It was then in my random wanderings through the outdoor mega mart wondering how to live without a camp stove drip coffeemaker that I found a product so obnoxious it stopped me in my tracks.
That, gentle reader is something called the "Butt Out" tool. Its intended purpose is to "assist" the hunter in removing the alimentary canal in an efficient manner while protecting our presumably squeamish hunter from touching
Now if you own one of these and have used it in the field I'd love to hear from you. Particularly, why you felt the need to spend $20 on this thing. Not being offensive, but I just don't understand.
It looks a little small to use on a moose- maybe they need to produce a 2x version. Heck, they could call it the "Magnum". Only twice the price!
Perhaps for the "tacticool" among us they could make one in black (or better yet the new and trendy 'Dark Earth' color) and ship it in a Kydex holster for only $40 more! The "Butt Out Tactical!" will be the must have accessory from coast to coast.
I must apologize to the gentle reader but I'm having a bit of fun with this. After field dressing scores of animals from moose to mouse I readily admit field dressing is not the most pleasant task one performs in the field- but come on. It's an animal, its bloody, it can be gory (like a .300 hitting too far back in the gut) but its not all that. It's not like your playing in a 3 day old roadkill. Suffice to say the innards of a deer are likely to look like (biologically speaking of course)a surgery ward compared to a domestic beef cow rasied in a feed lot.
Decent technique makes it much easier and all you need is a knife. Buy a video or find a friend who knows how and buy him lunch to show you how. It will be money better spent.
I won't delve into the ethical complaint I have about the total disrespect I feel this shows an animal. I'm not all misty eyed about it but I really feel subjecting an animal you've just killed to this thing is pretty damn crass. But I'll digress before I get on a tear...
Gentle reader- if field dressing makes you squeamish enough to buy this thing how on earth do you stand to kill something. I really think this is American capitalism at its best- find a non existent need and brand the crap (pun intended!) out of it.