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Game packout

llama32

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I am new to saddle hunting so I'm trying to figure out what you guys do to get your game out do y'all use a cart or do you just quarter them up and bring them in or do you drag them out whole
 
If I am within 300 yards of the truck and it is level or downhill I will drag my deer. If I am further, it is uphill, or a large bodied deer....I quarter them and pack them out in my backpack. I use a kifaru Stryker XL pack (has meat packing capabilities.)
 
Pretty much same as above other than drag distance. I have cut that down to 100-150 tops unless it is of the milk lip variety and that doesnt happen very often anymore.
 
I ain’t dragging no more deer. Been boning them out for a couple years now. Heck, last year I killed a doe that died 10 yards from a logging road. Walked back to the truck, drove right up to the deer and boned it out. In fact, I get a bit pissy now if I have to move one to cut it up, lol
 
This will be my first year packing out. Really hoping I like it, got a F1 pack. Time will tell, my first couple hunts will be close behind the house and I plan on quartering and packing just to get into the groove of it!
 
I am new to saddle hunting so I'm trying to figure out what you guys do to get your game out do y'all use a cart or do you just quarter them up and bring them in or do you drag them out whole

What are your state's legal requirements? Less than 400 yds. I'm probably gutting and dragging; over that distance, or rough/thick terrain, I'm typically quartering and/or deboning and packing out. All options being equal, I prefer doing the teardown in a well-lit controlled environment with the deer hung from a gambrel and multiple sharp knives available! In reality, I'm going to do whatever is the most efficient for time AND effort. My loadout for each hunt reflects this as well; because if I'm planning on quartering/deboning and packing out, I'm not going back to the truck first...
 
YASSS! This^^^^ is how I learned. There is another video I think may be one of Warrens nephews or something, not sure. Anywho, he does it the same way, cept he shows a little more detail separating the front leg joint. It can give folks fits if not done correctly……trust me, I am one of them folks!
I have gotten to where I prefer to NEVER OPEN the inside of a deer or hog. Don’t bother to hang it up either, I’ll do it on the ground! The bed of my truck works great, but I’ll end up jumping in there for much of it like it was on ground level to begin with. It ps best to leave a carcass as close to where it was killed anyway.
 
All great info. Being located in the West, I think it has been about 20 years since I dragged out a deer/antelope/bear/etc. I am a big fan of the gutless method, and bring out four quarters, straps, loins, neck meat and trim in as many loads as it takes. A good sized deer with my gear in the pack is usually two trips. The areas I hunt put the truck at 1 to 4 miles away, so dragging is never going to happen.
Packs with meat shelves are the way to go.
 
All great info. Being located in the West, I think it has been about 20 years since I dragged out a deer/antelope/bear/etc. I am a big fan of the gutless method, and bring out four quarters, straps, loins, neck meat and trim in as many loads as it takes. A good sized deer with my gear in the pack is usually two trips. The areas I hunt put the truck at 1 to 4 miles away, so dragging is never going to happen.
Packs with meat shelves are the way to go.
Next chance I get, I plan to go ahead and debone as well. The hind legs are easy and I saw an easy demo for the shoulders so imma try it.
 
Last year was the first time I'd shot a whitetail in a long time. Anything bigger than that is getting quartered and packed. The last whitetail, I had my pack and a rope, so I hung it from a low limb and got to work. Pack out was only 150 yards, and it's a whitetail, so I did it in one trip.

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My live in help has "escaped", teaching my grandson now.
He is only 11 and a little on the small size to drag by himself.........
 
I’m not an expert with this but probably more time than you think but not as much as you would hope.

In those temps the sooner you get it quartered out the better. Especially, if it took you awhile to recover the animal.

Field dressing cools the body cavity considerably but in 95 degree weather I would want the hide off too and quartered and in game bags. Get it into a fridge or cooler as soon as you are able.
 
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