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Pulley and gambrel

pulley and gambrel system being used to hold up young buck

This morning I woke up to the sound of gunfire.

Anna shot a small buck just past our blueberry bushes. That's 5 for her to my 1.

We spent the morning butchering which was easier than times in the past thanks to a new pulley and gambrel system. Thank you Mom and Jayne.

It took a few minutes to figure out but really made raising and lowering easy.

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Yay, venison!

Nice shooting, Anna. :-)

Comment by Jake Sun Nov 22 00:36:42 2015
Cut a slit in the leg just behind the knee, being careful to not sever the tendon. Slide the gambrel through each slit.
Comment by Bob Sun Nov 22 16:06:11 2015

Jake --- Thank you! :-)

Bob --- I appreciate you saying that. I had a feeling we were using it wrong when I stuffed the feet in the little holes. It worked this time, but I can see how they could have slipped out. Your method sounds much safer and more effective.

Comment by anna Sun Nov 22 19:20:36 2015

The other poster was correct about going between knees and tendon (just poke a small slit through the skin).

But not just for security, it also opens the cavity so it is easier to clean and butcher...

BTW, I love what you are doing... I binge read your entire blog a couple of months ago and read it every day...

Comment by Don in NoVA Mon Nov 23 09:57:55 2015

One very unique homestead, $1,500 per acre, the opportunity of a lifetime