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    What do you guys do when dressing a deer, do you split the pelvic bone or not? I have always done it(just how I was taught), but I have heard mixed opinions on it. And if so, how do you normally do it? I normally drive the point into the bone and baton the end of the handle until it splits. I wouldnt twist the blade however, I have seen my brother break the tip off a Buck knife doing that. I have heard of a few people that carry hawks or hatchets to do this task.
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    I have yet to split a pelvis on a deer. Never had any problems doing it that way, so I've never really seen the need for it, save having to quarter an animal to pack it out.

    Most people I know that do it carry a small pelvic bone saw.

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    I was taught to split the pelvic bone when field dressing a deer. I used to use a knife, or hatchet to split it. These days I've been using a sagen saw to cut throug it. It's small, light weight, and cuts the pelvic bone and sternum pretty quickly.

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    I place the blade of a small axe on the cartilage between the bones and tap it with the second hand. Or use a tool like this, it is also good for cutting the small saplings in front of your blind
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    I cut the pelvic bone, thats how my grandapa taught me, used to use a hatchet, now I use my gerber folding saw. also use the saw to split the ribs open. Works great and saves the edge on my knife.
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    I wonder if it's a regional thing? I've never split one.
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    I don't usually split the pelvis anymore. I was taught to do this, but I have found by the time it comes to butchering, there is a lot of waste in the prime roast/steak areas of the haunches. I prefer cutting around the rectum and pulling everything out with the entrails. When I do have to split the pelvis, I'm careful to cut dead center with a sharp knife, and then saw through only the bone. If I don't have a game saw, I'll baton the knife through the bone. Hacking away with a hatchet always seemed to damage a lot of good meat when I do it.

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    I used to cut the bone as well, it's how I was taught. I have found, at least for me, that it is faster and easier to just cut around the anus and pull everything out with the entrails as stated above. If it starts to get messy I use a piece of string to tie off the anus.

    When I cut the pelvic bone it always seemed like I was wasting time and ended up cutting a lot more than intended. I also ended up with sharp bones where I really didn't need them.

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    Not a big hunter here due to my local, but I was taught to split it, and ussed a small hatchet to split the pelvic bone
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