I just bought a Buck hunting knife for around $40. It isn’t that big, just big enough to skin and butcher. It is a fixed blade and a very nice knife for the money.
You can spend a lot of money on a knife but there are some really good knives that will do the job for a lot less. There are some very good knife makers and have been making knives for many years. They make knives that last.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a hunting knife.
These hunting knives are less than $50…