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It usually doesn’t take more than a few seconds after pulling the trigger on a successful hunt for someone to state the obvious: “Now the work begins!” While there can be months of hard work leading up to a hunt, it’s often the time directly after the shot that turns out to be the most difficult. The tasks of processing and packing are what typically lodge in our memory as being the most challenging aspects of the hunt—especially if we aren’t prepared.
Time can be a precious commodity—particularly during the early parts of the season—when it comes to field dressing a big game animal. The steps of gutting, skinning, quartering, and deboning can be quite daunting, especially on larger animals like elk. This process can literally take several hours for a single hunter. Being efficient at this task can ensure your hunt—and your meat—doesn’t get spoiled.
Over the last few years, the field dressing process known as the Gutless Method has become increasingly popular. There are two primary reasons for its popularity: one, it saves time, and two, it saves a mess. The Gutless Method allows a hunter to completely break down an animal without ever opening the body cavity. This can save 10-15 minutes (or more), as well as keep the fresh meat from being exposed to the internal organs (i.e., guts). Using this method, every scrap of edible meat is still obtained from the animal.
Here is a quick breakdown of the Gutless Method:
1. Get the hide off. With the animal lying on its side, skin the hide off the entire exposed side from the knees to the backbone. This leaves the neck, front shoulder, ribs, hind quarter, and backstrap exposed. NOTE: If you are planning on a shoulder mount, you’ll need to adjust your skinning process to accommodate those needs.
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