Nearly all my friends use this method to field dress any big game animal--I'm certain that many Forum members do, also. For lack of a better name, I'll call it "gutless" field dressing. It is a method that avoids having to spill a critter's gut cavity until the end of the process, rather than at the beginning. Advantages to this are: 1) Avoids having gut contents around your feet as you field dress the animal 2) Avoids meat (especially the quarters) from potential contamination of gut cavity 3) If an animal has been accidently "gutshot" this method offers greater salvage of uncontaminated meat
My partner and I have been using this "gutless" method for well over twenty five years. The only time we will gut an animal first is when we cannot complete the field dressing in a timely manner after the kill. Dennis Confer, in his book, "Hunt Alaska Now", was the first to write about this method of field dressing (at least the first time I've seen it documented).
I was fortunate enough this moose season to obtain my moose in the early hours of a very pleasant day and I was able to document highlights of this process on film. Pictures work way better for me than any verbal description. In the following posts, I'll try to attach highlights of this process.
The only tricky part to this process is cutting the rear hinds away from the hip. Slow careful cutting here will ensure that the gut cavity is not accidently punctured. Moose are not easy to handle when field dressed solo, but I have been able to utilize this "gutless" method solo on numerous occassions. Hope this may help....