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Meat tarps

diamond10x

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Apr 9, 2018
Location
Texas
#1
what all kinda tarps does everyone use to lay quarters out on in the field? Been looking at using a kifaru sheep tarp or seek outside Colorado tarp to put down for laying meat on in the field, anyone use either of these? If not what do you use?

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ljalberta

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Dec 7, 2015
#2
I've always just used a 'clean' rock, the animals hide, or dropped the meat into a game bag and placed that somewhere. That being said, if you're looking for an economic option, check out Borah Gear. I have their 5.5'x9' tarp, although they have other sizes as well. I am more than happy with the quality and service provided by Borah and would certainly recommend them.
 

AK Troutbum

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Apr 22, 2012
Location
Chugiak, Alaska
#3
I’ve always just bought a large role of cheap, really thin (0.7mm), visqueen from someplace like Lowe’s and cut a large enough section off to do the job. I’ve never weighed it but I’m guessing probably right around 1 oz. or so. I always carry some in my kill kit, usually about 6’x10’, give or take, and have used it for multiple things besides just laying quarters on. I’ve used it to put down over a depression, to collect rain water on an otherwise dry mountain top (kept me from having to desend a couple thousand feet to collect water), i’ve also used it to cover meat to keep it from getting wet. When I’m done with the hunt, it just gets thrown away.


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ljalberta

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Dec 7, 2015
#4
I’ve always just bought a large role of cheap, really thin (0.7mm), visqueen from someplace like Lowe’s and cut a large enough section off to do the job. I’ve never weighed it but I’m guessing probably right around 1 oz. or so. I always carry some in my kill kit, usually about 6’x10’, give or take, and have used it for multiple things besides just laying quarters on. I’ve used it to put down over a depression, to collect rain water on an otherwise dry mountain top (kept me from having to desend a couple thousand feet to collect water), i’ve also used it to cover meat to keep it from getting wet. When I’m done with the hunt, it just gets thrown away.

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Well dang. Might just have to give that a go sometime.
 

doverpack12

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Mar 6, 2013
#6
I use a piece of tyvek. I tried the super thin window shrink wrap and while it was lite it was way to slick and the meat stuck to it easily. The Tyvek is not quite as slick and still pretty lite and easy to see against since it is white. I crumple the tyvek up after I'm finished and put it in an outside pocket of my pack and throw it away. Around 3x4 or5 works well for a size. I've tried smaller and while it works it gets tight to lay an elk quarter on prior to deboning.
 

hflier

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Mar 18, 2012
Location
Tulsa, OK
#7
I tried thin plastics sheeting. Tore easily and blew around too easy. I now use tyvek. Works pretty good.


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5MilesBack

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Feb 27, 2012
Location
Colorado Springs
#9
After skinning the hide down it makes for a nice clean spot to lay meat or quarters until I put them into game bags. But they don't lay there long, as they're going in the bag as soon as I've got the bag open.
 

Kevin Dill

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Aug 26, 2014
#11
I've used Tyvek with good results. It's washable and durable, plus makes a good shade tarp over a meat pole or cache. I've also used a silnylon tarp I made myself. It folds very small and weighs nothing. One nice thing about it is the slick surface makes it less sticky to meat, and it washes very easily after use.
 

MuleyFever

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Nov 7, 2012
Location
S. UTAH
#14
I usually just put the meat straight into my meat bags. May try contractor bags this year. One for the ground and one in by bag to keep blood off everything.
 

rayporter

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Jul 3, 2014
Location
arkansas or ohio
#16
space blankets work as does the visqueen. if you buy a painters drop cloth it will be folded very compactly and take up almost no space. they are cheap and light wt.

if you can hang it just leave the hide on until the end. then peel off the hide and debone last.
 

Fitzwho

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Apr 18, 2017
Location
Midland, TX
#17
I use a MSR groundsheet from a tent I no longer have. If it’s windy, it already has points to stake it down. Works well for laying out a hide or cape that your keeping and folding it all up as well.
 

mtnkid85

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Jul 31, 2012
Location
Beartooth Mtns, MT
#19
I generally pack a contractor garbage bag with me, Ill lay a quarter on it if need be.

I also own the sheep tarp, I wouldn't use it for a meat tarp though. For one its a nice tarp and its relatively pricey. Id hate to poke holes in it by stacking meat on it.
Plus I don't love the idea of soaking my shelters in blood, I already feel like a bear taco while I'm trying to fall asleep underneath them without adding any seasoning to them. lol
 
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