slide your knife along the rib bones and just separate small amounts as you go.
    6. Move down and continue removing the meat from the neck
    7. Repeat the process on the opposite side.
    8. Pay special attention to trimming the wound area to get all the clotted blood cut out.
    9. Beginning around the hamstring continue to separate muscles by finding creases between them and using your knife to cut the connective tissue, right now you should really just be separating, you don’t want to cut through muscles here. Work your way around to the base of the spine and then up around the hip bone.
    10. Take the muscle that has been separated and flip it up over the legs. Then follow the lines of the bone up the leg towards the hip and remove the large muscle from the hamstring to the hip.
    11. The football roast is Kurt’s favorite part and he wouldn’t grind this either. It is a simple muscle to remove, it is on the front of the leg and runs from the knee to the hip.
    12. Continue cutting off small pieces that can be ground up and used for some sort of venison sausage.
    13. Don’t forget the tenderloins

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  • Team Orange Power User Masterbuilt

    As Kurt said, a little different technique, but the end result is pretty much the same.

    Nicely done.

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