How To Field Dress A Rabbit

wild rabbit in brush

Skinning small game can be a challenge unless you have the right technique. Read on for step by step instructions on how to field dress a rabbit.

Rabbit Anatomy Explained

A rabbit’s anatomy can vary depending on its breed, age, diet, and activity level. But for all rabbits, the fur is thin and the skin is delicate in comparison to other animals’.

How To Preserve Rabbit Meat

Rabbit meat is lean and can spoil very quickly if not preserved properly. Here are a few ways to preserve your rabbit meat:

Cold Smoking – You can preserve your rabbit by cold smoking it. This involves hanging the meat up in smoke for a period of time until it develops a nice smoky flavor and appearance. Don’t stack too many pieces together, or they will start to bleed together and you will lose some of the flavor.

Canning – If you want to preserve your rabbit meat, you can can it. This is the most time consuming way to preserve meat, but it will ensure that it lasts a long time. Here is a quick guide on how to can rabbit meat.

Drying – Drying meat is an easy way to preserve your meat. You just have to make sure you get the moisture content low enough so that it doesn’t spoil.

How To Field Dress A Rabbit And Skin It Fast: The Quick Version

It is important to know where to cut for a fast and clean skinning job. If you don’t know already, rabbits have a very thin layer of fat on their belly, which is why it is not always necessary to gut them before cooking. If you skin a rabbit extremely quickly without the use of a knife, you will simply cut away the excess fat and cut off any organs. The skin should come off fairly easily.

Cutting Around The Neck

For a fast and clean skin, skip over any parts that are near the head or neck area. While it is possible to cut this area off and save a little bit of hide, it’s not recommended unless you have a lot of time to spare. The faster you skin a rabbit, the less work it will be.

Cutting Around The Legs

There are two areas to cut in order to skin a rabbit. The first is around the front legs and hind legs of the animal. In order to avoid cutting too much meat from your animal, try cutting these areas around the front and back legs, instead of up the leg area. To do this, start at one end and cut downward between each leg.

Cutting Across The Belly

The second area to cut in order to skin a rabbit is across the belly. It is at this point that you will cut along the midsection of your animal and remove the pelt for good. You can cut either apart from each other or run them through together if you are in a hurry. Just be careful not to cut too low, as it can damage the meat.

And that’s all there is to it! With a little practice, you should be able to skin a rabbit in under 30 seconds.


Skinning a rabbit is actually not that hard! With some practice, you can get it down in under a minute. Just remember to be quick and cut around the neck, tail, and legs to avoid destroying too much meat.

As with any type of butchering process, you should be able to learn quickly by practicing on small game before you move onto bigger animals.

Written by Fred

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