The subject of what do you carry in for field kit can vary between hunters.
I like to keep mine practical and have the right tools that do the job quickly and efficiently.
My kit comprises of a skinning knife, boning knife, small boning knife and steel a few meat hooks and a couple of meat bags and I’m done.
This all packs up neatly in my day pack and is easy to access.
Once I have my animal on the deck, I just open up the knife roll and I have a selection of knives at my disposal.
Looking at my kit, the skinning knife allows me to skin small goats to large fallow deer without any fuss at all and the 6 inch blade makes skinning pretty easy with this knife.
Next is my boning knife, a 5 inch blade makes boning out and taking cuts from the animal with ease. Although not as flexible as some of my 6 inch boning knives, I’ve found this one enough to break down a carcass to my needs when out in the field.
The smaller boning knife with the 4 inch blade is ideal for dressing rabbits. It’s nice and light and is easy to use, in fact I have several of these that I use when in the ute when out spotlighting and have yet to find a knife to better it.
This knife is great on kid goats where they can be a bit fiddly when dressing out.
I have 4 meat hooks in my pack; generally I find this is enough for out in the field as Im also watching the weight in my pack.
Meat bags are invaluable; they allow you to cool the meat and keep it clean and also keep the flies off it. Generally I carry 4 and this is ample for any meat I harvest while out in the field.
I should note that I do use gambrels, but again these add weight and I usually keep these for any dressing near the vehicle, where as out in the field I can generally get away with using meat hooks.
Some samll lenghts of rope ot twine are also handy to tie around the ends of the bags if you want to hang them from a tree of for tying to your pack.
So that’s my setup and it serves me well when Im out in the field!