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How many Cubic Inches

I know there has been similar threads on this topic but I couldn't quite find the info I was looking for. How many cubic inches do I need for a Elk day hunting pack that will be used to hopefully pack out meat? I'm wanting to get the smallest bag possible that will still meet my needs. Is 2500 big enough, do I need to go to 3000 cubic inches? How many pounds of meat is realistic for one person to take in one trip?

I'm not doing a spike camp so I don't need to carry camp with me. I'm hoping to get a good pack that is big enough for an Elk hunt and not too big to use for hog and whitetale hunting in Texas.

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I like fairly small daypacks or large fannypacks.  I don't use them to haul meat, usually just the partial load before going to camp to get a real fram pack.  I use about 2000 cubic inches on my day packs.  If you go larger, you'll just fill it with more gear than you need.  I can then strap a coat on the outside of the pack if I need to ditch it.

If your hunting a late season, I can see going to a larger pack for bulky clothing.  But I run a Badlands Diablo and Camelback Ranger.  Sometimes, during early seasons, I might wear a large fanny pack instead.

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Thanks exbiologist, So you do

Thanks exbiologist, So you do use a large frame pack to carry out the meat. How much do you haul at one time with a frame pack? I will be hunting during archery season so it it will be early when it is a bit warmer, at least it think it will be warmer. How cold does it get in Colorado during early September?

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I agree with exbiologist on

I agree with exbiologist on the smaller pack.  I personally use a fanny pack for all of my hunting until I get an animal down.  Then the first trip back to the truck I'll usually pack on of the front shoulders out with me.  Then I grab the frame pack and meat bags to pack the rest of the meat out. 

As far as how much can a person pack out at a time?  I'll usually pack it heavy the first trip up to 100 lbs of meat and then go from there depending on how much is left or how many trips I want to take back and forth.  Now if you are hunting with my cousin you can stuff that pack with 200 lbs and just tell him that you packed it light for him and watch him leave you in the dust as he is going uphill with that pack on.  He's a big boy. 

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Is your cousin busy?

Is your cousin free the first week of September, I could hopefully use his help!

Here is a basic question, about how many pounds of meat could I expect get from an elk after butchering? 300lbs? 350lbs? More? Less? Thanks Critter.

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less than 200

boneless meat will normally be around 150-200 ish, depending on shot placement and waste.  It should be about 25% of the body weight of the animal.  

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The last bull elk that I

The last bull elk that I killed which was a 7x6 monster gave me 360 lbs of boned out meat. 

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holy crap!

Did you think he was 1,000 pound elk?  I've talked to a few game processors that believe there have been several 1,000 plus pounders taken.  I can't remember all the numbers they rattled off to me, but they've talked about hanging weights of a few bulls taken near the park that would have translated to close to 1,200 pounds live weight.

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1000 lb elk

He very well could of been 1000+ pounds on the hoof.  I do know that the taxidermist that mounted the head said that it was one of the biggest heads that he had ever saw.  I took him out in the Book Cliffs in Utah and they are know to have some very large bodied elk. 

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I do something similar

I think the pack weight comes close to 80 pounds with a deboned front and rear quarter.  That may not sound like much, but it is pretty difficult for me to get up off the ground.  I do ok carrying that much weight, but I have friends who have a difficult time with their knees doing that.

It doesn't normally get cold enough in September to need serious insulation.  It can though, so have it in the truck.  But last September, hunting mostly with a fanny pack I would wear a wool sweater in the morning, then roll it up and strap it to my pack in a few hours.  I'd also wear shorts on the days with serious hiking.  If I wasn't going far, or if I was staying in the timber, I'd wear pants.

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Like EX and Critter I like a

Like EX and Critter I like a smaller day pack and leave the big daddy at camp or truck till i need it. I havent had to pack one out to far yet but i play around with my pack frame and i can do between 100lbs to 120lbs before my legs want to give out on me over a long stretch. I live in a very hilly neighborhood so i walk around with a loaded pack to simulate what needs to be done in the field, my neighbor probaly wonder what the heck i'm doing but oh well. My day pack is 1800in and it works great for me.

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