I need a deer skinning knife

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Re: I need a deer skinning knife

Postby J_dazzle23 » Tue 19 Nov 2013 9:38 am

I learned how to skin a deer with a muela grizzly

http://www.armslist.com/posts/1785969/p ... ning-knife

Can't skin as well with any other knife. So smooth, I didnt nick the meat at all.
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Re: I need a deer skinning knife

Postby Paul » Tue 19 Nov 2013 12:18 pm

I'm with Joe. Any old pocketknife will do if you do it right.
A bone saw is super helpful. A gut hook is nice.
I bought one of these for both the saw and gut hook:
http://www.browning.com/products/catalo ... 22&tid=926
Combined with any knife, skinning isn't a big deal. Keep a knife sharpener handy. But really skinning is more about how you start and then simply pull the hide of the animal.
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Re: I need a deer skinning knife

Postby muddy » Wed 20 Nov 2013 7:42 am

My wife got me an ESEE 4 a couple years ago, last week was the first opportunity to give it a go. In 4 days the ESEE skinned, quartered and removed misc meat off 2 elk without a problem. The 4" is a little long so I might just have to pick up the ESEE 3".

I don’t gut anything anymore I just start skinning and quartering so I can leave the nasty hide, head and most of the bones in the woods. About the only reason to have a saw is to remove the head or cut the antlers off the skull as lower legs are easy to remove with a knife and a little pressure. A saw is nice to open up the rib cage of an Elk to make getting the heart easier, on deer I can usually pop the ribs loose with my knife.

One deal I do with the gut less method is instead of fighting the guts trying to squeeze out the cut you make by the back bone to get the tenderloins I first open up the cavity once all the meat is removed to let the stomach spill out then make a big cut by the tenderloin and reach in and remove one then flip the sucker over and remove the other one. I found this to be fast, simple and I can see what I'm cutting and doing.
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Re: I need a deer skinning knife

Postby moyler » Wed 20 Nov 2013 8:25 pm

muddy wrote:My wife got me an ESEE 4 a couple years ago, last week was the first opportunity to give it a go. In 4 days the ESEE skinned, quartered and removed misc meat off 2 elk without a problem. The 4" is a little long so I might just have to pick up the ESEE 3".

I don’t gut anything anymore I just start skinning and quartering so I can leave the nasty hide, head and most of the bones in the woods. About the only reason to have a saw is to remove the head or cut the antlers off the skull as lower legs are easy to remove with a knife and a little pressure. A saw is nice to open up the rib cage of an Elk to make getting the heart easier, on deer I can usually pop the ribs loose with my knife.

One deal I do with the gut less method is instead of fighting the guts trying to squeeze out the cut you make by the back bone to get the tenderloins I first open up the cavity once all the meat is removed to let the stomach spill out then make a big cut by the tenderloin and reach in and remove one then flip the sucker over and remove the other one. I found this to be fast, simple and I can see what I'm cutting and doing.

ESEE makes great knives. I have a couple 3's and they are great 'do anything' blades.
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