I have always hung deer in the chill with the skin on, primarily to stop the venison darkening and drying out if there for a few days. It's what I was told to do when I started.
The estate chill temperature runs about 2.5-3, my mates chill sits about 4-5 and my small one at home is a drinks dispenser, and sits at about 4-5 as well.
I sell most of the deer shot to the gamedealer so it's not hanging for very long, couple of days at most. But the stuff I keep for myself is there for 10-12 days normally. I know it is a lot easier pulling the skins off warm but for the reasons already mentioned leave them on.
The question is, is it necessary to leave the skin on if left hanging for this period of time, and are there benefits in actually hanging them with the skin off?
Thanks in advance.
(I looked but could not find this subject already discussed)