First post. Been hunting for a few years now, and haven't been successful yet. But I was close last year, so I've been trying to get down how to field dress a deer. I've read all the articles and checked out the diagrams, pictures, flow charts, etc. and I'm starting to feel the paralysis from analysis!
Can I sum up a basic understanding, and you all tell me if I'm missing or misunderstanding anything?
1- first cut from (around)genital area up to sternum. Just cut hide. Don't cut insides.
2- cut around anus and tie off (to prevent leakage).
3- cut up paunch, and take out insides (bladder(carefully), liver, heart, etc.)
4- reach up in rib area, cut diaphram and windpipe, and remove as much as possible.
5- prop open with stick, drag (w/ out getting dirt in cavity) out!
I know this is very simplistic, but I have a feeling that when I bag that first buck, I'm going to have trouble with the details, so I'm trying to make sure i've got the big things covered. Will this get it done? (I know some folks like to split the sternum, pelvis, etc, but I'm trying to follow the KISS principal).
Thanks everyone in advance.