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Game bag discussion

I was just curious as to what type of quality of game bags you use.  Most of my bags are used up and time for some replacements.   I have usually gotten bags that are of ok quality, not the cheapest but not the most expensive.  

My reasoning is that the middle price ones are still reusable and they don't weight much in the backpack.  It seems like the really expensiveones are just way to heavy.  and the cheap bags just dont' have the strenght to hold elk quarters.  I rewash the bags in bleach.  They don't come out sparkling clean , but seem clean enough. 

What are you folks using?  if it matters i have killed\harvested my share of elk and usually i have packed in on my bike.  so weight is an issue. 

 

thanks

tim

 

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It sounds like your using the

It sounds like your using the same thing I am. They cost about 9 bucks a set and are just heavy enough to keep the flies out and hold the quarters or meat without tearing. I usually get several uses out of them as well. They work great and I see no reason to change.

Sometimes if your lucky you can pick them up on clearance after the seasons are over for a buck a set. I have enough to last me for many years now.

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I have a couple of different

I have a couple of different sets.  One is a heavy cotton almost canvas bag that if you had to you could drag it down or up the hill with little worries.  These are about 3'x4' bags that will fit a quarter in with no problem.  I also have some that I made up myself out of a heavy muslin.  I made them about 3'x6' just in case you wanted or needed a larger bag.  I also have a couple that are large enough with both ends open for a whole deer with its head and or elk.  The heavy cotton ones that I bought have been with me for over 20 years and except for a few holes from snagging them on brush that are in them are in great shape, and the holes could be fixed with a little bit of sewing thread.  As far as weight I have never worried about it.  99% of the time you will be going back to the truck or camp more than once and you can bring what ever else you need on that second trip back to the meat. 

I personally hate having to go out and buy something over and over even if it goes on sale.  I'll spend a lot more in the beginning and not worry about it way down the line.   

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I've been using these. They

I've been using these. They work good for me.

 

http://www.cabelas.com/field-care-alaska-game-bags.shtml?WT.tsrc=CSE&WT.mc_id=GoogleBaseUSA&WT.z_mc_id1=742081&rid=40&mr:trackingCode=BDBDB7CC-958E-DF11-A0C8-002219318F67&mr:referralID=NA

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I just picked these up last

I just picked these up last weekend. Looked good enough for me. (On sale also!)

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I like liquid game bag it

I like liquid game bag it works great at keeping the flies and meat bees away but it doesn't keep the dirt off. I usually use it on quarters that I have to leave wile I make several trips. I just pack one heavy bag with me and reuse it for every trip and wrap the meat at the truck with an old cotton sheet.

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game bags

Allen Outfitter Grade game bags is what I've been using lately, they're priced right, come in a pack of 4 bags and hold up well.  Not heavy to carry in a pack at all.

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game bags

since i was 12 years old i have alway used the same game bag and my dad had used it 3years before i stole it, i had just retired it 2 seasons ago, i think it was triple crown or triple king somthin like that good quality game bag like a canvas material or tough cotton. its had about 14 seasons of dead stuff in it but it has finally been washed and worn enough that the last season i used it it tore. tried to find the same brand but there nowhere to be found in reno. i ended up buy moutain game bags that looked quality but ripped the first time i used it.

 

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thanks for the replies.  The

thanks for the replies.  The heavy duty bags just don't work for me.  I pack a camp in 3 miles on my bycycle so weight and bulk are an issue.   But i do get a couple of seasons out of the midprice ones. 

 Happy hunting, a guy here at work arrowed a spike elk this morning before work.

 

tim

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Since we're on that subject,

Since we're on that subject, I have never used one and am curious.  If I am going for a combination elk/deer hunt next fall, how many bags should I plan on bringing?

The quick answer would be none, because I never kill anything... :lol:  Seriously though, do you guys put each quarter in it's own bag, and then also have one for the backstrap/tenderloin and rib meat?

So, maybe 10+ bags for me next fall?

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It all depends on how you

It all depends on how you plan on getting the meat out.  I have used as many as 8 for a elk, but then we brought out the whole elk meat and bones.  Now if you bone it out you could get by with as few as 3 or 4 depending on how much you want to pack at a time.  My last big bull gave me 360 lbs of boned out meat.  Most of the game bags that you can buy will be sized for a quarter of an elk but that doesn't mean that you have to put a whole quarter into it. 

So with you planning on a elk and a deer I would bring at least 6 bags sized for a elk quarter and one for a full sized deer.  Now a deer one man can handle a half of one on a pack but then if you need to quarter up the deer to get him out then figure 4 more bags. 

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