Has anyone boned out an animal without first gutting it? Had to do that with the bull elk I shot a couple of years ago. It died in the middle of a quarter acre chokecherry patch on a 30 percent grade. It wasn't even on the ground but was lying on the chokecherries. There was absolutely no way we (there were 4 of us) could even begin to drag it to a better place. Hell, there wasn't a better place within 300 yards. Took awhile but we ended up with nothing on the ground (so to speak) but the spine, rib cage, leg bones and the guts still in the body cavity. If I get lucky with my cow tag I'll try it again this year - hopefully on something approaching level ground. Would be interesting to here other experiences.