field dress kit? any good?

Discussion in 'Hunting Gear (General)' started by bigredhusker, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. bigredhusker

    bigredhusker Member

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    Jan 25, 2006
    Liberty Missouri
  2. Hayzer

    Hayzer New Member

    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.
     

  3. Cburrows_tx

    Cburrows_tx New Member

    Nov 24, 2004
    Lamar Co. Texas
    I just use the ol' pocket knife as well. I do have a ful set of knives and things of that sort in the butcher shop. But as far as in the field I love my Kershaw!
     
  4. bassbuster83

    bassbuster83 Member

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    Nov 5, 2005
    IMPERIAL
    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.
     
  5. Whitemarsh

    Whitemarsh New Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    Greene Co.
    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.
     
  6. Vector

    Vector VECtor Custom Calls

    Feb 11, 2003
    N/C MO
    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.

    Parker
     
  7. Chase635

    Chase635 New Member

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    Feb 16, 2005
    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
     
  8. huntforfunnfood

    huntforfunnfood New Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    new bloomfield mo
    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.
     
  9. beanpile

    beanpile just a no body

    a good sturdy /sharp fixed blade knife..is all iever have used
     
  10. igor

    igor Active Member

    Mar 8, 2006
    I agree with beanpile a good shrarp knife is all you need.
     
  11. Mark Twain

    Mark Twain New Member

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    Jul 15, 2003
    St. Charles
    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.
     
  12. kbaknife

    kbaknife New Member

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    Dec 16, 2005
    I'll bet you know my opinion!
     
  13. Hoytshooter

    Hoytshooter Active Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Small Buck, MO
    I'm with most everyone else, just have a good knife that will do the job and save your money for other things.
     
  14. hunter7x

    hunter7x New Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    Indiana
    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 ?
     
  15. Hoytshooter

    Hoytshooter Active Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Small Buck, MO
    I never split the pelvis either, not until I start butchering
     
  16. Hannibal

    Hannibal Senior Member

    Dec 30, 2004
    Greene county
    i have a gerber gator and a fixed blade buck skiner, i use whichever one i grab first.....leave the bone alone......the pelvis bone.......on the deer ....:roll2:
     
  17. bigredhusker

    bigredhusker Member

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    Jan 25, 2006
    Liberty Missouri
    took your advise.. bought the buck 110 knife.. thanks everyone :0
     
  18. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    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.
     
  19. BIG OL AL

    BIG OL AL New Member

    Oct 1, 2003
    High Ridge MO
    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.
     
  20. WhiteTailer

    WhiteTailer Active Member

    Apr 20, 2005
    Centralia
    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.