Watch: Quartering an Elk Using the Gutless Method

Field dressing a deer or an elk can seem like a big chore, and it certainly is. But Randy Newberg’s expert take on quartering in the field can help you feel more confident as you head into your 2020 season.

For many hunters, archery season is just around the corner. And for those of us in elk country, that means big bugles and big opportunity. But for new hunters, it can also mean a bit of intimidation once an animal is on the ground and ready to be processed.

When I set off on my first big solo hunt in 2017, I had no idea how to quarter an animal alone. So, to the annals of YouTube I went, and there, my friend Randy Newberg had a video that walked me through the process. I watched a few different videos to get the hang of it, but this half-hour in-depth resource proved invaluable once I had my first solo-hunt success on the ground.

Now, it wasn’t a giant elk. But a mule deer buck and an elk aren’t so different anatomically. If you’re looking to learn how to do the gutless method on any ungulate, this video will set you on the right path. And with almost 900,000 views, you’ll be in good company.

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Nicole Qualtieri

Based in Montana, Nicole Qualtieri is GearJunkie's Hunt + Fish Editor. She also serves as a Board Director for Orion the Hunters Insititute, a non-profit promoting fair chase and hunting ethics nationwide. A DIY hunter, she comes from a non-traditional hunting background and began hunting and fishing in her 30s. She's been a voice for hunting, fishing, and conservation since 2014, when she got started working on the television show MeatEater. She's an avid horsewoman, bird dog aficionado, snowboarder, hiker/backpacker, food nerd, and all-around outdoorswoman. Find her online at @nkqualtieri.

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