Save your hunting knife and the edges when dressing a deer. The bone in the front and hindquarter are hard to split with a knife. Don't hammer it through and ruin an expensive hunting knife. Have a small hand ax with the handle removed and pack it in your pocket, pack or sheath. Holding head in your hand, chip through the bone. If you have a need for a small hand ax, a stick or limb can be inserted in the ax head and you have a useful tool for light chopping.
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