How to Field Dress A Rabbit and Butcher It

By Charles •  5 min read

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After you have killed your rabbit, you may be wondering how to field dress a rabbit.  Rabbit seasons are generally during the colder parts of the year so you do not necessarily have to dress them right away.  So to start with, you can throw the rabbit in your vest pocket or a backpack to carry it until you are finished with your hunt. However, if you want to take care of it right on the spot, there is nothing wrong with that either.

How to Field Dress a Rabbit – Skinning

You can start to field dress a rabbit by taking the hike from the body.  While you are doing this, remember that rabbit hides are pretty thin and will tear easily. 

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How to Field Dress a Rabbit – Gutting or Removing the Entrails

After skinning the rabbit, you will have to remove the entrails (guts).  This keeps the meat from spoiling too quick.  If at all possible, try to keep from cutting the stomach open and spilling the contents all over the meat.

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Butchering and Eating Rabbit for Dinner

Butchering a rabbit is not all that difficult.

You can eat rabbit in a variety of ways; however, it is most often prepared in a stew. Braise it first to add that lovely, umami taste of roasted meat to your stew.

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Photo of a butchered rabbit – Click to visit Hank Shaw’s Website for recipes.

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Charles is a man who loves the outdoors. He moved to Wyoming specifically to spend more time in the mountains and wilderness. A hunter and fisherman, Charles knows how to enjoy nature and all that it has to offer. He is an outdoorsman through and through, and he wouldn't have it any other way. Charles is the President of Absaroka Enterprises, an company focuse on outdoor entertainment and endeavours. He's also an Editor for Alpha and Omega Outdoors, an online hunting, fishing, camping, trapping, and all around outdoors blog.

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