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#3325927 - 08/17/13 06:45 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: RockChucker30]
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I love my ENO hammock, I have looked into a Clark Jungle Hammock but since I purchased a Underquilt from Kickass quilts I can hammock in any temp with no worries. Im looking at upgrading my rainfly to a warbonnet.

The gutless method is ideal for sure, my only worry is getting the cape cool and keeping it in good condition. The meat is less sensitive than the cape IMO.
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#3325999 - 08/17/13 07:49 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: RockChucker30]
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done it both ways. To me its much easier to pack the quarter than debone. Last one we deboned it was like trying to pack out a wad of jello, main load always trying to ride down real low.
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#3327594 - 08/19/13 08:13 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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I've never hunted out West or tackled an animal bigger than a Whitetail, but I do not see myself ever going for the gutless method. It doesn't take long, I want the heart and liver, plus, having the guts out allows you to take your time with the butchering.

I suppose that a criticism out West would be that the gut pile attracts more scavengers. On the flipside, though, I suppose that it would equally offer a "decoy" for said scavengers.

As far as packing, again, I've only done whitetail, but I prefer to pack out in quarters because it is faster and I want the bones for stock. With an 800 pound animal down, miles from relief, however, boning out on the spot makes the most sense. I'm guessing I would play that one according to the situation. If killing an Elk were a regular event, I'd probably bone out when appropriate. If it were my first Elk kill or a once in a life time hunt such as Buffalo in Alaska, I'd definitely go to extreme measures to pack out the bones. Game stock is more valuable, useful, nutritious & tasty than any single cut of meat on the animal, but, of course there are a number of variables with regards to backcountry hunting and packing bones out could mean 2-3 extra trips, which may not be feasible.
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#3327686 - 08/19/13 09:14 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser


I suppose that a criticism out West would be that the gut pile attracts more scavengers. On the flipside, though, I suppose that it would equally offer a "decoy" for said scavengers.
I'd probably bone out when appropriate. If it were my first Elk kill or a once in a life time hunt such as Buffalo in Alaska, I'd definitely go to extreme measures to pack out the bones. Game stock is more valuable, useful, nutritious & tasty than any single cut of meat on the animal, but, of course there are a number of variables with regards to backcountry hunting and packing bones out could mean 2-3 extra trips, which may not be feasible.


I would love to have a wolf come in to one of my gut piles, I would be packing another animal out! Now a grizz or mountain lion is another story, one is too dang big and off limits to shoot and the other is too dang sneaky.

The only bones I pack out are the antlers attached to a skull plate, I have not been spoiled on game bone stock so only the muscle taste good to me.
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#3327837 - 08/19/13 11:10 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: AT Hiker]
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I'll be out there in colorado 9/7 - 9/15
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#3328045 - 08/19/13 02:36 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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You will pack bones out one time....you'll never do it twice. A 100 lb backpack of boned out meat becomes personal when you're 4 miles from camp. I will be danged If I tote bones also.
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#3328287 - 08/19/13 06:04 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: UPSman]
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To each his own. Packed out probably 30 plus elk on pack frames, some mine, others in our group. A Mule or Horse is the BEST way, but cant hardly get one into the bowl we hunt due to the steepness.
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#3328421 - 08/19/13 07:47 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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 Originally Posted By: tickweed
To each his own. Packed out probably 30 plus elk on pack frames, some mine, others in our group. A Mule or Horse is the BEST way, but cant hardly get one into the bowl we hunt due to the steepness.


I envy you because you have been on so many elk hunts, on the other hand it must have sucked to be you for a little while.
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#3328478 - 08/19/13 08:28 PM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: AT Hiker]
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 Originally Posted By: AT Hiker
 Originally Posted By: tickweed
To each his own. Packed out probably 30 plus elk on pack frames, some mine, others in our group. A Mule or Horse is the BEST way, but cant hardly get one into the bowl we hunt due to the steepness.


I envy you because you have been on so many elk hunts, on the other hand it must have sucked to be you for a little while.
Yes, you would be correct. I remember several times I had a ham on my frame, and approaching the last 500 yds below camp. This is a very steep climb, where you have to hold onto bushes to climb. I've been down on my knees crawling at times, and wondering if I was going to get out myself. I'm now 53, and am starting to get a little tired. I still love it. We have taken lots of Elk since the early ninetys out of what we call the bowl, but it is a very physical hunt. Got a young first timer going with me this time, I'm planning on breaking him in.
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#3328733 - 08/20/13 05:51 AM Re: Colorado elk bowhunt, anyone going? [Re: tickweed]
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It's amazing how the pain fades from memory...

While you're suffering you swear you're nuts and you'll never shoot a bull in that spot again. Then the next year you can't wait to go do it all again.

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