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Rules with packing out elk

What rules are there concerning packing out elk or other game in Colorado. What do you do with the gut pile? If you debone the animal can you leave the carcass? I plan on hunting hard and being successful

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Rules with packing out elk

look up this web site-
http://wildlife.state.co.us/

where and when are you going to be hunting-
private/public guided unguided?
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I'm probably taking

I'm probably taking liberities that I shouldn't admit to.  We always bone out the meat. I leave all the bones and gut pile on the mountain.  So it's sometimes difficult to prove evidence of sex.  Bulls I always take out the horns.  But after skinning and boning, I don't usually have a recognizable portion of meat. So we place the testicles or the udder ( depending on sex) in a bag and carry it along with us. But it's not still attached to any bulk chunk of meat.   To be honest we are so far back in, That we just never see a ranger or game warden.  Most often the gut pile is totally gone the next weekend we return. The natural critters make fast work of it.

Had a guy a few years ago, come into our camp and ask us to use our horses.  He had shot a rag horn and had packed out the head and was too tired to go back in the 7 miles to get the meat. I'm not opposed to helping a guy out if I'm in the area. But I wasn't about to take a day off from hunting and load my horses in the trailer, drag them 20 miles down a forest service road, ride 7 miles in and 7 miles back to be a good neighbor. I paid my  money for my hunting tag, I paid the expense to feed and care for horses all year. I wanted to hunt, not go help somebody else. I asked the guy what he was thinking to hike in that far with no retrieval plan.  He was fully thinking somebody with horses would help him out.

Alaska requires you to retrieve the meat before retrieving the trophy portions  ( horn or skin)  But I know of no law in the intermaountain west that dictates what you retrieve first

 

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Here in Colorado you need to

Here in Colorado you need to leave the evidence of sex on a piece of meat and not just in a bag. 

A friend of mine did that for years.  He would just throw it into a plastic bag and then into a game bag.  Then one year as he pulled into camp he spotted a nice new truck with red and blue lights on the top of it.  He didn't get a ticket but a very stern warning about what he was suppose to do and the right way to do it. 

As for me in 25 years of hunting here in Colorado I have never been checked, but then there is always the first time sooner or later. 

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Re: Rules with packing out elk
trouthunter wrote:
What rules are there concerning packing out elk or other game in Colorado.

You have to pack out all edible portions. Just taking the back quarters or backstrap and leaving the rest is considered wasting game.

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What do you do with the gut pile?

Coyotes and birds seem to like them. Internal organs are not considered edible.

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If you debone the animal can you leave the carcass?

Yes, if deboning means you will still be packing out the edible meat.

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Internal organs are not

Internal organs are not considered edible.

Whoa there - somebody doesn't know what's good. Last time I checked, heart and liver are internal organs, and they are delicious when properly prepared. The same could also be said for the kidneys - ever hear of Steak and Kidney Pie?

Whenever we are hunting, if we get a deer in the morning, we have fresh liver and onions for lunch. The heart gets pickled and eaten with cheese and crackers a few weeks later.

Although I don't personally take the kidneys, I have had steak and kidney pie that was made by the very English mother of a friend of mine. It was excellent - almost as good as her standing rib roast that she made the following week. Thumbs up

In Michigan, we always take the whole animal out since it usually isn't very far (1/2 mile or less) to a road where you can pick it up with your vehicle. The animal is either taken to a professional processor, who trims most of the skinny meat off and grinds it into burger, or it is butchered at home, as I do. I have been reading up on some of the techniques that are employed out west for boning an animal in the field, but the group I will be hunting with usually takes theirs back to their camp and bones it out there.

 

 

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one other thing

Don't forget to leave evidence of sex naturally attached

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same everywhere

The rules for packing out game animals should be the same everywhere.  DO NOT WASTE!  When I hunted Alaska, the department of Wildlife flies over on a regular basis and if they find a kill site that has left meat to waste, they land and go after them.  I believe it's basically the same everywhere, except maybe they don't fly over.

When I elk hunt deep in the wilderness (two to four miles), I quarter my elk, take the backstrap out, clean between the ribs and leave the ribcage for the critters.  I like to think that nothing is wasted.  Where I hunt deer, I have the luxury of field dressing it on the spot, leaving the gut pile for the coyotes and birds, hauling it out on a four wheeler and hanging it to skin and cool out.  I then take the whole animal home where I process it myself.

It worries me when someone wants to know what they "have" to take out when they kill an animal.  If you are willing to hike all that way in to get something, you better be willing to carry it all out.  I personally don't eat the liver and heart, but I carry them out and give them to friends that do.

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in edition to the above and

in edition to the above and someone please correct me if I'm wrong.  The antlers must be brought out with the last load unless you have buddies and can get if all in one trip.

 

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Bull Buster wrote:

in edition to the above and someone please correct me if I'm wrong.  The antlers must be brought out with the last load unless you have buddies and can get if all in one trip.

 

No rules about bringing them out last but they need to come out. 

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No such rule-I think

Was just looking this up, here's all it says under the evidence of sex and antler points:  Head or skull plate, with both antlers natuarally attached must accompany the carcass of bulls in camp or in transit when the scrotum or testicles are used as evidence of sex.

Then under the prohibited methods it says:  Felony:  kill and abandon game.  It is illegal to remove only the hide, antlers or other trophy parts  and leave the carcass in the field.

 

I'll look at the online regs too, not just the brochure, but I don't believe that it is a regulation to take the head last.

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