Video:Gutless Field Dressing (Possibly NSFW) With The Havalon Piranta

This video isn’t quite “Faces Of Death” but it’s not for the squeamish. The method of field-dressing big game shown here definitely thinks outside the box. Instead of leaving the carcass largely intact but emptied, Casey Levere leaves the guts untouched (and hopefully un-punctured) while stripping the edible cuts of meat from the outside of the carcass.

Image: Havalon.com

He uses a Havalon Piranta replaceable-blade skinning knife for this large-scale butchering job, and it seems to do it well. Havalon knives are basically folding surgical scalpels, with replaceable blades you’ll never have to sharpen if you don’t want to.

Tyler Kee posted a good deer-cleaning video on TTAG last year, although rumor had it that the smell of deer innards was enough to make some of the senior editorial staff toss their cookies all over the Texas scrubland. (And Han Solo thought they smelled bad on the outside.) Anything that keeps those guts on the inside sounds like a potentially good thing, and Casey’s ‘gutless’ method looks like it might be worth a try. I’ll have to wait until 2014 to try it, since my vacation time is otherwise spoken for this fall.

 

comments

  1. Out_Fang_Thief says:

    I like the method but, I can’t understand his choice of knife.
    If you don’t want to risk puncturing bladder or bowels, why
    use a knife that can puncture through the bladder or bowels?
    Sharp is good, sure, but why not just use the curved skinning
    blade down there and minimize the chance of an unwanted
    puncture? I guess if you’ve done this a few times it doesn’t
    cause any worry. From strictly an environmental perspective,
    it does leave the unused carcass for the scavengers to feed on.
    Throw a bone, as it were, to the environmental complainers.

  2. Stewart says:

    I conveniently field dressed, skinned and jointed a fallow deer with my havalon piranta, used 2 different blade types to do it, (60xt for field dressing, 22xt for skinning). This was the first deer I have done my self, and the knife never came anywhere close to puncturing innards. Highly recommend them, they are a steal for the price.

  3. Blehtastic says:

    That was far less gross than I expected. Maybe I’m ready to go hunting. But, when he was doing the back quarter all I could think was “You’re going to nick some nasty! Just gut it!”

    It’s not so different from cutting up a turkey or chicken.

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Video:Gutless Field Dressing (Possibly NSFW) With The Havalon Piranta

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