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Regulations on boning out meat

I was just talking to a buddy about how my grouped boned out most of the elk they took this year. He has hunted Alaska and said that there are parts of the state where you aren't allowed to bone out your meat. Is that true? What is the reasoning behind that?

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boning out

The rule is to prevent people from shooting an animal and leaving everything but the choice cuts and trophy.

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It is only on designated

It is only on designated parts of the animal and only in certain game management areas.  The information can be found on page 22 of the Alaskan big game hunting regs. 

http://winfonet.alaska.gov/internet/downloads/regulations_complete.pdf

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That would be fun.  Shoot a

That would be fun.  Shoot a 1400 pound Alaskan bull moose, 5 miles back into a bog or swamp, and have to drag it out... lol

Interesting rule.  I have heard of similar laws, but usually, they let you do it, as long as all "usable" parts are taken and no meat is wasted.  Some laws even go into what is considered "usable".

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If you look at the link that

If you look at the link that I provided you only need to bring our the whole piece of meat in certin game management areas and not all of them.  Also the satisticis show that the vast majority of moose are killed within 1/4 mile of a road for the very reason that you mentioned. 

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So the shows we watch where

So the shows we watch where the hunters go deep into the wilderness to take their big moose are a rarity?  Huh.  I surely know that if I hunted moose, I would want them to fall close to a road. 

My cousin actually shot a 756 pounder up in Maine a few years ago.  She dropped it in the middle of the dirt logging road. Thumbs up

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No, many moose are taken

No, many moose are taken waaay back. But you fly in and get dropped off, or float a river, or take your ATV, mud buggy , or track rig, miles back.One of my good friends has a group that makes a 46 mi trip on ATV's every year. That's just on the way in,this year ywo of them rolled their ATV's on the way in,Their group of four took three bulls, but they were not alone, their are others that do the same an some that do a lot more. And that way back in the wilderness yu see on TV is probably someones backyard here, while Alaska is vast, there are people with homesteds scattered throughout the state, villages abound on rivers and coastlines. Yes you can be a long way from anything, but in most cases your probably less than a day away,from someones backyard.

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Alaska hunting

One more interesting regulation for those hunting in Alaska is that ALL meat must be packed out before the antlers are brought out. This is to try and ensure no one leaves the meat, simply hauling out the antlers. 

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So many people up depend on

So many people up depend on game meat that wanton waste is one of the worst violation you can get. You will get off easier if you are caught poaching a moose than leaving edible meat to the ravens. That is the logic behind meat before trophy I do think the no boning rule is a bit much.

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I agree as the years sneak up

I agree as the years sneak up on me the less I have to pack the better,My friends and I hunt for the meat waste is the last thing we want, but this rule requires bringing out a lot of bone that will not be used and end up in the dump, if those bones were left in the field they would mostly be consumed by something.

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We cut all of our bones up

We cut all of our bones up then cook them up for broth then give the bones to the dogs. A moose will give you 5 or 6 cases of  canned broth easy.

You right the older I get the lighter loads I like.smile

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