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Hey Wings, what did you used to do with your deer entrails??  Just leave that stuff at the kill site, so long as you are away from a water source (stream, lake, etc).. Coyotes, bears, and birds need to eat.  Leave the bones too unless you use them to make game stock with.  You can keep the heart and liver if they are in good shape, healthy, and not destroyed from the shot.  Bring a pack frame and at least 5 game bags if you will be carrying out the quarters yourself.  I hunt with my pack frame on me. You will likely need to make up to 5 round trips, so keep that in mind when you decide to shoot depending on how late in the day it might be. A typical Rocky Mnt bull weights 600 to 800 lbs, a cow averages around 500lbs.  Gutted and boned you can divide those weights by half, then divide that by 4 quarters.  For example if you have a 500 lbs cow each quarter of boned out meat will be about 63 lbs on the pack frame and mutiply that by 4 trips.  If it's a bull you will pack out the 40 lbs of skull and antlers on the 5th trip. On average you will carry about 63 lbs to 100 lbs of meat per trip on the pack frame depending on your animal. The above is based on the solo hunter working by himself.  If you have a few friends with you then consider this work to go much easier.  It's a task no matter what, but still do-able if solo.

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My antlers are probably

My antlers are probably mounted somewhere all over the US, because I never take them.

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Depending on where you are

Depending on where you are hunting you could be setting yourself up for a ticket by not bringing the antlers out.  If you are in a 4pt or better unit you need them to prove what you shot.  Also in states like Utah that has a spike only hunt you need them to prove that what you shot was a spike.  Now if you are archery hunting here in Colorado then it wouldn't matter if you have a either sex tag. 

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Still Hunter wrote:

My antlers are probably mounted somewhere all over the US, because I never take them.

I only take them as backup proof of the sex. I don't chase antlers or trophies either, never have made my hunts about that.  Don't get me wrong though...... I've never passed up the opportunity the few times I had a nice 6 point in my sights.

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I'm ok. No restrictions in my

I'm ok. No restrictions in my unit, and it's the only unit i've ever hunted.

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Western,when I hunted the private ranch there was a very skilled ranch hand who would clean, butcher, and wrap the meat for us. We would just use the ATVs to bring the animal out whole. Wish I could convince that guy to follow me around the mountain every year! Whistling

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Wings wrote:

Western,when I hunted the private ranch there was a very skilled ranch hand who would clean, butcher, and wrap the meat for us. We would just use the ATVs to bring the animal out whole. Wish I could convince that guy to follow me around the mountain every year! Whistling

 

Yeah I hear ya, it sure would be nice to have that type service.  Truth be told I hate field dressing out game, but it's all part of the hunt. I rarely anymore have anyone else in close proximity to my kill site when I down an animal so I end up doing most if not all my own field dressing all by myself. Sometimes I end up packing out my elk all by myself too.

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