That's the biggest mouse I've ever seen. I'd hate to see the size of your moose problem. By the way, great pic. I like the way you tied the hoof off to the horns and tree. Gutting a large animal is a PITA.
same here.. after shooting an animal and bleeding it... take it back to camp... hang it, skin it, guts came out with skinning.. then quarter and cut backstraps out... in the cooler- intime for some midnight jackrabbitt hunting.. LOL!!!! of course this was years ago in far west texas.
I realize you can field dress an animal without gutting it, but isn't getting your hands bloody part of the killing ritual. I wouldn't feel right if I didn't gut the darn thing. If someone killed me, I'd expect to be gutted right there on the spot of the kill. I might not taste good, but if your going to kill me, I expect you to have me for dinner.
I have a friend that loves to paint his face and body with a fresh kill. He doesn't wash it off until he's ready to head home. He's a hunting nut. I took him fishing offshore a few years back and he caught this nice YF around 135 pounds. After I ripped out the gill plate to bleed the fish, he started his body painting with the tuna's blood. What really surprised me was that he took the ripped out gills and started to chew on them. He chewed on those nasty gills for about twenty minutes. Somewhere I have a whole roll of film with him chowing down on those gills.
Here's a picture of what I believe is the natural process after a kill.