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Folding Table for Cleaning Game?

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  1. stevehgraham

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    Now that I'm officially a hunter I have to clean game. Up until now, I have been cleaning squirrels in the kitchen. It has to stop. For one thing, I can't get all the guts out of the garbage disposal. Two days after cleaning a squirrel, it starts to stink, even if I run it with hot water pouring through it. And I think I put a shotgun pellet into the disposal, because it makes a funny new sound. Second thing: squirrels smell. It seems like the whole house smells just a tiny bit like squirrel crotch for a whole day after I clean one.

    I am wondering if I should invest in one of those folding plastic tables with a sink in it. Do they work, or is it a big Chinese disappointment?
     
  2. Art Eatman

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    Some things are best done outdoors or else in the garage. :D
     
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  3. FL-NC

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    Do it outside! Think about it- What's the plan if you kill a deer or a turkey?
     
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  4. Patocazador

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    If you have a space outdoors where 2 trees are close together, you can secure a 2x4 between them and put up a piece of plywood with a 2x4 frame and vertical front legs. If you want to get fancy, find an old sink out of a travel trailer and put it in a cut-out in the plywood, hook a garden hose to the bottom and you've got a game & fish cleaning space.
     
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  5. bearleft

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    We have one for outside deboning, then the meat goes in the house for vacuum packaging. I always wash it with Dawn and wipe it down with bleach when i'm done. Nobody likes bubble gut ;)
     
  6. chas08

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    I have one of those, my wife bought it for me years ago for an anniversary present. I actually find it very useful. I added a 24x30 Teflon cutting board that I can lay across the top when I want more flat space. It is also taller than a standard table. Which makes it easy on the back while cleaning fish or game.
     
  7. Panfisher

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    Isn't that what pick up tailgates are for? I have used basic folding plastic tables for cleaning of feral hogs before. Height is very important if too low I will be aching in my back before long.
     
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  8. LoonWulf

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    I generally use a folding table right next to the hose to process the meat. More often than not i do the actually skinning and quartering on the ground. Ill probably build some kind of hanger at some point, but right now i only get an animal every month or so, and the grounds free.
     
  9. buck460XVR

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    ^^^This is the reason I clean my squirrels,rabbits grouse, woodcock and pheasants in the field before I come home. Wild Turkey, I just filet the breasts out and put the rest of the bird in the freezer until garbage day. Same when I clean fish. I don't put the entrails, skin and carcass in the garbage or down the disposal, I put them in a bag and put them in the freezer until garbage day. That way they stay frozen and smell-less, until the garbage guy throws them in the truck. Some things you just figure out after a while.

    I still process my deer on the kitchen table tho, after dressing them in the field and skinning them in the garage.
     
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  10. Bfh_auto

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    I use cardboard on the tailgate and a plastic bag for the guts. I rinse everything then soak in ice water over night.
     
  11. stevehgraham

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    I just want to know if the plastic tables are sturdy and useful.
     
  12. Shanghai McCoy

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    I just use those plastic fold in half ones that you can buy at Home Depot. They are plenty sturdy and clean up easy.
     
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    Sorry for being off off topic with my answer earlier.
    Just use a garden hose instead of a sink. The sprayer nozzle will get hair off more easily than trying to rinse in a sink. A folding table like Shanghai mccoy suggested would work.
     
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  14. stevehgraham

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    I have one of those tables. I use it for shooting. Maybe it's the way to go.
     
  15. Choctaw

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    I can't imagine what my wife would say if she came home and caught be cleaning squirrels in the kitchen. Oh, but the look on her face would be priceless.
     
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    Yeah, but it might be the last look on her face that you see... :eek:
    ;)
     
  17. red rick

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    I use one of those plastic tables in the house when it is really cold outside when I am processing deer meat after it has been skinned , outside of coarse . I think the one I have is a Lifetime 36x36 , with the folding legs and it is plenty sturdy enough .
     
  18. Choctaw

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    Without a doubt.
     
  19. sage5907

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    For cleaning game I build a table out of 2 x 4 lumber where the table is about 36 inches tall with a top that is about 24 inches by 28 inches and covered with 1/2 inch plywood. Select a height that is comfortable to work on so you don't have to bend over. The secret to this is to use a 30 gallon trash bag over the top, fold the bag underneath the table on the long ends of the bag, and staple the bag on all four corners. This way when you get through cleaning the game or fish you can throw the bag in the trash and you have a clean table top again. I just yank the dirty bag off and don't even pull the staples because they are underneath. Doesn't make any difference if the table sets outside all year.
     
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