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East elk bowhunt on horses???

I need some good advice on elk hunting using our horses. First off although I've had horses all my life mainly show horses, this is just my 2nd year bowhunting and have two great Rocky mountain horses I'd like to take on our elk hunt. Since we didn't get drawn for any permit hunts we put in for I need some suggestions on where to go, will there be areas to graze horses or should we bring feed? If we don't have a pack animal if successful how do we pack the meat out? I've been looking around for a third horse/mule to either buy or if anyone knows of someone who might lease a pack animal that would be great too.
Frankly any helpful information from people who use horses to hunt off would really be apprciated as I need to make sure I have all the neccassary equipment tack, etc... before we take off into the hills.

Thank you,
Tina

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East elk bowhunt on horses???

Welcome to the site. Your gonna love horse back hunting. I always could ride in and back out the same day where I live. Didn't have a pack horse for gear anyway. But packing out was a problem until we found these canvas bags that go across the saddle. Work alright but you anve to walk out yourself, bettter than packing yourself. The ex found them somewhere but I don't know where. If you were closer I'd let you borrow them. Have fun.

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East elk bowhunt on horses???

I've elk hunted off horseback in the bumping unit. rode into the wilderness and high-lined them and hunted on foot from there. packing an elk out without a pack animal is a chore...quartered up and packed out on your back.

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East elk bowhunt on horses???
echohill wrote:
I've elk hunted off horseback in the bumping unit. rode into the wilderness and high-lined them and hunted on foot from there. packing an elk out without a pack animal is a chore...quartered up and packed out on your back.

Have to pack about 6 miles extra now as the road is
closed below the Y to Deep Creek do to wash out .

huntingal39
Train your horses to hobbie and stake out , also highline like echohill said .
Also Don Fischer has good advice about the packbags that go on your riding saddle .They can be rolled up .
I have gone in with just my saddlehorse and stayed 2-3 days in early season (Sept) . Tarp ,bed roll ,and a little grub ,and a dang good water filter . Would not hurt anything to take a little grain for the horses .
You should be able to find some nice meadows to graze your horses , just do not turn them loose at the same time you might be afoot .(not good) Take a little hay to feed them at the trailer or truck before you ride in most times they will return there if they get loose .
rockslide

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East elk bowhunt on horses???

bring panniers with you and when you get your elk, put elk in panniers and walk\lead the horse out.

tim

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