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Frame pack, hauling an elk out of thick timber.

Last year was my first year hunting and I was fortunate enough to have it all come together as I harvested my first buck. That deer was shot 1/4th of a mile from the truck and we were able to pack it all out in one trip down. Between my hunting partner and I we plan to hunt black powder and 2nd rifle for elk and deer. I'm hoping and need to plan to harvest 1-2 deer or elk.

I'm trying to gather information about hunting frame packs for hauling meat. I see that Kelty makes an affordable quality pack. Does anybody have any recommendations?

Thanks!

Taylor

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All I have ever used is my

All I have ever used is my Cabela's Alaskan Frame and pack. I have found that the frame and pack is nicer in that if you have a lot of smaller pieces then you can place them inside the pack in a meat bag, and if you are packing larger ones then all you need to do is to strap them on the outside with the pack collapsed.

The main thing that you need to figure out is how much weight you can pack comfortably either up or down the hill after you get your elk. In my younger days I had no problems with 130-140 lbs but as I get older I find that the lighter loads are more enjoyable.

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I use a Kelty internal frame pack with a good suspension.

My reasoning is thus: It limits how much I can put in the pack because it's not designed to carry as much weight as an external frame pack.

While I may have to make an extra trip I am more refreshed at the end of a day from not overloading myself at the start. The most important thing is in knowing how to pack, to distribute the weight, and recognizing your personal weight limits. What you can pack on an easy hike in moderate terrain as opposed to what you can pack in rough terrain will be different.

If I wanted a frame pack dedicated to just hauling meat I'd look hard at one of these:

http://www.bullpacs.com/

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I would recommend buying a

I would recommend buying a high quality pack or pack frame. It's kind of like boots, you'll thank yourself everytime you use them that you spent the money and bought what fit best and was most comfortable. My pack frame is a Camp Trails that I purchased over 20 years ago. It's been used hard and still works like new. Not sure if Camp Trails is still around or not, but they made great gear a couple of decades ago.

Another item I would recommend is a pair of ski/trekking poles. If you are carrying a heavy load a pair of ski poles can help steady the load as you step over deadfall and large rocks, cross creeks, and climb steep hills.

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I'm not sure of your physical

I'm not sure of your physical conditioning, but 15 years ago I was in "triathlon" shape and regularly lifted weights and ran 15+ miles per week. I made the mistake of agreeing to go on a three day backpack hunting trip with my boss in the Trinity Alps for a late season black-tail deer.

We hiked in 5 miles with all the necessary equipment etc.... and froze the first night, as it was late October in 6500' of elevation. The next day we hiked over nearly 8 miles of hills and valleys that had not seen a regulated burn in more than 20 years. 4 ridges later, my boss shoots a small 3 point buck at the bottom of a canyon. We retrieve and gut the buck and a third friend totes the rifle back to camp, while me and my boss drag the deer through the thick brush/overgrowth back to camp. 10 hours later we arrive and bed down, after hanging the deer.

The next morning, we line everyone's' packs with lawn/leaf bags and divide up the quartered deer meat and pack it the 5 miles back to the truck. Next we have to return to camp and bring back all the equipment we hiked in, that's another 10 miles for a total of 15 miles fully loaded in one day. Did the packs make it? Yes. Would I ever do such a thing again? Absolutely not! Sounds like a great time, until you actually kill game and have to pack it out. Nobody in our group would ever like to repeat the event, even in a state that has a dismal 12% hunter success. Sorry, it just ain't worth it. My two cents.

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kelty

love my kelty external frame and pack you can attatch to it,it will handle half of an elk no problem so i doubt you would need anymore plus it distributes the weight so well it makes packing more weight easier.i will be using it to backpack in 8 miles to my deer hunting grounds this september

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Bull pacs

Thats great guys! i really appreciate your knowledge and input on the topic. I am leaning towards a bull pack at this point, this will be a hunting only frame pack more then likely. One thing that really turns me off of bull pacs though is their god awful website, i mean it sucks.

Question about the Bull Pacs, on their website it looks as if you buy the pack then you have to add on more features. What features do most people add and why?

I know my questions are detailed, last year was my first year hunting and im learning it all on my own! im 23 and plan to hunt big game/waterfowl regularly throughout the years of my life.

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There is nothing that you

There is nothing that you really need to add except for some game quarter bags. You don't have to buy theirs but you can look around to see what you can find. For the quarter bags you want to stay away from cheap ones and get those that are made out of heavy cotton or a cotton canvas that are reusable. When you get blood on them just put them in a bucket of water and some Gain or Biz laundry detergent and let them soak for a couple of days before you wash them.

The only attachment that I have on my Alaskan pack and frame is a rifle hook but I seldom use it. If you are just using the pack to pack out game then the pack and bags are all you need.

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There is nothing that you

There is nothing that you really need to add except for some game quarter bags. You don't have to buy theirs but you can look around to see what you can find. For the quarter bags you want to stay away from cheap ones and get those that are made out of heavy cotton or a cotton canvas that are reusable. When you get blood on them just put them in a bucket of water and some Gain or Biz laundry detergent and let them soak for a couple of days before you wash them.

The only attachment that I have on my Alaskan pack and frame is a rifle hook but I seldom use it. If you are just using the pack to pack out game then the pack and bags are all you need.

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