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Hammer1 wrote:
... remove as much hide from one side and then roll it over and do the other side. Improvise something as a tent peg to stretch out hide to make an improvised table. This is the best way I found for keeping your meat clean.

I like it !!! Interestingly, though an elk is difficult because of it's sheer bulk and weight, in some sense an elk is easier than a deer because things are big enough to be defined - no so small and crammed together.

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With this method do you guys usually leave the ribs?

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I don't take the ribs, but (by law) take the meat between the ribs. Doesn't amount to much. I do it last (on each side), in case knife slips and opens up the insides.

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Serious Hunter wrote:
I don't take the ribs, but (by law) take the meat between the ribs. Doesn't amount to much. I do it last (on each side), in case knife slips and opens up the insides.

OK!

one more question, how do you go in for the tenderloins? Last?

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Tenderloins ... yes, last (or last on each side). Yummy meat, but you're in dicey territory. Again, the idea being, if you don't want your meat to taste like what the animal was eating, or the `great outdoors', DO NOT LET IT GET IN CONTACT WITH WHAT IT WAS EATING (e.g. stomach, etc. organs), and DON'T LET IT GET DIRTY.

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The tenderloins are on the inside beside the back bone. They are the easiest of all to remove. A small meat saw is a nice option too. I had one at one time that collapsed and the blade rolled up, took no room, assembled in seconds. Probably you can still get one somewhere.

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Yeah, a meat saw is nice - I recently added it to my stuff. I used to cut through the joints - but it takes some time and if I'm tired, don't want an extra slip of the knife. Just saw through. The only disadvantage is the sharp edge of bone can later cut through your game or plastic (contractor) bag. I still find the tenderloins more difficult because I am working from the outside. I bought a nice little dis-assembling game saw. They should be available at any decent sporting goods / gun store.

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if you are quartering the animal without gutting the animal, you can get to the tenderlions from where the backstraps where. Cut thru with a hatchet or saw and then cut the tenderlions out.

I prefer internal frame backpacks for packing out meat. But that is just me.

If you slice down the backbone to skin you can skin each side out and use the skin as your table to protect the meat.

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All good advice.

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You won't need a hatchet. the Tenderloins are the very lsat thing i get and I never gut my game, I alwasy 1/4 it out with the gut sack in place. Hardly any blood. If you get your partner to lift the gut sack towadrs the head the tenderloins will appear right in front of you, very easy to decipher them and cutting them out is a sinch.

The other ? How to get it back to camp. I have carried 1/2 a caaraibou on my back and prefer frame packs, unless you are de-boning. I have also used the pole method for moose, but then again I was only 400 yds from camp. The sled thing would work great if there was snow on the ground, but if not and you have some distance to go then on your back it goes. I saw off the hoofs at the achilles tendon and then use my kife to seperate the joints. The only thing I use a saw for is to get the ribs, nothing like fresh ribs over a open fire.

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