posted by nk at 12:08 PM
Kind of a fussy way to do it, in my opinion. Not exactly how I teach it.SPQR
I engaged the guy on the video. He replied to me. I believe his reply is on top at YouTube. His point was the knife. Just as long as it was sharp.My father wanted to sell the hide. He would pierce through the hocks and hang the animal upside down. He would cut around the hooves and then slice across the groin and then peel out the hide, carefully, inside out, like a glove.Is that how you do it?
I do think that people carry too large a knife for field dressing, especially for deer. I use a 3 1/4" long drop point fixed blade knife. And that's what I teach my hunter safety students works well.I don't sell hides so I don't concern myself much. But I like to pretend I'm going to tan them ...I run a cut from sternum down to the pelvic region and pick up the abdominal wall at the same time (which the gun in the video does in two steps). Then saw up the sternum, cut the lungs / diaphragm loose and dump out the entrails.The hide does come off later, in camp. I run a cut up in the inside of each leg and pull off the hide from there.A trick I've used is to put a baseball in the hide, tie a loop with a good line over it and attach it to a truck hitch to pull off the hide with less work. For an elk, we now don't even gut 'em out. We roll em on one side, skin off the hide, roll over the other side over the loose hide and skin off the other side. Then we cut through the main hip/shoulder joints to pull off each leg as a quarter. Cut off the rib meat and reach in under to the tenderloins and off we go. Less mess for an elk.SPQR
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