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Elk-Best frame to pack meat

Uploaded on August 18, 2010

I'm headed to CO next week to bowhunt elk. We came close to success last year but cuz missed at 35 yards. We are on foot so need to know the best pack frame for getting meat off the mountain. We have not found a source for horses to pack an animal out so want to be prepared to de-bone and pack out ourselves. Also, I am flying in so need a frame that adjusts small enough to put in luggage. Does such an item exist?

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

When I go out West I have the name of a local outfitter with horses in case I have a downed animal which cannot be recovered by foot.

I have yet to use his services but it is nice to know the option is there.

The only pack frames I know of are the ones in the Cabelas catalog. I'm not sure how they stack up to other models.

Good luck this fall.

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from Greenhead wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

I have used one from Cabelas for moose and sheep, and have no complaints. It is pretty plain black, with a blaze orange peice of fabric that can unfold to help secure the meat. Its comfortable, and carries plenty of weight.

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from timhansford wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

THey are very expensive but try Mystery Ranch backpacks that are hand made in Bozeman , MT. The NICE Frame with the Crew Cab can hawl a ton of meat. Pricey but very very good.

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from Pvillebowman wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I hope you were successful on your hunt last year and were able to return this year. The reason I am posting on this reply is that I live in Prairieville and have been looking for a bow only club in the BR area. I am familiar with the general area that you hunt. I would like to speak with you about your club if at all possible. I have even considered hunting the Tunica Hills refuge or even the Cat Island area but don't care for the crowds. If you don't mind giving some info on your club email me at sanfordind@yahoo.com or call me 225.636.1420. This would be a secondary place for me, I have a sweet setup in MS.

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from cmh21 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I have found a new plastic rectangular garbage can attached to the frame pack works great. Holds Alot of meat and it will not drip all over you. You must be sure that the meat doesn't fall out when you bend over.

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from therifleman wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I do a lot of back country hunting in Wyoming (lucky enough to live here), and the best thing I've found is a standard military surplus ruck frame. You also have the option of using the frame with a ruck sack attached for packing in, then detaching the sack portion and just using the frame for packing your meat out. If you have another bag you prefer for gear, the ruck frame is pretty easy to tie onto the outside of any pack. I just use the white game bags from walmart, and tie them onto the frame. Another little trick I've learned if you're hunting the back country is to take a big container of ground black pepper with you, and rub it all over your game quarters. It will help keep the flies off, and certainly doesn't hurt the quality of the meat (like having too much salt on it).

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from therifleman wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

disclaimer- by "best," I'm also taking price into account as that's a major factor for me. I've seen them as cheap as $10 in a surplus store. For that price, you can afford to outfit your whole hunting party with them.

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from jwallen wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

I have been using a Kelty frame for about 30 years. We welded a hook on the frame so you can sling the rifle on the hook and your shoulder with the sling under the bottom of the frame. This way you can't drop your rifle even if you tried! The bag I am using is the Cabela's Moose Bag. It is just one big bag with two small bags on the side. I have worn out the original bag and am about due for another but am not sure if the still sell the bag without the frame. I removed all the pins with the annoying split rings and replaced them with 1/4" screws and lock nuts. The shoulder straps are from a newer Cabels's pack that I did not like the frame but the padded straps are perfect. We wrap the aluminum frame with foam refrigeration tubing so it doesn't tink when you go through the brush. This reminds me to pull it out and go over it because we will be in the Brooks Range hunting sheep and caribou in two weeks.

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from Greenhead wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

I have used one from Cabelas for moose and sheep, and have no complaints. It is pretty plain black, with a blaze orange peice of fabric that can unfold to help secure the meat. Its comfortable, and carries plenty of weight.

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from jwallen wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

I have been using a Kelty frame for about 30 years. We welded a hook on the frame so you can sling the rifle on the hook and your shoulder with the sling under the bottom of the frame. This way you can't drop your rifle even if you tried! The bag I am using is the Cabela's Moose Bag. It is just one big bag with two small bags on the side. I have worn out the original bag and am about due for another but am not sure if the still sell the bag without the frame. I removed all the pins with the annoying split rings and replaced them with 1/4" screws and lock nuts. The shoulder straps are from a newer Cabels's pack that I did not like the frame but the padded straps are perfect. We wrap the aluminum frame with foam refrigeration tubing so it doesn't tink when you go through the brush. This reminds me to pull it out and go over it because we will be in the Brooks Range hunting sheep and caribou in two weeks.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

When I go out West I have the name of a local outfitter with horses in case I have a downed animal which cannot be recovered by foot.

I have yet to use his services but it is nice to know the option is there.

The only pack frames I know of are the ones in the Cabelas catalog. I'm not sure how they stack up to other models.

Good luck this fall.

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from timhansford wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

THey are very expensive but try Mystery Ranch backpacks that are hand made in Bozeman , MT. The NICE Frame with the Crew Cab can hawl a ton of meat. Pricey but very very good.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Pvillebowman wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I hope you were successful on your hunt last year and were able to return this year. The reason I am posting on this reply is that I live in Prairieville and have been looking for a bow only club in the BR area. I am familiar with the general area that you hunt. I would like to speak with you about your club if at all possible. I have even considered hunting the Tunica Hills refuge or even the Cat Island area but don't care for the crowds. If you don't mind giving some info on your club email me at sanfordind@yahoo.com or call me 225.636.1420. This would be a secondary place for me, I have a sweet setup in MS.

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from cmh21 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I have found a new plastic rectangular garbage can attached to the frame pack works great. Holds Alot of meat and it will not drip all over you. You must be sure that the meat doesn't fall out when you bend over.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from therifleman wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I do a lot of back country hunting in Wyoming (lucky enough to live here), and the best thing I've found is a standard military surplus ruck frame. You also have the option of using the frame with a ruck sack attached for packing in, then detaching the sack portion and just using the frame for packing your meat out. If you have another bag you prefer for gear, the ruck frame is pretty easy to tie onto the outside of any pack. I just use the white game bags from walmart, and tie them onto the frame. Another little trick I've learned if you're hunting the back country is to take a big container of ground black pepper with you, and rub it all over your game quarters. It will help keep the flies off, and certainly doesn't hurt the quality of the meat (like having too much salt on it).

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from therifleman wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

disclaimer- by "best," I'm also taking price into account as that's a major factor for me. I've seen them as cheap as $10 in a surplus store. For that price, you can afford to outfit your whole hunting party with them.

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