Best knife for deer hunters? Good luck choosing just one!
But here are some knives I have “blooded” and used in actual hunting scenarios over the past couple years. You can rely on any of these.
by Leon Pantenburg
The shot was successful, and you walk up to the fallen deer. You stand over it, pausing for a couple moments (I hope), to be thankful for the gift you just received.
Then it’s time to get to work field dressing the deer. What you do in the next hour or so will directly impact how good the meat tastes over the next few months. And your most important tool will be your hunting knife.
Last deer season, I was lucky enough to harvest four deer with four shots in two states. All these were killed in solo hunts, and three times, I had to field dress, skin and quarter the animal, by myself with no help, before hauling it out to the road. I won’t carry a knife I can’t depend on.
Bottom line: A successful hunter needs a good hunting knife. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. And every hunter has a favorite knife. But suppose you want to upgrade, or are looking for a better tool? What do you want to invest in?
Let’s start the hunting knife conversation (since this is all my opinion anyway) with my prejudices.
No Folders: I love pocket knives. For years, a Buck model 317 folder was my go-to knife for southeastern hunting. And I carry a Swiss Army Knife Tinker and a SAK Companion every day. But any folder’s weak point is the hinge. Break that, and the knife is disabled. A knife that might have to do double duty as a survival tool needs to be sturdy.