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Re: What about after the shot?

Gut it then try to drag or carry with hide on. Keeps it cleaner. Bone it out if you have a larger pack. Most antelopes can be taken out in one trip.

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Re: What about after the shot?

The problem is i'm going to be 700 miles from home and i'll be staying at a state campground

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Re: What about after the shot?

Get one of those big 150 qt coolers. You can fit a medium sized antelope into one.
Hang the animal the first night to cool it (good luck finding a tree).
If you shoot it in the morning you can use ice in the cooler to cool it.

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Re: What about after the shot?
Alamosa wrote:
Get one of those big 150 qt coolers. You can fit a medium sized antelope into one.
Hang the animal the first night to cool it (good luck finding a tree).
If you shoot it in the morning you can use ice in the cooler to cool it.

Go with the cooler!

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Re: What about after the shot?

Make sure you have a layer between the ice and the meat.

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Re: What about after the shot?
jman474 wrote:
The problem is i'm going to be 700 miles from home and i'll be staying at a state campground

If you will be that far from home you have two options:

1. Make prior arrangements with a game processing butcher shop in the local area you'll be hunting. Pay them to take care of it.
2. Get it to camp. Skin and rough butcher there and store the meat in a couple coolers for further processing once home.

You could also high tail it home once you've field dresses it. But depending on the time of day and your own personal condition, that may bot be the best idea.

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Re: What about after the shot?

A goat has no rib meat to speak of so I go gutless method right were I shoot them. Skin one side remove the front and rear quarter and backstrap flip over and repeat .Take the head and cape if its a nice buck and have the whole thing in the cooler in 30 or 40 min.I use frozen milk jugs ,they last longer and the meat wont get wet. For the long drive home use dry ice but it must be in a double ziplock because if it gets wet it's gone.Good luck have fun and DON'T shoot the first one you see,take your time and enjoy the hunt!!

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Re: What about after the shot?

Above poster is right on. Get antelope in the cooler as soon as possible! Gutless method as described above is the way to go. I have also used a custom built hanger from my reciever hitch whenever possible to allow me to stand up. Don't forget the inside loins, either. I like the frozen milk jug idea, good tip. An antelope done gutless-style will fit into a regular sized cooler with one bag of ice. I'll generally lay a bag of ice in the bottom, lay a garbage bag over the top and stack the meat on top in game bags. Drain water excess water often.

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After field dressed and back

After field dressed and back at camp we hang them from a hitch pole and skin em.  Then quater them out taking all edibale meat and leaving some sort of sex identity.  The quaters then go in the cooler ASAP.

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For me, I gut it and take it

For me, I gut it and take it to the local processor who does a great job of cutting it up, vacuum packing it and freezing it.  Just pick it up, put it in the cooler with dry ice and we're good to go for the trip home.

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