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Need some new field care tools
« on: September 24, 2016, 01:51:15 PM »
This last kill told me that I need two things. I need a good packable bone saw, and a better skinning knife. I currently have the Outdoor Edge Swing blade with a small saw. Any recommendations????

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2016, 09:01:40 PM »
What are you using the saw for?

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2016, 10:11:55 PM »
I really love the Wyoming saw.  They are VERY nice!


As far as skinning I just carry two sharp buck knives.

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2016, 11:28:07 AM »
I have a simple folding saw for  cutting off at the knees, but I leave it at the truck til its needed. I dont use anything fancy. Seems like mine was ~$10 at Harbor Freight. Maybe less.

first pack out carries the tenders, heart and strap.

return trip (with saw.....) gets the legs.  

I hope to be using that saw soon....  :)

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2016, 12:23:07 PM »
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I really love the Wyoming saw.  They are VERY nice!


As far as skinning I just carry two sharp buck knives.


Hard to beat the Wyoming saw. If you take off the big leather holster they are actually pretty light.  That being said, no reason to carry a saw into the woods for me.  If you do it right you can use a small knife to remove the knees on both the front and back and the head. The last 2  years I\'ve used only a havalon. Last year I got through a whole elk and deer with 1 blade.  This year I snapped a blade removing the head from the body so it took 2 blades.  If you want to take off the skull cap in the woods it\'s hard to beat the Wyoming saw.

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2016, 02:01:16 PM »
I never use a saw.  I know many prefer to just saw off the head or saw off the lower legs.  I prefer to just break them down with a knife at the joints.

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2016, 05:51:49 AM »
I never use a saw, either, unless it is to remove a skull cap. I have a Wyoming saw, but it is super heavy for carrying around in a day pack.

I do usually carry a very light Gerber pack saw, though. It has both bone and wood blades, and is very lightweight. I use this mainly for the WOOD cutting function ... trimming shooting lanes, or cutting branches to hang quarters, or cutting limbs around a downed animal to make processing easier.

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2016, 06:21:42 AM »
This saw stays in my meat pack, along with extra game bags and rope

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/tools ... aQodbGgGhg

Totally awesome piece of gear - blows thru trees and bone like butter.
I used it to saw thru my AK moose legs, neck and bone

And of course my Cutco knife that I have had for 15 years


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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2016, 08:25:19 AM »
I just use my knife to cut the leg joints. I use one knife now. Light and SHARP!

Havalon Piranta Edge.........

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2016, 12:58:17 PM »
Thanks for the info guys! I know ill get some crazy looks when I say this but, I am just not that good at breaking down an elk. I know you can use a knife to cut away the connective tissue on the ball joint to remove the hind quarters. But until I get good at it, id like the option to just cut through it with a saw. I have seen a lot of people mention the Wyoming bone saw. As mentioned by some I really do not see myself carrying a bone saw in my pack, but it can hang out in the truck with my pack frames for when I need it. As for the skinning knife, I carry an outdoor edge swing blade as well as a buck knife which work fine. I was just impressed with what I saw at the processor. I had one shoulder that still had some hide on it and that guy took it off in 10 seconds. It looked like a Kershaw filet knife. Just wondering if anyone carries anything like that. Thanks again for the info guys.

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2016, 01:49:43 PM »
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Thanks for the info guys! I know ill get some crazy looks when I say this but, I am just not that good at breaking down an elk. I know you can use a knife to cut away the connective tissue on the ball joint to remove the hind quarters. But until I get good at it, id like the option to just cut through it with a saw. I have seen a lot of people mention the Wyoming bone saw. As mentioned by some I really do not see myself carrying a bone saw in my pack, but it can hang out in the truck with my pack frames for when I need it. As for the skinning knife, I carry an outdoor edge swing blade as well as a buck knife which work fine. I was just impressed with what I saw at the processor. I had one shoulder that still had some hide on it and that guy took it off in 10 seconds. It looked like a Kershaw filet knife. Just wondering if anyone carries anything like that. Thanks again for the info guys.


Aaron,

I can understand your situation.  I realize breaking down an animal is different for all of us.  I am from the east and I couldn\'t tell you how many whitetails I have handled.  So much that it is really just second nature.  An elk is just a big, REALLY BIG, deer but I can definitely see how it can be a hassle to try to remove the legs at the joint.  I have a Gerber folding saw with exchangeable blades.  One for bone and one for wood.  Mine is now pretty much exclusive for wood as I had to repair it with a bolt and a lock nut but it really is a fairly inexpensive saw and it works great.  It definitely is something that is not too heavy but works well.  It is something I wouldn\'t hesitate to keep in a pack.

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2016, 02:19:25 PM »
There are a bunch of YouTube videos.  Search gutless method and watch away!  I learned a ton watching the videos.

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2016, 08:35:02 PM »
Used to have the same Cutco as Brad...broke the tip a couple years back.  They replace it with a serrated blade now, which I found to be pretty much useless.  Most of my work is done with a small Browning folding knife with a Guthook.  This includes disjointing the legs both at the ball and socket, and down at the hock.

My hunting partner Kenny had a Havalon Piranta that he used for the fine work on the Capes this Year on both our bulls...pretty hard to beat them for that kind of stuff.

I have a small, light Gerber Packsaw for the skull plate.  Probably the toughest job there is on the whole elk...wears me out!  A hatchet is the quick way to remove the skull plate...but I\'m not carrying that kind of weight around.

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2016, 08:17:14 AM »
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They replace it with a serrated blade now, which I found to be pretty much useless.  
My dad has the same serrated knife and yes, I have to agree that it\'s pretty much useless since you can\'t sharpen it.

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Re: Need some new field care tools
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2016, 09:43:28 AM »
I had the serrated blade and did not like it one bit

Other than not being able to sharpen, the serrations cut the hair instead of parting the hair and then cutting hide.
I used it once to gut an elk and had hair everywhere!

 

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