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Meat packer for CO GMU 75?

Can anyone direct me to someone who can be hired to pack out elk meat in Colorado GMU 75, NE of Durango, in the Missionary Ridge area? I have already been in contact with Over The Hill Outfitters, but I would like one or two other alternatives in my pocket in case some of these guys are too busy when I need them, which naturally can happen. My first plan is to pack out the meat myself -- bone out the elk meat at the kill site, load into heavy cotton game bags, hang the game bags in the shadows in the timber, pack out one bag at a time on a BullPak pack frame -- but I would like to have an alternative in case my first plan goes bad: weather is hotter than expected or an ankle injury or pulled muscle. It is good to have alternatives and options.

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Meat packer for CO GMU 75?

Sorry, don't know any pack outfits in the area, but I have the same plan you do. There is two of us so there is some redundancy if one of us blows an ankle or worse a knee. I am almost there with a first hunt license. What hunt do you have?

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Meat packer

Hitmgood: I'm first rifle season, either sex permit like you. I woke up with a pain in my right calf Monday that felt a lot like a pulled muscle, like one I've had a couple of times years ago when I used to run on concrete. So far I have not ruled out a pulled muscle, but I was able to run pretty strong on it last night (ran 4.5 miles at 5.5 MPH, half of that with a 6 degree slope dialed into the treadmill). It might just be a muscle pang from exercise (though why this would happen when I have been conditioning for months and have not increased my intensity level lately -- just resumed where I had left off after a normal 3-day rest interval). So, I'm concerned if this calf pain is a pull that the stresses of carrying heavy packs and climbing steep hills may make this injury worse. Might make a series of four 3 mile pack out of 50 LBS pack loads tough to do. Thus my interest in a back-up plan.

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Meat packer for CO GMU 75?

Ron-D-View. He is a horse outfitter out of Ignacio. He used to charge us $50 per horse per day.

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