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The Golf Ball Method: How to Skin a Deer in Less Than Five Minutes

by Ben OBrien   |  June 20th, 2014 8


(Illustrations by Mike O’Brien)

There are a lot of ways to skin a deer. Other than the presence of a knife, no two ways are alike.

But nowadays deer hunters are busy. We don’t have time for the agonizingly slow process of hanging a deer with gambrels and peeling off the skin, slice by slice.

The need to quicken the pace of our skinning parties long ago gave birth to “the golf ball method,” a tried-and-true piece of redneck lore that will be passed down through generations.

It’s a trick every deer hunter must have up his or her sleeve. Here’s how to skin a deer with a golf ball.

  • Kevin

    I can’t read this shit on my iPhone because of the annoying advertisement that won’t go away. If I click the X button it just redirects me to the ad. I understand the need for ads, but there’s no need for them to be this annoying. Make your articles easy and enjoyable to read, because now I’m not even reading it.

  • Al Quackenbush

    Interesting how the illustrations look almost identical to a YouTube video showing the same thing. No credit to them?

  • Buck Master

    I like to shoot them in the neck, so……

  • raazorblade4

    Big deal, we were doing that in Florida 40 years ago. This is a rehash of an ancient method.

  • wapitihunter

    Never used a golf ball. I have used a rock for years. It works.

  • Eric

    My uncle always did this with our rope swing and a rock when we were kids, my family was way to redneck to have any golf balls laying around

  • John

    Wow. Some poor etiquette in the comments. I understand Kevin about the ad issue though. Otherwise, just because you’ve known about this for the last 80 years of your life or have seen it elsewhere, some of us have never seen or used this technique. I, on the other hand, am thankful for the article being posted and will try this out on my next deer.

    • Zebulon Ramcharan

      I hear ya… Some of us are city slickers and never thought about this sort of stuff. If you know about it stop beating your chest it makes you look like an ape not a man

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