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How do you get your elk off the mountain

As I look through the post and attached pictures, I see entire elk hanging in garages, in back of pick ups. I see elk heads on trailers behind mountain bike.

I'm just curious how every body gets their elk off the mountain.

The area I hunt was closed to wheeled vehicles in 1983. Since then it's been walk or ride a horse in. It's 5 miles of very narrow canyon before it opens up into a big bowl that you can hunt. Anything I shoot will require at least a 5 mile pack trip, Some a lot more depending where in the bowl I shoot.

Mule Deer I will often take out whole. Just button hole them over the saddle horn. But Elk are to big to load on a horse. I usually bone out and just pack out the meat. Occassionally I may quarter an animal and not take the time to bone out. ( really bad weather or if I'm just in a hurry to get back to the truck). But I always leave the rib cage/spine. And I don't very often bring out the hide or head. If it's a really big trophy, we will cape and bring the horns.

Elk Hunting is the main reason I bought horses. I find that now that I own horses that will pack elk, I get invited to hunt with people who have drawn tags. Since my luck with drawing a limited entry tags has been lousy.



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Location: Southern Colorado
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How do you get your elk off the mountain

Beauty of a bull!

I quarter and backpack mine.
When they are as big as that one it takes me 7 trips!

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Location: Palisade, Colorado
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How do you get your elk off the mountain

I am very fortunate that my brother in law feeds his horses all year and is willing to pack out an elk for me if I am lucky enough to get one. I quarter the animal and hang the quarters in trees to cool. I have meat sacks that I place the quarters in and pack out an elk in one trip. The backbone and ribcage is boned out and left for the scavengers.

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Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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How do you get your elk off the mountain

Quarter and pack frame for me too. I am fortunate to have really good friends that will be there to help out. Since I am a firm believer in getting the skin off and hanging the meat, I rarely pack out on the kill day unless the temperature is just too high. Now that is in Arizona. My brother lives near the Bridgers in MT and he tells me that if they treat their elk that way they are probably going to have to fight a griz for it upon return. I like to keep the meat on the bone until it sets up good. I think it makes the meat less chewy. I only bone the shoulders when it's time to load the pack. After hanging, I cut off the back quarters above the hock and pack it out on the bone. Leave the rib cage and spine. Hopefully, the rack and cape are the heavy load. Six loads minimum for a bull.

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Location: Southern NH
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Most of the time we pack it out quartered. Where we usually hunt you can get a truck to within a mile so it's not bad. For a five mile packout, I would bone it out first. Occasionally we get one out whole if it's near a looging road and the snow's not too deep. Horses would be great but we don't have any. If I got one down in some hell hole way back in I would quarter it, hang it and get a pack outfit to get it out and pay the man. Better than a coronary!

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Location: north idaho
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How do you get your elk off the mountain

I really like the mountain bike for hunting. The versatlitay is awesome. You do have to be in pretty good shape though. The trailer attatches to the rear axle and is very sturdy. the trailer is made for off road travel also. I have backpacked them out also. I will say that i did just get off of the phone with eberlestock packs to order some parts i broke on there pack. They are sending them free of charge,so thank you.

tim

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How do you get your elk off the mountain

Those are 3 different bulls. The head and cape in the back of the Ford truck is one I shot. And it's been a few years since I shot it, since I now have 13 points in the lottery. The other two are friends who I came along with to help help.

Notice the first bull has 3 beams.

A big bull usually takes two horses. Meat on one and horns and hide on 2nd horse.

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Location: wyoming
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How do you get your elk off the mountain

Honda rubicon 500, or pack in on my back to a trail or road the the honda gets to pack it.

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Location: Melvina, Wi.
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How do you get your elk off the mountain

Depending upon where and how we are hunting-I have done it with horse- pick up- 4 wheeler- on my back-etc.

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Location: Umatilla Rez, Oregon
Joined: 12/10/2007
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Since its been

snowing here in Eastern Oregon its been pretty easy, just gut em' out and drag them to the rig If you have a sled than toss it on. In the warm months we pack qtr em' up and pack em' out, depending on if we're in a deep canyon or not. Tribal hunting seasons almost over Dec. 31st so we're about finished, actually I'm done, dont need any more meat. Also, them are some nice photos.

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