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Packing out 10 miles

Has anyone ever packed out an elk 10 miles or more without horses? I am looking at maps and realized I may be out 10 miles or more from my truck. That is an awful long walk with 90lbs on your back.

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Yeah ten miles is a oong way

Yeah ten miles is a oong way with alot of weight on your back.  I will curious to see if anyone has accomplised this feat.  I can honestly say that I have never done it...would be cool to try it though.....saying that means you were hunting were not alot of pople would go at all.

The fartest I have packed an elk out was 3.5 miles....and it was all up hill...not a reall steep climb ubntil the very end but ir was a nice steady climb all the way back to the truck....weird thing is I went to the same place last year to look for elk and just missed see a nice bull....he slipped into the timber just as I go there....I would have happiliy hauled him out the same way.

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I have never even come close

I have never even come close to packing one out that far and really hope I never do. I have packed in that far with a medium pack and hunted for a few days but didn't score and didn't have to try to get back out with one. The farthest for me is only about 2 miles with a return trip to get it all. That's about as far as I want. I'll do farther if I need to but try to plan it so I don't.

But of course maybe that's why I haven't killed many elk either.

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I wouldn't even try it. How

I wouldn't even try it. How many are with you? 90lbs for elk?

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3 of us with 90lbs on our

3 of us with 90lbs on our back may take 2 trips.   That would be my guess.

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So, not counting the first

So, not counting the first trip in. Out, in, and out again. 30 miles. I suppose you can do it if you're young and in great shape. Ever consider some pack horses?

 

What if all three of you get an elk?

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don't worry about it

Deal with it when the time comes.  I've never packed meat that far without horses.  But I've hunted that far in before and just accepted the fact that it would take 2 guys about 3 days to accomplish a full pack out.

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can't say i have

I can't say I've ever packed out meat that far before, ever, not even close. 

Does the area you plan to hunt begin 10 miles from where you plan to park the truck?  Or, does the area extend to 10 miles from where you plan on parking? 

Something to keep in mind is that just because you plan to hunt in about 10 miles does not mean that the 10 mile mark is where you are going to down your elk.  Unless the 10 mile mark is where the areas begins that you plan to hunt.  If so I'd try and find a way to park closer with your truck, or hire a horse wrangler.

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Yes, it extends out to 10

Yes, it extends out to 10 miles which would be my limit.  I am hoping to shoot something in the first mile in.  Wishful thinking. 

Only 2 of us have tags.  I believe 1 elk will be a challenge, I can't imagine 2.

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hope you

Hope you fill both tags.  My advise is to get some names and numbers of horse handlers in the area, let them know that you might need to buy their services.  That way if you down an elk or two back 10 miles away you'll be able to get the meat out without breaking your back.  That is if you can't find any vehicle access near that 10 mile mark.

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Between three of you, that pack out is really only one trip out, then back again for your camp.  There's no reason three people couldn't handle one medium sized deboned elk in one trip.  We've done more with less before.  Last year in New Mexico, my partner shot a raghorn that we packed out in one trip.  Two or three years ago here in Colorado, myself, same guy who shot that New Mexico bull, and another packed a cow and calf elk in one trip.  It can be done if you take your time, are motivated and it's mostly downhill. 

If you say you're willing to take out 90 pounds, that's 270 pounds of meat between three people, which is considerably more than most cows or bulls will yield.  150-160 or so pounds of boneless meat is typical in my experience on cows.  Bulls will yield a bit more, but not much, especially if it's just your typical 2 year old.  Either way, you won't need to take out 270 pounds in one trip, especially if you just saw the skull plate off (or use a hatchet) if you shoot a bull.  Packing the whole head out, plus a full hide or cape, and you'll start pushing hard on that 270 pounds.

Also, be prepared to leave some camping gear in your truck so you can spend the night without going right back in after dropping off the meat.

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