Very interesting way of field dressing Serious Hunter! One thing for others to remember though is that not all states allow you to cut up a big game animal before you register it. Some go so far as to to say it must be fully intact, minus the innards. Be sure of your game laws!
I anxiously await your article. I've boned out deer and elk after gutting and skinning (using the laid out hide to keep flesh off the ground). I'd heard of guys boning out without gutting, but never had it described to me - thanks.
A few questions: 1) Can you better describe how you get the tenderloins (sirloins?) out from under the spine with your gutless method? I find it a little difficult to get these out neatly, even with the cavity opened up. 2) Do you/can you get to the flank steaks (?... the ~ 1 - 2 inch thick flesh alongside the belly - good for fajitas when pounded, well marinated and sliced thinly across grain) without gutting?
Don't assume that when fall comes, or hunting season, that the big bucks, and big bulls leave. Whitetail deer bucks especially, simply hide. And they hide very well. Mule deer bucks may leave a little. Bull elk may leave, but don't assume they do. Don't assume any of them do. I mean - where would they leave to? (Just another place where, for the most part, they would be hunted.) These big animals have the ability to hide in very small, very obscure places. So, embrace the fact (...