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 are times when the deer are simply not moving and you're forced to make something happen. Maybe you're up against a full moon or hot weather. This is when a silent drive to force deer to move should be considered.
By silent drive, you're not yelling and making a commotion to scare the deer. When deer are panicked, they're liable to bust out of the cover on a dead run, and any shot you get will be tough to make.
A silent drive is different. It means playing the wind to carry the driver's...