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Here is my first deer (177LBS 3X2) or animal for that matter that I have hunted, it was my second deer hunt.
I shot him opening evening on the 21st on the peak behind my head in Bountiful, UT. It is the highest peak right above the "B" in Tuttle Creek Canyon, for thoes of you who know where it is.
I shot him at 200 yards in the neck with a Remington 1903 A4 30-06


It was so exciting for me from when i spotted him to watching him drop in my scope.

Then I realized how much work it takes to get an animal out
Here is a picture of how my friend and I got him out, we went a mile up hill for 4 hours till a nice guy on a ATV helped us.

I dont think my friend is too happy with me at the moment. Our shoulders are bruised from carrying him out like that

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Welcome Joef Big smile Congrats on your hunt, the first kill is always a treasure Thumbs up

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Great job for your second hunt! When the deer gets swinging on that stick, it can really knock you around once you get tired

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hunter777 wrote:
When the deer gets swinging on that stick, it can really knock you around once you get tired

You said it, and the wet conditions didnt help any either, sliding around in the mud and all.

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joef, Welcome to BGH. Big smile Congrats on your Muley!

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congrats

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Tie the body as close as possible to the stick to limit the amount of swing.

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Good job on your hunt! The first is always a great feeling. I tried the stick approach for carrying out deer too on my first one. What a pain...a good sort of pain when it's you first though. Since that time I've adopted the half and carry aproach. Still work but not as much swinging. With Elk I normally bone them out and start packing.

Next year when you get your muley may I suggest using my meat packing mantra " Calories spent by packing a critter out equals many calories in for the rest of the year." Helps pass the time while your working.

Nice buck! Congrats!

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AustinCo wrote:
Next year when you get your muley may I suggest using my meat packing mantra " Calories spent by packing a critter out equals many calories in for the rest of the year."

You said it, I 'll never pack one out like that again. My shoulders hurt for about 4 days after.

I need to get an ATV, cut up the next one, or not shoot one unless its close to the road or above it, or it just so huge I would just have to take it Big smile

great learning exprience for me, I was only able to gut it because I saw one done the year befor. Now I need to learn to process the meat myself to save some that way.

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I always found it to be the easiest when you can put some apples in the bed of your truck and wait for the deer to jump right in and then drop them, takes a little patience though lol

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joef,
Take a look at your library and you might find a few books on "packing with horses" They give a pretty good run down on how to pack out meat even if you don't have horses. Do some studing now so your ready for the big one's next year. I've killed about 20 or so elk and I've only been able to get one out whole in that time. Most of these have been carried out on my back with a pack frame. These critters leave accessible country when the seasons on and most places you can't get an atv. Hope you stick around the site and start getting into yotes.

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