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Well you're gonna get a lot of opinions on this topic. That's what's good about this site, that and the fact that a lot of the information you receive is actually useful.

I don't have a field dressing kit, I have a pocket knife. My .02 cents will tell ya to save your money for guns and ammo. If you're gonna want to clean the whole animal yourself, you will need more than a pocket knife.
 

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i have one of the gerber kits and its does the job. very nice to have and compact thats a bonus , i never used the gut hook blade though, but the tree saw bone saw and knife has been through alot,and its holding up. I say its worth the money get you one and you ll like it.
 

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I agree with Hayser and Cfraz. I use a sharp hunting knife or a sharp pocket knife with a locking blade for field dressing. When I have sawn the ribcage or the pelvis I usually also cut the offal or cut myself on the sharp bone. Usually I wait until I get to the barn and hoist the deer before I get out the butcher knives and saw.
 

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You NEED one of these saws for the pelvis bone. Its the easiest way if you want to cut it. Other than that, a fixed blade knife with a good spine and you'll be set. I filet out my turkeys with a filet knife, and I use a filet knife to de-bone my deer. If you want a GOOD filet knife for animal type cutting (not smaller fish cause these things have a tough spine), get a Cold Steel mid-sized filet knife.

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I had one of them gerber kits and it really sucked, just get a good sharp folding/fixed knife and your good, I never had split the pelvis bone on any deer i have cleaned
 

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i agree with parker if you plan to cut the pelvic bone those saws are the bomb
i got one from my good buddy MU after he got sick of me packing around my old hatchet and i was sceptical at frist but i can dress three deer in the time it used to take me to do one and trust me even with the hatahet it never took me long.

i that small pevlic saw and a fixed blade about 5 inches thats all i carry in the feild.
 

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I've never seen the need to split a pelvis on a deer sized animal. The couple of times I've seen it done, all it does is turn one animal into two making the drag and handling more cumbersome.

I keep a "kit" in my pack when bow and gun hunting that's really simple. I put my razor sharp Buck 110, two pairs of latex gloves, a hand towel, and an 2 extra 1 gallon zip lock bags for holding the heart and liver in another ziplock bag. They compact nicely to fit in my pack and stay dry. The Buck knife is fine for bunnies and squirrels too. For quail and squirrels, I have a small Schrade pocket knife that works fine. My buddies that hunt out west for elk and up in Canada for moose like the Wyoming knifes and small saws, but they all like small towels and gloves. Makes the cleanup a lot easier. For water use a nearby creek or your canteen.
 

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I'm with most everyone else, just have a good knife that will do the job and save your money for other things.
 

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I used to have a good pocket knife....


But I don't split the pelvis when field dressing either. Seen it done once, I wasn't kidding about that knife being sharp was I shortmag ?
 

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I never split the pelvis either, not until I start butchering
 

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What ever Buck knife you buy it will be a good one. This is the one I carry while deer hunting and also use it to do 80% of the butchering. I think it is called The Zipper.
 

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Here is my 2 cents......
I used to cut the pelvis bone, but went through to many knives and it was messy. I have a pocket knife that is 9 or 10 inches long. It has a skinny blade and the 9 inch blade allows me to cut around the inside of the pelvis allowing me to pull out the poop chute from the inside and drop all the guts out along with the pooper chute. I have another knife that I use when cutting down the belly. It is a 4" bladed pocket knife. Both knives together make the job fairly easy.
I also have a Gerber saw, but found it hard to cut through the pelvis without cutting up other internal organs and making a mess. And looking at the saw that parker posted, you would be cutting right in the pooper chute the way the picture shows how the saw is being used. Sure it will go through bone but it's gonna rip and pull everything else around the bone causing the internals to spew on the meat.
 

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i cut the pelvic bone, and have every year and every deer, i use a Browning 3 Blade knife, its got a saw, skinning blad and regular blade with a hook.

i guess its all a matter of preference, but i have never had any problems with anything getting on the meat.
 
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