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After the shot

Seems like this year I'll be on my own during the elk hunt.

Does anyone have any tips or ideas to make the meat packing trips on a pack frame less painful. I've been working out since mid summer and I purchased a decent packframe. Any tips willl be appretiated.

I also contacted an outfitter who charges $400. minimum to retrieve a downed elk. How does that sound? Any input will be appretiated.

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When and where is your hunt?

When and where is your hunt?

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Gila Natinal Forest. Unit

Gila Natinal Forest. Unit 16B. October 23-Oct 27.

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If I were closer I might of

If I were closer I might of been able to help you out. My suggestion is to try and find someone to help/hunt with you if you can. Other than that, bone out the meat in the field.

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The only advice I have is if

The only advice I have is if you're going to pack it a ways... bone and bag it!  Leave as much of the weight behind as you can. 

All by yourself this can still mean 3 to 5 trips if it's a bull... maybe one less if it's a cow since you won't have rack and cape to haul out.

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Sounds good. I'll let you

Sounds good. I'll let you know it goes.

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If I was by my self and was a

If I was by my self and was a long way from camp or truck I would bone it out.  Other than I would quater as regualr and starrt making trips.  A properly fit back and adjusted properly will make all the difference on the amount of weight you can carry.

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If you're gonna hunt the

If you're gonna hunt the Gila, might as well go all out.  Not gonna get to do that too often...... Thumbs up

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Most of the ones I get are

Most of the ones I get are killed in impossible locations.

I would pay the $400 if the outfitter is available to pack it out within 24 hours.

A lot of times when I call they'll tell me something like, 2 days, or day after tomorrow, and I'll tell them no thanks.  I can usually make the 5 required pack trips in 2 days.

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Bone it

I have horses and I still bone them out. I can bring an entire elk out on one horse if I leave the bones on the mountain.

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Thank you all for the good

Thank you all for the good advise.  I also believe that I can get the job done in about 24 hours, I hadn't thoght of that.

Thanks again to all that replied.

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