I have been all over the place with that question. I have boned out the animal,,then maid 2 or 3 trips back in in order to get it all out,,i have tied its head and antlers up on the back of the quad and draged it out hole,,i have cut it into 4 quarter and packed each quater out with a pole on each of our shoulers,,i have taken in a mountain bike,,,if you are back in on a restricted road and carried a part of the animal in a small little trailer that i atach to the back of my bike. You have to figure out what kind of train you will be hunting and pepair yourself for what you think will work the best,hunter.
Last year, my brother and I were stocking side by side up an old abondoned logging road when we encountered a herd of about 6-10 cows as we came around a corner. It was early September and we new the area was hot cuz of some bugling going on. The elk scattered so fast my bro didnt even get off a shot. But I was able to shoot a cow in the neck and it dropped where it was shot. We were about 3 miles from the truck and it was about 8AM. We gutted, skinned and boned her right there. We both had large backpacks with extension towers. we were able to fit all the meat in the two backpacks-but man, oh man, those packs weighed around 150LBS eapiece. I weigh 150 pounds, my bro weighs about 170. I'm 5'7' he's a 5'5" bull. That was the longest 3 miles I can remember. And, definitely the heaviest pack I have ever carried. I had to put the pack against a tree, sit down and get into it, then have my bro take me by the hands and pull me up-I did the same for him. We were able to walk only at about 60-100yd intervals fortunatley all downhill.As we gained ground the intervals narrowed considerably-and I was uncertain if I would make it. I am 46yrs old my bro is 56.
There is something about the look and feel of a bolt action rifle with a walnut stock that pleases me. Call me old fashioned, but the character of the rifle I choose to own is equally as important to me as how that rifle performs.
I’ll be the first to admit that the lack of weight in a carbon fiber stock is awfully nice when chasing elk in high country and that any synthetic could help a bit when mother natured decides to rain on your parade. My own preference, however, is to...