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one of the funnest ways i have brought an elk out was on my mountain bike. I have a trailer that attaches to the rear wheel. Works slick. Now this is a good trailer not a trailer you put your kids in but one made for packing stuff. I had the whole elk out in a couple of trips. I also mountain bike alot. alot. alot.

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Nice!

Hey, whatever you have to do to save your back.. Good on ya!

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Most of us would do Tim's method (of bicycle extraction) at our own extreme peril Yes .

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serious

I almost blew a curve. The trailer was pushing a little more than i thought. It would have been a funny wreck.

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Just the thought of bicycle/mountain bike wreck almost hurts.

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Cutting meat off the elk without gutting it eh?? I don't know, what ever works for you. Sounds like an express way of doing it, but just like all things express, it may not be the best way of caring for your game meat. I think your just better off taking your time and doing it properly. Get the entrails out ASAP. Boning out the meat without gutting and you're sure to nick some internal organ. Get the guts out first. Your elk will taste better.

It's better to gut the animal to cool it, quarter it and leaving the hide on until your ready to butcher. The hide helps keep the meat clean from dirt and protects it from drying out in transport.

But like I said, what ever works for you, it's your meat.

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WesternHunter wrote:
... what ever works for you, it's your meat.

WesternHunter ... it does work ... and the more we do it this way the better meat we are ending up with. I invite you to try it. It might seem express, and in some cases express is necessary. But with this method we can also take our time and do it `properly'. The frame (skeleton) naturally acts as a shield to the internal organs, so unless going for the tenderloins, it takes a `plunge' to get to them.

In some cases we have to do it this way - animal ends up in a ravine and we can't afford a helicopter line to take it out. In other cases we can drive to our animal, and we still do it this way.

I would argue that on a big animal taking the skin off cools it faster than gutting it.

But I'm not trying to argue - just invite.

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Well, I don't know how long it takes some folks but I can pull lungs.guts and intestines out of a moose in less than five minutes as long as the animal is on its side or back. The second the animal dies is the second bacteria starts to form and technically starts to prouduce heat.
The sooner that hide comes off, the better, and don't forget the extra weight you are packing if left on..
I.m curious. What daytime temperatures are common for this area during the hunt?.

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I'm in northern Idaho ... what I call high prairie at edge of vast forests. Temperatures often breezy, low rel humidity, and low 80s. But sometimes into 90s, and even 100 for a day or two, but somewhat rare to get that hot. Cooler presently, with highs in high 70s and lows in 40s.

We have an early elk hunt on as I speak, antlerless, on or near ag land. It's an over-the-counter tag, with the intent to take damage/pressure off ag land. It's not a slam-dunk hunt, generally. But I stay at it. Good way to end a day of hard work (with an hour of elk hunting). If we knock an animal down in the 90s weather - it is a SERIOUS MATTER to get hide off and meat cooling a.s.a.p. When we knock them down when it's a bit cooler - the pressure relaxes a bit. My buddy got an elk the other evening, and it just so happened that the only rain in about 50 days came and cooled us and everything off as we were dealing with his animal. Big smile

We can have the above-mentioned weather clear thru Sep and even somewhat into October. I have froze my [blank] on cold mornings in August trying to ambush elk, and I have hunted some HOT stinkin' days in October.

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With those variations in temps you have to be ready for just about anything and everything.
Nothing like a good rain to make things slippery and slimy.Either that or the blow flies.
Why can't life just be simple ? Cry Cry Cry

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