How to Build a Deer Skinning Rack

How to Build a Deer Skinning Rack

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A deer skinning rack is something you'll probably only use a couple of times a year but it will be well worth the effort to build. The rack will make it easy to string a deer up to a height at which you can comfortably skin the carcass. With some lumber and a few tools, you'll have a skinning rack up in no time.

Items you will need

  • Two 10-foot weather-treated 4-by-4 posts

  • One 6-foot weather-treated 4-by-4 post

  • Drill with drill bit and screwdriver

  • Wood screws

  • Shovel

  • Post hole digger

  • Pulley with bolt attachment

  • Rope

  • Measuring tape

  • Tamping bar

  • Level

  • Wrench

  • Ladder

  • Gambrel

Step 1

Measure and mark the locations for the two holes that you'll dig. The holes should be six feet apart.

Step 2

Dig with a shovel and post hole digger two holes 24 inches deep. This should be an adequate depth to keep the posts securely in the ground.

Step 3

Place one 10-foot post in a hole. Use a level to ensure that the post is set square and perfectly vertical.

Step 4

Back-fill the hole with a shovel. Tamp the dirt down every couple of shovel fulls to ensure that the post is snug and stable.

Step 5

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for the second 10-foot post.

Step 6

Measure to find the center of the 6-foot post and drill a hole there. Then drill two holes in each end of the post.

Step 7

Place the bolt from the pulley through the center hole. Use a wrench to tighten the nut and secure it in place.

Step 8

Place the 6-foot post on the top of the 10-foot posts. Using the pre-drilled holes, secure the 6-foot post in place with wood screws and a drill.

Step 9

Run a rope through the pulley and attach a grambrel to the end of the rope. Tie the other end of the rope off on one of the upright posts.


  • Call 811 prior to digging to determine if there are any underground cables where you plan to dig your holes.
  • The 4-by-4 posts can be replaced by 2-by-4 boards. However the 4-by-4s make the skinning rack sturdier and will allow you to use it for such larger game as elk or for multiple deer.
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