A hunting knife is pretty useless if it isn’t sharp. It is not easy to field dress a large deer or elk, no matter how many years of experience you have, if you do not have the properly maintained tools for the job. When the quality of the tools you are using is undermined by the dullness of the blade then the hunting knife is essentially useless. It is difficult to assess whether your hunting knife blade is dull simply by looking at it – it does not have to be visibly dull to be ineffective. Before going on your next hunting trip, test your knife to make sure it is properly sharpened and ready for use.
Doing this is really easy and takes very little time. Take a sheet of regular writing or printing paper and run the blade of the knife against a sheet. If the knife cuts right through the paper cleanly, the knife is properly sharpened and ready for the rigorous tasks you have for it. If the cutting is jagged or the paper crumples as you cut it, the blade needs to be sharpened using the proper knife sharpening kit.
Maintaining a sharpened knife will make your hunting or camping trip a little less burdensome. Make sure to pack your knife sharpener in with your gear as well in case the blade dulls during the course of your outdoor adventure.