I have found myself in a thick vein of bunnies and after paunching 30 of them in a row last night I decided I could do with a cheap and cheerful gut hook. Having never needed or used one for deer I am in virgin territory
I have looked online and the problem I see with most of them is they all fall into 3 main categories:
1) dedicated gut hook (on a ring or similar) without blade or point
2) drop point knife blade with gut hook cut into top of blade
3) long curved blade with rounded point (often with additional swing blade)
No.1 looks like I need two blades to get the hook which is a faff and will undoubtedly facilitate me slicing digits off switching around every 30 secs
No.2 is probably closer to what I need but my concern is that a rabbit doesnt leave much room or have the physical integrity for the tip to clear guts without catching and splitting rotten grass everywhere
No.3 requires either another blade or a swing blade to sever what few fingers i have left after trying No.1/additional blade
now I am sure this all works for a large long single cut on a gralloch, but doing multiple bunnies is not the same.
What do people use and what works?