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Big Game Hunting

What's the furthest you've packed out a big animal?

Uploaded on May 31, 2012

Like an elk or moose.

I've passed up shots knowing I was looking at six miles of sidehill much of it through a blow down. And I tend to have better luck in winter when game is down low (within reach of the winch).

Without the big $$s for pack animals or a guided hunt, wilderness hunting requires a big pack out, I was wondering how many people do that and how far.

Thanks in advance.

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from 268bull wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Elk... approximately 1 mile, a lot of blowdown, vinemaple, and boomer holes ( unseen, hidden beneath bracken fern )I once boned out a mulie I had taken around 4 miles back in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness ( mid - 80's )Even though I packed him up to the Pacific Crest trail, then headed south to the trail head, didn't want to do that one again!

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from BigBboy25 wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

The farthest I've packed an elk is a couple miles and I didn't enjoy it. I too have passed up elk because of the hell hole they were in.

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from fezzant wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Elk I've packed out about 1.5 miles by myself, although I have been prepared to go as far as 5 miles in the past. Deer I have hiked out about 2.5 miles. Hoping to have a pack mule soon.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Myself and 3 buddies packed out 3 mule deer 6 miles. We had to hang part of them high up in trees and go back for a second trip, because we had tents and camping supplies too the first trip.

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from 357 wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Elk 3 miles 4 trips to get it all out.

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from huntinbud wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

Far enough that we seriously considered either setting up a permanent camp and eating that animal until we finished it or committing suicide!!! At times there is a serious disconnect between the trigger finger and the brain of the average hunter...by hunter I mean those of us that actually get our fat, lazy behinds out of the truck....lol!!

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from DEER30 wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

I dragged a 9pt I killed in 2010 out from 3 miles deep in the VA mountains. It took my buddy and I 4 hours to get it to the road, 2 hours to hike back to the truck, and 1 hour to get back to the house. We had to drag because VA required a full body to get taxidermy tags.

Turns out though that the buck was not my biggest deer by less than 10" of bone and so I could not justify having it mounted. I am still buying my buddy beers for his help when we could have packed it out.

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from bruisedsausage wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

Elk...Two years ago, bagged a mature bull 5 miles in. I did short spurts of distance 5 times. One trip for each leg, and then my pack with the neck/ribs/backstrap/tenderloins, and head/hide. I would pack each to a cache site about 200-300 yds and then go back and get the next. And so on and so forth, until I made it back to my truck. The next day an elderly lady passed me on the sidewalk.LOL

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from rock rat wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

Interesting strategy Bruised, I"m thinking you were able to keep a fairly close eye on all the meat and your gear would have been close by for camping. Fifty miles all together? Half with weight.

I met a college kid packing out 2 quarters and the horns 5 miles. He'd taken a college mate from out of state hunting, his buddy shot the elk close to dark, took the backstraps, liver, heart, tenderloin, out the night before, then recruited another student and a visitor from out of state to hike in the next morning. When I met them they were waiting for a ride at the trail head. It was a pretty easy 5 miles on an old dirt road but still a long way, and that local kid was carrying a rear and front quarter plus some horns.

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from bruisedsausage wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

I had to do it that way right out of the gate, due to the "gators" that were hanging around. It took me a full day to get it done. Two days really, but within 24 hrs I was at home with meat on the pole.

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from chuckles wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

My worst one was a cow and calf that was only 1/2 mile but probably close to a 1/4 mile in elevation at the same time. Four of us did it in three trips.
My buddy always told at some point during the day. "You shoot one down there you better take a knife and fork." Words to live by.

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from 268bull wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Elk... approximately 1 mile, a lot of blowdown, vinemaple, and boomer holes ( unseen, hidden beneath bracken fern )I once boned out a mulie I had taken around 4 miles back in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness ( mid - 80's )Even though I packed him up to the Pacific Crest trail, then headed south to the trail head, didn't want to do that one again!

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from BigBboy25 wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

The farthest I've packed an elk is a couple miles and I didn't enjoy it. I too have passed up elk because of the hell hole they were in.

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from fezzant wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Elk I've packed out about 1.5 miles by myself, although I have been prepared to go as far as 5 miles in the past. Deer I have hiked out about 2.5 miles. Hoping to have a pack mule soon.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Myself and 3 buddies packed out 3 mule deer 6 miles. We had to hang part of them high up in trees and go back for a second trip, because we had tents and camping supplies too the first trip.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 357 wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Elk 3 miles 4 trips to get it all out.

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from huntinbud wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

Far enough that we seriously considered either setting up a permanent camp and eating that animal until we finished it or committing suicide!!! At times there is a serious disconnect between the trigger finger and the brain of the average hunter...by hunter I mean those of us that actually get our fat, lazy behinds out of the truck....lol!!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from DEER30 wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

I dragged a 9pt I killed in 2010 out from 3 miles deep in the VA mountains. It took my buddy and I 4 hours to get it to the road, 2 hours to hike back to the truck, and 1 hour to get back to the house. We had to drag because VA required a full body to get taxidermy tags.

Turns out though that the buck was not my biggest deer by less than 10" of bone and so I could not justify having it mounted. I am still buying my buddy beers for his help when we could have packed it out.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from bruisedsausage wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

Elk...Two years ago, bagged a mature bull 5 miles in. I did short spurts of distance 5 times. One trip for each leg, and then my pack with the neck/ribs/backstrap/tenderloins, and head/hide. I would pack each to a cache site about 200-300 yds and then go back and get the next. And so on and so forth, until I made it back to my truck. The next day an elderly lady passed me on the sidewalk.LOL

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from rock rat wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

Interesting strategy Bruised, I"m thinking you were able to keep a fairly close eye on all the meat and your gear would have been close by for camping. Fifty miles all together? Half with weight.

I met a college kid packing out 2 quarters and the horns 5 miles. He'd taken a college mate from out of state hunting, his buddy shot the elk close to dark, took the backstraps, liver, heart, tenderloin, out the night before, then recruited another student and a visitor from out of state to hike in the next morning. When I met them they were waiting for a ride at the trail head. It was a pretty easy 5 miles on an old dirt road but still a long way, and that local kid was carrying a rear and front quarter plus some horns.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from bruisedsausage wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

I had to do it that way right out of the gate, due to the "gators" that were hanging around. It took me a full day to get it done. Two days really, but within 24 hrs I was at home with meat on the pole.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from chuckles wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

My worst one was a cow and calf that was only 1/2 mile but probably close to a 1/4 mile in elevation at the same time. Four of us did it in three trips.
My buddy always told at some point during the day. "You shoot one down there you better take a knife and fork." Words to live by.

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