I solo hunt the last 4 years and when I get a bull down I’ll typically quarter it with bone on because I’m in grizzly country and want to get the hell out of there ASAP. The last couple I took out the tenderloins, backstraps and a front and rear he first trip. Then a front and rear the second trip. Last I go back for the head. These were only a mile +\- packouts so that’s why I did it that way. When I get one further I’ll take both fronts and backstraps, tenderloins first. Then a trip for a rear and head, last trip for the final rear. I am sure that better ways are possible but it’s just what I do. It’s a tall order but totally doable and makes every bite of it that much more memorable. Good luckHey guys will be doing my First elk hunt this year in Idaho will Be Going solo, my cousin might be able to join me for a day or 2 but not sure if he will be able to take time off yet. Anyway I’ve been training with a 50lb bag of sand in my pack and am going to Be moving up to an 80lbs bag next week. I’m 28 and I’m in pretty good shape. I plan on hiking in from
Camp a few miles for the hunt.
So my question is if I am Lucky enough to get a bull down how many trips do you guys usually take to pack out an elk? And in
What order do you take the quarters out. I’m comfortable with quartering an elk out and getting it hung up just curious how many trips you guys take to pack your elk out?
For packing out an elk I’d recommend two things: a good pack and trekking poles. You can score some decent poles at Costco or look at close outs at STP. Wish I’d started using poles earlier in my elk hunting days.