Clean up crew at work


March 9, 2013, 12:26 PM
I always wondered what happens to the gut pile after field dressing, so I set up a trail cam on the pile from a big hog I got recently (see separate post). Pretty interesting to see the lineup of critters that come to dine over time. Interesting, not a single coyote.

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March 9, 2013, 02:33 PM
VERY interesting...(that sounder didn't want it too fresh, did they...?)

G'dale Mike
March 9, 2013, 02:37 PM
They had to wait til they forgot who it was!

March 9, 2013, 03:59 PM
Looked like Golden Eagles doing the most work on it

March 9, 2013, 04:02 PM
Very interesting indeed.

March 9, 2013, 07:51 PM
I can't believe it took so long for the pile to be taken care of. The buzzards down here would have everything but the hide gone in 3-6 hours.
I killed a deer, skinned it, gutted it, and cut the head off. The next day there was just some undigested corn and a cleaned up rib cage there. Coyotes had dragged the head off about 40 yards into an oak cluster to feed on it.

March 9, 2013, 08:44 PM
I shot a nice buck in a dry wash out in west Texas one afternoon. I gutted it there. Came back next morning to sit on that same rock and see what came along. A big bobcat came along to that gut pile and ate all the vitals I'd left. I watched him through my binocs for 10 minutes, then I think he sensed he was being watched, vanished like a ghost.

March 9, 2013, 09:36 PM
I shot a deer on a friend's place last year. Since I'd forgotten my shovel I asked if it was ok to come back the next day and bury the gut pile... they agreed. The next morning (about 12 hours since I'd left the pile), there was nothing but a greasy spot and paw prints. It seemed to have been coyotes according to the prints on the ground and the frequency of coyote sightings near by.

March 10, 2013, 12:03 PM
Bury the gut pile? Why?

March 10, 2013, 12:22 PM
I'm looking to buy a new trail camera. Please post the brand you used for that excellent video.

March 10, 2013, 12:26 PM
"Buzzards gotta eat, same as the worms"

March 10, 2013, 01:01 PM
Starter - I use Bushnell Trophy cams and have been really happy with them. Love the battery life and small form factor. I usually run 2 or 3 on the property.

Here's a pretty cool video of what's on the ranch now... talk about a population explosion! There are a bunch of other videos on my Youtube channel of various critters.

March 10, 2013, 01:37 PM
the frequent question here "What is good hog bait?"

March 10, 2013, 02:32 PM
the frequent question here "What is good hog bait?"

March 11, 2013, 09:33 AM
the last deer i shot, i left the gut pile next to the tree where i'd skinned her. after cleaning, i dragged the carcass into some brush. the next morning, about twelve hours later, the gut pile was completely gone, not even a fly still buzzing around. the vultures were still picking the bones.

a day or two later, the head was gone and the bones had been dragged about 15 feet farther than where i had left them.

now i wish i'd hung a trailcam over it!

March 11, 2013, 02:57 PM
Birds of prey - and opportunity.

Quite the buffet you left for the kingdom there.

March 12, 2013, 12:51 PM
Nice boar strolling up at 1:04....looks like he has some decent cutters on him.


March 12, 2013, 05:48 PM
Bury the gut pile? Why?

I would not leave a gut pile on someones property if they were kind enough to let me hunt it. At least if it was any where remotely close to where they live or work on their land.

The far side of a 500 plus acre ranch is a little different than a small plot of land, but dogs, kids and who knows what will find that pile.

Imagine if your dog came in your house after rolling in a gut pile, kinda nasty to think about.

March 13, 2013, 10:01 PM
Wonder how deep a guy would hafta bury it to prevent all those critters from diggin it up. Actually, I guess if it's just a small piece of property and that's what the owner wants done then so be it. Just kinda stuck me odd.

March 13, 2013, 10:38 PM
My dog used to come to the house after rolling in fresh cow patties. A gutpile would have been preferable. :rolleyes: Bury, it'll likely be dug up, especially if you have the hogs I have on My places. Rather feed the animals or have a hole to break a tractor axle in?

"Buzzards gotta eat, same as the worms"

I love that movie, my fave of all time. :D So many good lines.

March 13, 2013, 10:45 PM
BTW, I've trapped several hogs in the summer and didn't get there before they croaked and bloated. Pulled 'em out and left 'em for the vultures. Less than a week, nary a trace, just a few scattered bones!

I quit trapping in summer cause I couldn't get down there to check the trap every morning. Now, I'm living on a new place and can check the trap every morning here. :D

March 13, 2013, 11:06 PM
Shot a deer in muzzleloader season one year, back in Indiana on my land. Turned out, he had a knee all swollen up (probably got caught in a fence) and was emaciated in the extreme. I buried it about 2 feet deep in what was pretty soft sand thinking maybe I'd avoid the stench on my back 40. It was dug up and strewn all over in a 30yd circle within 2 days, and consumed just as well. (coyotes will find ANYTHING) Learned to never bury a carcass thinking it would prevent any rot. Yes, dogs love to roll in nice rotting flesh. :mad: The next time I had a gut pile I wanted to keep my stupid Lab out of, I poured lime pellets all over it. Worked pretty well.

March 14, 2013, 12:59 AM
My worst nightmare would be to fall out of a tree stand on that property, not be able to move, and see those 11 hungry boar come running!

March 16, 2013, 10:37 PM
Nature takes care of its own. NOthing is wasted. BTW those hogs on the second video are huge , they could be in the 250 lb plus range.

March 17, 2013, 07:13 PM
Nathan - check out the size of the sow at the beginning of this video. It's on top of a ridge they cross regularly. She looks like a swollen tick!

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