figure it's better than the alternative of dirty meat and dirty clothes, backpacks, and tents. I like to keep the blood off my pack and clothes because I don't want to draw bears in while I sleep in the middle of the night. I'm not afraid of the dark - I'm afraid of what's in the dark that I can't see.
I agree 100%, no reason to be lazy and dirty and get meat dirty. Bloody clothes, packs, boots are a real problem at night. At night, I am not interested in anything that is called fair chase. I am interested in winning only and at night I might lose. I don't like losing when my life is on the line.
What I do when far from home is bone out all meat using a 1 mil drop cloth on the spot. This gets the meat into smaller portions and it begins to cool. I then put it into an assortment of quart, gallon and jumbo ziplock bags. The new jumbo sized ziploc bags will hold a boned elk ham. I then line the backpack with a 3 mil garbage bag. So by the time the meat goes into the backpack it is in at least two layers of plastic bags and sometimes three. Even so, there will be leaks and drips but it is not massive amounts of blood like using cloth game bags. I do not hang animals and when it is cut up like this everything has to be put on ice as soon as possible. I treat a dead wild animal the same way I treat a package of chicken from the grocery store.
Skinning and boning out the meat at the site of the kill gets the load down to less than 50% and that is worth the extra time to me at my age. Last year I got all of the meat and the head of an antelope out in one trip like this, even carrying the 18 pound 240 Wby (and all of my trash such as the drop cloth). That was a very painful mile back to the truck, but it got the job done. In the end, I paid $70 to donate the meat to charity, but the meat was clean and well taken care of.
One thing I learned from Jimm is to have plastic gloves available. They keep your hands warm when it is cold and you can just throw them away (but not in the woods) later. I buy the expensive kitchen gloves at Safeway when they are on sale for half price. I also learned the difference between storage bags and freezer bags.