Boned out buck what size pack?

Solitude

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I am sure this has been asked many times, what minimum size pack for a boned out mule deer? Can I fit it in a 3700 in your opinion?
 

evan williams

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I guess that depends on what else you are trying to get out of the high country? I got all of my bucks meat and head/cape out in a 3200 with room to spare. I have a buddy who has done it in a Badlands 2800. So I would say with the 3700 you will be able to get all of your buck out and have some room extra for camp items. My 2 cents.
 

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Although I haven't done it before I could fit a whole deer on/in my Badlands 2200 given that it doesn't have a HUGE body. In 2010 I packed two hind quarters and the head and cape from my buck along with my tripod spotting scope and other day hunt supplies... I know I could have fit it all in there had I boned it out, might not have been too comfy or have enough room for ANYTHING else but I coulda squeezed it all in there... So I know you could fit it all in a 3700 cu in pack with room to spare... IMO
 

justin davis

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Minimum would probably be 2000 cu in pack I would guess. Smallest I have personally used was a Kifaru Late Season 3200 cu.
 

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I would say the meat takes up 1500-2000 cubic inches by itself. Figure out what your gear takes and add them together. Or you can put some of your gear on the outside of the pack. A 2200 will do it, but I wouldn't go much smaller.
 
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i take a bigger pack into camp and remove the lid and then cinch it down into a small day pack. that way when i get something i can bring it back with me even when i am carrying cold weather gear
 

pronghorn

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I have personally hauled a quartered out deer in my 2800. I have a friend who has packed a couple in his 2200.
 

Lukem

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How carefully are you guys boning a deer. 2 years ago I hauled out my deer in a Eberle Gunslinger which is like 2800 CI and my pack weighed ~70# (and was completely full of meat), my dad also carried a load of about 40#. This was boned meat with only a few tools, water, etc., as I had already made a trip out with my gear to meet my dad. I'm not trying to nitpick guys and how much they take or leave on a deer, but how much can you carry with a 2200 CI pack? I've hauled out 3 mulies and it's always taken me 2 trips (disclaimer: I'm a skinny weakling.)
 

muleyman

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In Colorado this last year my hunting partner and I used the Eberlestock J34 and they were great! They won't haul an entire camp and a deer without the spike duffel though. We did have room for a deer, a rifle, and extra layers of clothes.
 
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