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.