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?
There it sits. Alone and forgotten in a desk drawer or maybe in the bottom of your hunting pack. The lowly compass. Primarily initially replaced by the hand held GPS and now even by the new “smart” cell phones that include GPS, electronic compass – even real time imaging on aerial maps! Once the friend of every hunter and now the companion of few. It is not glamorous or glitzy, that is for sure… no bells and no whistles. Aaaaah, but let’s not rush to forget our...