what are the pros or cons? is this method better suited for 2 people? it just seems to me that the faster you knock the guts out the faster the meat will cool, particularily if you are a lone hunter.
without deboning, can it be done in an hour or less for 1 guy? the reason i ask is because i gutted, skinned, quartered and bagged my cow last season in about an hour.I can't think of a disadvantage to using the gutless method. Getting the hide off and the meat off the bone will cool it faster than anything else. Once you get the hang of it, it doesn't take that long to complete the job. Having two people makes it easier and a little faster, but one guy can skin, bone and bag an Elk in 75 to 90 minutes. If it's a critter you want to cape, you'll have to take a little more time.
you bring up a point here i want to explore a little if i may. you mention doing things the way they've always been done. my question to that is how long has the gutless method been being used? i never heard of going gutless until maybe a year ago or a little longer.I started the gutless way about 5 yrs ago. Works great on elk, deer, muleys and pigs. I really can't see any reason not too. some people just keep on doing tings the way they have always been done....
and did anyone mention a whole lot less messy?....lol
up until this animal we had always taken our deer to the shop (about 45 minutes from where we hunt deer) and hung them and skinned.THIS IS FAST!
either way, i am slow as a dry turd.
after seeing that video i think i'll have to give it a try next season when i get him on the ground.After 40 years of big game hunting, I did the gutless thing last year on a bull elk for the first time.WOW! I really dont believe it is any more time consuming than gutting,skinning, quartering + as mentioned above, is alot more sanitary.That was the cleanest, best meat I've ever brought off the mountain.And the biggest benefit to the gutless method is that your not packing all the extra weight of the scrap/bones & fat.I dont see any reason to ever do it the old fashioned way again. Bone it, bag it & hang it & it will cool down real fast.We left the leg bones in just to keep the four legs firmer to handle because without the bone, it is kinda floppy to cary unless you have quality pack frames.Cant believe it took me this long to try it!