Dragging does suck, but for some reason I always do. I always tell myself, the next animal I shoot that I am going to debone it and pack it out. Then I think , what the heck the truck is only a little ways ahead. by the time I am into the drag a couple hundred yards, I regret my decision. So hopefully we'll see what happens this year.Sounds like I should start another poll about dragging vs. boning and packing.
Another thing I have never ever done since the dead elk at the bottom story is to drag a deer.
I have packed out several 160'ish bucks on my own, and a few packs that held 1/2 of a spike elk.
I have a bad ACL, so up hills are preferred to down hills in my case.Are we talking hiking UP XYZ yards or DOWN XYZ yards? Last years buck I went up a very steep mt to kill one, 1 good kick sent it nearly halfway down to the road, next kick took it down to 10 yards from the road where I dressed it. I really don't care to haul things UP out of hellholes anymore, no matter how big the antlers are.
This has been a gripe of mine ever since the gutless method of boning out a animal has become popular. Even last year I found 2 deer with only the hinds, back straps and head that were brought out with the front shoulders and ribs left behind. They didn't even bother to get the tenderloins out either. They were close enough together that I surmised that they were shot by the same group of hunters.It amazes me how little of the deer some guys bring out of the deep holes/long packs. A couple years ago I shot a 7 year old buck that I had to pack out of a hole about 3/4 mile up hill and then it was 2.1 miles to the truck. My pack with the boned out meat, cape, skull, spotter, ML and a little minor gear weighed 133 lbs. I'll make two trips the next time.
I hear ya on this one too. And often times these are the guys who will tell you they shot that small buck because they were "meat hunting"It amazes me how little of the deer some guys bring out of the deep holes/long packs.
Ouch!!! on your ACL, on several counts.I'm somewhere in between the "500 yards" and the "however far it takes". 2500 verticle feet would have me guessing if it is worth it. I've packed animals out of holes and I hope to do it again, but sometimes a guy has to know his limitations.
It amazes me how little of the deer some guys bring out of the deep holes/long packs. A couple years ago I shot a 7 year old buck that I had to pack out of a hole about 3/4 mile up hill and then it was 2.1 miles to the truck. My pack with the boned out meat, cape, skull, spotter, ML and a little minor gear weighed 133 lbs. I'll make two trips the next time.
Lone- I hear you on the ACL. I packed out 5 deer and a moose last year with no ACL. Uphill was manageable, but downhill was brutal. Now I have a new ACL, ALL, and meniscus repair so I can't pack anything this Fall. Not sure which is worse......
Boning it out is the way to go. Takes some time the first few tries, but definitely no need for a saw, or to pack out extra weight in bones.I don't carry a saw anymore, just spare knife blades. You can dismember and bone out without a saw. I'm a hack, but getting better at this.