I haven’t field dressed one in years. But when I did I didn’t wear gloves. But I do wear gloves when in my building skinning one and also wear gloves at table cutting all the meat up. It’s just much easier to take them off and get a beer or do whatever
Dig in. Don’t worry about the blood on my clothes or shoes if it’s rifle season until it’s over. Last few years I’ve done the gutless method and deboned. Much easier to get out of these mountains. One or two I’ve saved the liver and heart so I gutted.
Usually wear some latex gloves while gutting or quartering. Also wear them while processing. The blood doesn’t concern me so much but the parasites that potentially live in it and/or on deer do. It’s just cleaner
For years and years I did done it bare handed (like a man) and would have it up to my elbows. Make the mess and everything I touch gets bloody. Few times my arms would kind of break out after washing off, don’t know why. Then Few years ago I started buying the 2.00 field dress gloves and I think it’s money well spent, just pull them off and your still clean and no stinch.
Same way with fish Used to bare hand now use disposable latex gloves when filleting fish, then my hands don’t stink for 2 days afterwards.
I'm very allergic to deer hair so I'm practically in a hazmat suit when I'm gutting or skinning one. I only deer hunt right around my house so I usually don't bother field dressing anyway. It's much easier to hang them up and let gravity do the work if possible. As soon as I'm done I jump in the shower and pop a few benadryls and I'm good. If I wasn't allergic I would definitely go in bare handed as long as it wasn't gut shot.