Field Dress a Deer in 60 Seconds

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Pretty Good Time with the Knife There, Fred.

A lot of work goes into finding, killing, and blood-trailing a deer. But the real work begins after the trigger is pulled, or so they say. But then you have Mr. Eichler here who can gut deer in less than 60 seconds. So it’s really only a lot of work if you don’t know what you’re doing. But that’s generally always the case, isn’t it?

Those who hunt public land, kill deer in very remote locations, or hunt under other similar circumstances can’t always drive the truck in, throw the deer in the bed of the truck, and go hoist up a kill with a tractor. No, some people have to do it the old-fashioned way. And there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, I might even prefer it that way.

For those who aspire to gut a deer in under 60 seconds, it takes just a few steps to make it happen. And yes, the video is two minutes long. But Mr. Eichler slowed down to show the step-by-step process. In short, it takes approximately 60 seconds of knife work once you get good at it.

1. Cut Around the Anus

No jokes. No puns. No me being my facetious self. Seriously. Just cut a circle around the butthole.

2. Make an Incision In the Stomach Between the Hind Legs

Make a small incision above the genital region (many states require proof of sex). Make sure not to puncture the intestines, or you’ll quickly live to regret it.

3. Make a Cut Up to the Sternum

Gently cut upward to the sternum. Use your offhand to guide the knife (as shown in the video) so as not to perforate the entrails. If not mounting the deer, I prefer to cut even higher. This makes the next step much easier.

4. Drag the Entrails Out

Once the deer is cut open, reach into the chest cavity and cut loose any connective tissues. Then, with both hands, carefully drag out all organs.

5. Trim Any Remaining Tissues

It’s likely some tissues will remain inside the chest cavity. Carefully take a knife and cut loose remaining tissues and remove them from the carcass.

Be Safe, People

Don’t make yourself bleed. Yeah, I reckon that covers the disclaimer.

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