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Okay, thanks for the info. 

Okay, thanks for the info.  Like I said, I probably won't need any Whistling , but it never hurts to be prepared.

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I generally don't quarter deer, but I do skin and de-bone all the meat in the field.  I can fit all the meat on my pack frame and haul it out skin and all, by myself.  Somehow I just never wanted to drag a deer more than a few hundred yards and I'm generally 1 to 3 miles from the truck on any given hunt. 

Depending on the air temperture I've sometimes simply used the deer's own hide to wrap the de-boned meat in and secure the whole thing to the pack frame.

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I use the Cabela's game bags, they are a nice canvis bag, that should last a life time, if you take care of them. they were about $12.00 each when i bought mine, but i am sure they cost more now.

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cavermonter It all depends on

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It all depends on the size of the animal and how far off a pack.  example a bigger animal, like a good size bull, may have a game bag for every quarter and than more bags for neck, rib,tenderlion and backstap meat.   It all depends on what you can pack. Sometimes i have put 2 fronts in a bag; ie cow, or spike elk.  Can be a bit heavy. I did pack 2 fronts of a big bull one time.  Wont do that again.  bent the frame on my eberlstock pack and the weight was pushing my bicycles brakes. scary downhill, but i was alone and only wanted 5 trips not 6 trips. I have also put backstap in with the fronts before.  But i am tpically not hanging meat in a camp.If you are, you need lots of bags.  I have typically packed out the animal and got it home and hung in the shop and than gone back for the camp the next day.   lots of work but worth it.

as for deer, some never see a bag and others do.  I shot a nice mulie about 3 hours one way from camp a couple of years ago.  this was a fly in wilderness hunt.  I put half of the deer in one bag and the other half of the deer in another bag.  PAcked half a deer out and came back the next day.  Luckily everything was already done and in the bag, because it dropped into the single digits that night and the meat was rock hard.  I wasn't worried about cooling on that trip.

Bring game bags with you on the hunt.  You want to think positive.  If you don't bring game bags, don't bring a weapon.  one is used after the other.  also I have only been on a couple of guided hunts and game bags where the hunters responsibilty.

Think positive and happy hunting.

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Thanks Tim.  I'll probably

Thanks Tim.  I'll probably pik up 4 of each size or so, just to be prepared.

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Game Bags

Hunted with most all game bag types, I must say the very best I have ever used are the ones By Caribou Gear, they're strong, lightweight, light reflective and reusable.

www.biggamebags.com

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Alaska Game Bags

I'm surprised there's only one mention of the Alaska Game Bags.  I've pretty much used everything from home made bags made from bed sheets (sorry Mom!) to heavy cotton muslim bags to those cheap (& worthless) $1.99 cheese cloth bags.  My hands down favorite are the Alaska bags.  They are durable, washable, sewable (for those holes ripped when transporting on a back pack), and equally as important lightweight.  I just used 5 on a cow elk; one each for the shoulders and the hind legs, one for the filleted loins and the tenderloins and one more for the "extra" meat - neck meat, brisket, flank and other trimmings off the bones (we haven't carried out an elk rib cage or spine in years but the bags come in different sizes and really steach to accomodate different sizes of carcass).  Used these same 5 bags three years ago to haul out a 6 year old six point bull with a few antelope & mule deer in between and they are still good for many more seasons.

I pack them in a 2 gallon zip lock bag, deflated and folded in the bottom of my day pack.  Little extra bulk or weight (especially considering all the other extra crap I & probably others always seem to carry) and the bag nicely holds the heart & liver of an elk for the trip back to camp. 

 

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Alaska Game Bags

So I'm tired of buying new bags every year.

Looking to buy the Alaska Game Bags.  Which size should I get for Elk?  I'm looking at the 48" 4 pack.  I quarter my Elk and will probably also debone this year for the pack out.

Are the Alaska bags strong enough to hoist up in a tree?  Usually I find a snow bank to store the meat until I can get it all packed to the truck, but some years snow has been real scarce. 

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It all depends on just how

It all depends on just how much meat you put into the bag on weather or not it will hold up when you hoist it up a tree.  As for size the 48" one is for elk quarters, I have found out that if I cut the elk up into at least 6 pieces it is a lot easier to pack and the two extra trips shouldn't be that bad.  So you might want to pick up a couple of extras. 

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Alaska Game Bags

Yeah I will order at least 2 sets.  Gotta be better than those cheap kmart bags.

I usually try to get every thing out in 4 trips.  3 trips for the meat and one for the camp.  One year my hip had a melt down though so maybe I need to take more trips. :) 

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