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How to transport Elk meat??

 
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:14 AM
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This is how I transport em
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:05 PM
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:50 PM
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Incidentally, if you only got 180# from your bull, you either shot a real piscutter or got screwed by the processor!!!
Now go take a look at a very factual study by the State of Wyoming regarding net weight of elk:
http://www.wyomingextension.org/agpubs/pubs/B594R.pdf

Looks like mine was an average bull, which is what I expected to find for a 3 1/2 yo 5x5. The 4 1/2 yo 6x7 netted a bit lower due to the meat loss from bullet damage.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:01 PM
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Re: How to transport Elk meat??

That's funny! The last few average size cows I've shot in Wyoming have yielded between 186# and 210# of finished meat and I don't have them put any beef fat in the trimmings for burger, which is mostly what I have made, minus the backstraps. You must have shot the chit out of them to lose what you did with bulls being a lot bigger!!!
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:00 PM
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Re: How to transport Elk meat??

Just had time to go over your charts in that link and it appears I'm correct in that they show you should have received between 200 -220 pounds of boned out meat from each bull.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:27 PM
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Re: How to transport Elk meat??

Over 20 years of hunting elk I've boned out the meat and packed it in 2-100qt coolers. Put a layer of crushed ice on top and then dry ice. This past season I drove from Gunnison, Colorado to Alpine (San Diego) California. 1100 miles and the meat was frozen when I arrived home. No matter what state and distance this has been the outcome.
Once the elk is down, gutted, packed out and back in camp I hang it and let it cool for a couple of days. Typically there are four of us hunting. We hunted 3rd rifle and the weather was -20 at night and +20-35 during the day. By hanging the carcass it allows the meat to stretch and cool. When it's time to pack up I bone out the meat as stated above.
**Note**
I cover the cooler with wool blankets and a heavy canvas tarp.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:17 PM
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Re: How to transport Elk meat??

Well, there is the off chance you will shoot a large bull and wind up with 350-400 lbs as well. I wound up taking home 400 lbs once. I had to buy a new freezer that year for more capacity. I filled up both freezers in the fridges and the upright freezer, then I had to give some to family members. It was a good and bad ordeal. No room for any other animal that year. My last several bulls have all filled a 300 lb capacity freezer to max and I had to use both fridge freezers. When I get the meat back from the processor I wind up taking 4-5 mid to large coolers. I don't use the huge ones because you move the dang things around by yourself when they are full.
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