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1/4ing deer for pack out #7368951 12/06/18 08:54 PM
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Only done it once, so looking for perhaps a better way. It seems that if you are packing out a buck in an external frame pack, you wouldn't need to field dress. With deer on his back, you could remove hind quarters with cutting at the joint, and also shed some weight by cutting legs off at the next joint. Same for front shoulders. No skinning at this point. Roll him over to remove back straps, cut the head off at the base and you have yet to have to saw or chop through bone. Is there a better way?


An unethical shot is one you take, that you know you shouldn't.
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Before I shoot anything I make sure I can drive to it. I am too old for packing anything heavier than a 6 pack.

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Originally Posted by don k
Before I shoot anything I make sure I can drive to it. I am too old for packing anything heavier than a 6 pack.



lol444 Truth right there

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You just re-invented a great method. Google "gutless method" and there are a ton of really helpful videos and such.

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Originally Posted by SherpaPhil
You just re-invented a great method. Google "gutless method" and there are a ton of really helpful videos and such.

Necessity is the mother of invention. In this case, it was a real mother.


An unethical shot is one you take, that you know you shouldn't.
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Originally Posted by don k
Before I shoot anything I make sure I can drive to it. I am too old for packing anything heavier than a 6 pack.

PREACH!!!

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just how far back in the woods are you hunting? and what kind of deer? maybe I'm just a big guy that drag them to where I can load them including to several CO mulies


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Originally Posted by onlysmith&wesson
Only done it once, so looking for perhaps a better way. It seems that if you are packing out a buck in an external frame pack, you wouldn't need to field dress. With deer on his back, you could remove hind quarters with cutting at the joint, and also shed some weight by cutting legs off at the next joint. Same for front shoulders. No skinning at this point. Roll him over to remove back straps, cut the head off at the base and you have yet to have to saw or chop through bone. Is there a better way?


That's how I do it but I do remove the hide from the quarters. I have a Havalon knife with the replaceable scalpel on one end and regular knife blade on the other end. That's all you need.

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It's been a looong time since I brought out anything but meat. (I have, but not often) Bone em' out on the spot. Learned that hunting elk in the mountains and I guess it just stuck. No desire to carry around the weight of bones and hide and stuff I can't eat.


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Originally Posted by RattlesnakeDan
It's been a looong time since I brought out anything but meat. (I have, but not often) Bone em' out on the spot. Learned that hunting elk in the mountains and I guess it just stuck. No desire to carry around the weight of bones and hide and stuff I can't eat.

Can't debone until final destination or processor.


An unethical shot is one you take, that you know you shouldn't.
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Originally Posted by onlysmith&wesson
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It's been a looong time since I brought out anything but meat. (I have, but not often) Bone em' out on the spot. Learned that hunting elk in the mountains and I guess it just stuck. No desire to carry around the weight of bones and hide and stuff I can't eat.

Can't debone until final destination or processor.

You are right sir, in Texas you have to keep the head attached for proof of sex.


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Re: 1/4ing deer for pack out [Re: RattlesnakeDan] #7369462 12/07/18 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by RattlesnakeDan
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It's been a looong time since I brought out anything but meat. (I have, but not often) Bone em' out on the spot. Learned that hunting elk in the mountains and I guess it just stuck. No desire to carry around the weight of bones and hide and stuff I can't eat.

Can't debone until final destination or processor.

You are right sir, in Texas you have to keep the head attached for proof of sex.

Leave his junk attached to 1/4 for proof of sex. Head comes off to quarter and packed as a separate piece and is not considered as what must be kept and maintained in edible condition. Tag meat, complete back side of license and I'm good. I don't see why the rack could not be removed from the scull as typically done with a hack saw, if I wanted to pack a saw. A hack saw is a whole lot lighter than a head. The more I think about this, the more weight I'm shedding.

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Find a SOG Revolver knife. Knife and saw, one package.

I'd think skinning it would leave a lot of weight behind.

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Re: 1/4ing deer for pack out [Re: sig226fan (Rguns.com)] #7372023 12/10/18 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by sig226fan (Rguns.com)
Find a SOG Revolver knife. Knife and saw, one package.

I'd think skinning it would leave a lot of weight behind.


Knife will work.


An unethical shot is one you take, that you know you shouldn't.
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