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packing out

As of now we're planning on packing out our own elk should we get any.  We all have external frame packs and the necessary gear to do it.  Of course plans always change and who knows where an elk may go down.  if we change our minds and decide to have the elk packed out how do we locate a name and number to call.  Also, what is the rate for packing out an elk now?  It's been awhile since we had one packed out.

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That's kind of funny.  I

That's kind of funny.  I didn't realize there were people who you could hire just to pack out your game.  I know that guides will do it all inclusively, but didn't know about just doing that part.

Pretty cool.....

Best of luck to you!

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yep

yeah, the last time we were out a few years ago one of the packers had a sign at the parking area at serviceberry but I don't know if anyone packs in Routt.  I think it was 200 bucks for him to bring in the mules, load up all the meat and take it back out.  If you were lucky and he had an extra horse with him you got a free ride too LOL.  This time though we'll have three guys in our late 20's and mid 30's but the other two in our group are a little soft around the middle and in their 50's

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Whew

bearklr wrote:

This time though we'll have three guys in our late 20's and mid 30's but the other two in our group are a little soft around the middle and in their 50's

 

FWIW........i'm NOT one of the 50's whos soft around the middle  Hello

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packing

If you have guys that young you should be good, what part of Routt are you hunting, Closest town?

 

I know a few outfitters that use to offer services but not sure if they still do or not.

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Craig

the closest town will be Craig Colorado.  We'll be hunting off of 13.

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I was doing some early

I was doing some early planning for my hunt next year, I did a google search on Packers in my area and come up with a few, most here will pack out your animals for anywhere from $300-$600, the more expensive ones also will store it for you in a walk in cooler till your ready to pick it up. My hunt next year will be a 10 day wilderness hunt where i can hunt both deer and elk so the storage will come in handy if i get one or the other and still wanna hunt. I decided to go with one that will also pack my gear in and out and give me a satilite phone to call them when i need them to pack out my meat. that will run me $700 bucks but i think it will be worth it as i will be hunting 10-15 miles from the nearest trailhead. So to get back to your Question you could start with google.

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wow 700 bucks seems cheap to

wow 700 bucks seems cheap to me...is that including you riding in as well? plus he comes in to get your animal and stores it! id jump on that with both feet!

im paying 1200$ for 2 of us to be packed in and out(we get to ride) plus they will pick up elk. but i had to rent my own sat fone for 120$...

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Yea $700, i checked some of there refrences and it all seems legit. I usally pay arond that for gas, food and all of that so it seems to be a pretty good deal. but yea they pack your gear in (you ride) drop you off, its up to 10 miles in. give you a phone, when you need them he said give him a call and they'll meet you at your "base" camp and pick up your meat, then on your predetemined date they'll come back in and pack you and your stuff out. its $700 per person but I think its worth it, it will save my legs for actually hunting and stuff.

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We always check in advance in

We always check in advance in the area we will be hunting.  Many stables and trail ride outfits that don't guide or outfit will pack out game.  We look for a price that is well below $500.  If we can't get that we do it ourselves.

In many areas you will run across empty pack animals and even whole strings deadheaded on the main trails.  It's easy to make a deal with them.

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Ask around...

When you get to town just ask around when you're gathering you last minute stuff. Check out the bulletin boards at the grocery store, taxidermist and sporting goods stores. You might want to ask at the liquor store, too.Big smile

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