How To Skin A Deer With An Air Compressor

How to Skin A Deer With An Air Compressor by Quincy Compressor
How to Skin A Deer With An Air Compressor by Quincy Compressor

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Hang Your Deer

You start out the same way you would normally skin a deer. There are different thoughts about if it’s better to hang the deer head up or head down, but we’ve found that when you’re using an air compressor it doesn’t make a difference.

Pick whichever way you’d like or are used to and hang the deer at a level where you can easily reach the whole critter.

Cut A Hole

Once your deer is hanging securely, it’s time to make the first cut. Use a knife to cut a small hole in the skin that covers the deer’s thigh. This hole should be just big enough to fit the nozzle of the air compressor.

Ideally you want to make it so that no air can get out once you have the nozzle in.

If you find that you’ve made the hole too big you can put a piece of cloth or tape around the nozzle so it fits.

Insert Nozzle

Next, simply insert the nozzle from the air compressor into the hole you made in the deer’s thigh. If it doesn’t fit, either make the hole larger or use tape or cloth around the nozzle to make it air tight.

Turn On The Air

Now it’s time for the fun part. Turn on the air compressor and watch as the deer starts to puff up light a balloon!

What happens is that the force of the air pushes under the skin and causes it to push itself off of the meat. The air separates the skin cleanly and neatly without causing any meat to go to waste.

How to Skin A Deer With An Air Compressor by Quincy Compressor
How to Skin A Deer With An Air Compressor by Quincy Compressor

Repeat As Needed

Usually this works very well, but every once in a while there will there will be parts that are still stuck. If that happens, simply cut another whole near that spot and repeat the previous steps. After doing this a couple times you’ll have the skin completely separated from the rest of the deer.

Skin The Deer

Last, all you have to do is cut the skin along the deer’s back legs and then start to peel. The skin should be very loose from the air. Start at the top and peel the skin downward. Use a knife to cut through any spots that still might be stuck.

Then just like that, you’re done! You’ll have a perfectly skinned dear without any wasted meat. Happy Hunting!

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  • 9 thoughts on “How To Skin A Deer With An Air Compressor

    1. I always field dress it before I leave the woods mainly because it is usually warm and I want the deer to cool down as soon as I possibly can I believe it would be beneficial to dress it before so it might limit a horrible mess if anything were to go wrong just my opinion

    2. Will the tallow stay attached to the skin, or to the meat? If it doesn’t come off with the skin, you’re actually making the job harder, and longer.

    3. Most of the beltless compressors are oil less today. But if the air hose was ever used by a compressor with oil I would worry too.

    4. I’ve always used a rock or a golf ball with the deer hanging by the back legs get the skinning started around the legs almost to the hips you only need enough skin to wrap the ball then tie a rope tightly around the ball and hide and pull with your truck or quad it will peel off just like a rabbit be warned however if the spine is damaged it will pull in two I spent hours cleaning dirt off one so that’s why I know

    5. Skate pull hooks have worked just fine especially on moose that have really thick hides , use the knife to make the initial cut and pull down ,Hide comes off , occassional cuts with a knife may be needed but if you are using the knife on the whole hide your doing it wrong.

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