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To pack or not to pack

Anybody ever been way out in the sticks run across a big bull, sight in, then pull off when the realization hits that the packing effort to get it back would be enormous?

Worse has anybody ever taken a big bull only to remember that your a long ways from the truck?

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No and yes. I figure packing out is part of the hunt. On the other hand, as I've gotten older I've made a habit of looking for places where I can hunt uphill from my camp. That way I'm packing the animal back downhill--much easier!

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Hands down,YESSS
The first elk I ever shot I was 15 yrs old a late season elk permit.I shot a cow about 5 miles from the truck and my dad.I packed that elk in 4 quarters on my back 4 trips in 4 trips out,and I swore I would never shoot another elk.Well I've shot 11 elk and help pack that many more out in 17 yrs of elk hunting only thing that has changed is my method of getting them out.I've hired a freighters,hauled them out on my horses,and packed'em out on my back(no fun),I've rented horse from guys hunting horse back,but you can get them out.My dad told me a story of once he passed up a six-point bull(biggest he ever saw)back in the 60's cause he knew he could'nt make it to work on Monday.So each to his own I guess,if it was me he would be on my wall.BBJ

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I hunt in some way's like "donmillion". We try and camp low and hunt as much as we can up hill. We also use vehicles to take us out as far as we want to hunt back to camp that day. Witch usually means as far as you would want to pack.
I think to get the really big bulls you've got to put out the really big effort. Meaning that when given the chance I would take that Big Wall Hanger. Packing out an animal is part of hunting. I would rather have a hard pack-out of an elk than be sitting at home (after the season) microwaving another "Swanson Hungery Man Dinner". :smile:
Some packs are going to be so easy that you can get the animal back to camp whole. Others might take you two day's of packing out quarters or boned out meat. But that is all part of hunting. Besides wouldn't you rather hear a story around the campfire about... "that time we hauled out a monster 6x6 and it took three guy's two day's of packing over 7 miles through the snow, over windfalls and watched two other 5x6 locked up sparing. And all you could do was watch because you were already tagged out". :smile:

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Yeah packing is part of hunting, no doubt about it, but I think we all know there is packing and then Packing. Luckily I have never had a bad haul with elk, have taken a muley or two that I should have thought twice about though.

Good to hear there are some other "up hill hunters" too. I do the same myself.

Some variables that effect my packing decision:

- number in the hunting crew. Three or more people and packing usually is a non-issue. One guy and it definitely is.

- time of year, BBJ hit on this, packing an animal out in late season winter storm is a lot nastier than a cool september afternoon. Although nice packed snow can be a blessing for a drag.

- Size of the animal, shooting a big cow or rag horn way in the sticks is probably not the best idea. All bets are off when Thunder Bull walks onto the scene though...

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I only go as far as I am willing to pack an animal out. My brother has taught me this as he is the one who got me into hunting. But as I got into archery I have alot of friends that will come at a drop of a hat to help out each other. most of my friends are sub contractor's like me and we all carry our pack frames to work with us and when the call comes off we go. there are about 5 of us that do this for each other. I have no problem going up and packing. kinda enjoy it actually.LOL Packing to me is the fun part. I have never been so far back in that it about killed me but if it takes any of my friends to do this then I would be there for them.

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I never go somewhere I'd have to pass up a shot and I couldn't pack an animal out. I mean seeing the biggest 6x6 in my life and passing it up would give me nightmares for years, I'd have to go to counseling eventually. If I saw it I'd shoot it, so I only go where I think I can get an animal out. How far is that? Well just depends on weather and terrain.

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