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Old 07-18-2011, 10:04 PM
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Re: good pack for elk

Browninglover, you've got to be the toughest SOB in the woods if you can pack out a hindquarter, a front quarter, the backstraps and the tenderloins plus your riffle and water. Thats got to be pushing 200 pnds or more. Hell, thats all I ever put on my horse at one time. I bow down to you.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:18 PM
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Re: good pack for elk

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Browninglover, you've got to be the toughest SOB in the woods if you can pack out a hindquarter, a front quarter, the backstraps and the tenderloins plus your riffle and water. Thats got to be pushing 200 pnds or more. Hell, thats all I ever put on my horse at one time. I bow down to you.
I was thinking something along those lines also. I know the type of weight I can dead-lift and squat and knowing that, I can't imagine carrying 160-200lb on my back for any length > than a football field. Then, add rocks, unstable slopes, snow, ice, wet leaves, possibly some steep uphill and that is a real challenge. I might just drop dead trying to do that. I suppose there are worse ways to go.

I am currently walking 2 miles during lunch with a pack that weights 37lb. I think I need to put some more rocks in it.
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:37 AM
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Re: good pack for elk

Guys to be fair they were not huge bulls but I've done the same thing with 4 different elk. The first time we tried it we were back in a little farther than we wanted to be and there was no way in hell I was going to make two trips (there were two of us, which would have been 4 backpack loads) to get the spike elk out. So we decided we'd try to do it in one trip and we loaded our backpacks up. Then we put them on while they were on the ground, but they were so heavy we had to help each other stand up. A mile and a half later we were at the truck and couldn't believe we had done it.

That night I shot a MUCH bigger bodied elk and it took me 3 back pack loads to get him out but I only had to take him about a quarter mile out to the truck. That winter we got an average sized cow and got her in two backpack loads and then last fall we got another spike and that's the load I talked about in my first post. So my first post was probably a little misleading if people thought I was packing out a huge bull, but the spikes we shoot are as big as the cow elk we've shot through the years. However I've heard the cows in Wyoming are bigger than they are here so take that for what it's worth. But my pack had tons of room to spare with the load mentioned in my first post and I don't know how much it actually weighed but I was super glad when we got to the truck. By the way every time we've packed an elk out like this it's been all down hill, I don't think my legs could handle it if I had to go uphill farther than the 100 or 200 yards to get to the ridgeline.

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Old 07-19-2011, 09:40 AM
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I was thinking something along those lines also. I know the type of weight I can dead-lift and squat and knowing that, I can't imagine carrying 160-200lb on my back for any length > than a football field. Then, add rocks, unstable slopes, snow, ice, wet leaves, possibly some steep uphill and that is a real challenge. I might just drop dead trying to do that. I suppose there are worse ways to go.

I am currently walking 2 miles during lunch with a pack that weights 37lb. I think I need to put some more rocks in it.
Just for kicks try loading up your pack real heavy sometime and see how far you can go. Honestly the hardest part is standing up with the dang thing on, I usually roll over on to my knees and then use a tree to help myself stand up so I don't strain anything.

To get ready for hunting season we run a few times a week and do one good leg workout a week. We deep squat 225 pounds with 4 sets of 10 and it makes an incredible difference when you start to pack stuff out.
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:33 PM
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Re: good pack for elk

Thanks for the reply. I have MOLLE 2 rucksack and that with the assault pack attached should be able to support 120lb. I can throw it on and walk around the neighborhood.

225 for 10 deep might be a little more than I can do at this time. I have been focusing on fewer reps increasing up in weight. I will give it a shot tomorrow or Thur and report back.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:21 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I have MOLLE 2 rucksack and that with the assault pack attached should be able to support 120lb. I can throw it on and walk around the neighborhood.

225 for 10 deep might be a little more than I can do at this time. I have been focusing on fewer reps increasing up in weight. I will give it a shot tomorrow or Thur and report back.
My hunting buddy and I started doing 4 sets of 10 with 135 for 2 weeks, then we would start with 135 and add 20 pounds each set. Then we got to where we were adding enough weight to finish with 225 on our last set. After 6 weeks we were able to start with 225 and do all four sets, we honestly could have done more weight but we felt that more weight would just be bad for our knees. Neither one of us could believe how much weight we were able to push; the last time we worked out my buddy did a burnout rep after having already done 3 sets of 10, and he stopped at 30 because he was completely out of breath but he could have kept pushing it. He's a total work horse!
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:04 AM
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Re: good pack for elk

The best is the decker,it fits on a mule if you are hunting out west you don't want to be making several trips ,(bears) can be a problem.I use the eberlistock dragonfly.&
Good luck and good hunting. 1300eters
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