The only people that don't like gut hooks are the ones who haven't had the experience of field dressing a large game animal while hunting. The gut hook is not only practical but useful as well.
If you ever tried to open a chest or abdominal cavity with a flat blade knife and pierced the stomach, intestines or bladder by accident.Then as a result ruined a perfectly good hind quarter of meat, You would wish you had a gut hook...If you cut a small shallow slit low on the abdominal wall of your game, you use the gut hook because it's controlled as to how deep it cuts. You can then literally open up the entire area like a "zipper" with no punctured organs at all. This will work great weather you are field dressing your game hanging from a tree limb or laying on the ground. Saves time, saves additional mess, and loss of any meat thru accidents with a conventional blade.
I've read the answers so far and wonder. If gut hooks are as useless as some have said, than why do over 80% of hunting knives on the maket have them? The answer is simple THEY WORK....It's not a gimmick..but a viable useful tool if you know how to use one..Anyone who says different doesn't know anything about them to begin with...
3 Season Deer Hunter/
NRA Life Member
30 Years Firearms & Hunting Experience.....