Best video on how to quarter elk?

19elkhunter51

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Outdoor Edge has an excellent video. Shows how to bone a complete elk. He does it the old school way; field dressing then de-boning. We have used this method and it works for us.
 

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Hey...if you have extra hands..feet..and backs...packing an elk is no problem...solo requires some extra effort and thought...
While quarreling the critter it's really nice to let the meat cool..cut in and around the bones to allow meat to cool in deep..a tarp the size of a twin bed helps lay the pieces apart...get one side cut off carcus then rotate to other side...but keep the meat clean too...
After carcus is cleaned off...you can remove bones for lighter packs...
Use moose sized bags for elk and elk sized for deer.....makes it much easier to bag'm.....
Sometimes you have to cut'm up where they fall..sometimes drag'm to a better spot....
Shot a deer once on side of mountain..fell behind a stump..only thing kept it from falling 500' or more....i had to cut that deer up as I stood below it...at shoulder height...was not fun.....
 

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Very good and detailed video. Not sure a solo hunt for an elk is a great idea, at least for me. Looks like two people are needed to handle something of that size.
One guy can break an elk down by himself. I’ve done it dozens of times. It’s a bit of a wrestling match but with a bit of parachute cord to tie a leg back it’s quite a bit easier.
 

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I bet that would work great on moose. When I lived in Alaska, we did it the old fashion way. We did bone the meat out, but after gutting the moose. I often suspected the small cabins built on the tundra and in the mountains were so the hunter could stay and eat the moose.😉 You can always go home in six months, after you eaten it.
 
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I bet that would work great on moose. When I lived in Alaska, we did it the old fashion way. We did bone the meat out, but after gutting the moose. I often suspected the small cabins built on the tundra and in the mountains were so the hunter could stay and eat the moose.😉 You can always go home in six months, after you eaten it.
😁
 

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Last bull I killed was a solo hunt. I killed him 3 miles from the truck. I called my wife to tell her I was packing out 1 hind quarter, expected to make another round trip for the second hind quarter before calling it a night and finishing the next day. That quarter tripled in weight before I made it back to the truck and made me call it a day. I called for re-enforcements and got my youngest son to bring a game cart the next day and spend a day in the woods playing mule with me.
Fortunately, we had a pretty easy trail to roll the cart on.
My son pulls one of these for the heavy loads
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My son pulls one of these for the heavy loads View attachment 297842
Now that's funny right there! There were no actual purpose built "game carts" for sale anywhere I could find that night or next morning, so we stopped at Murdoch's and bought that exact garden cart. Since we were on a good trail, it worked fairly well. Was pretty top-heavy for rough country, though.
 

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I stole one of my sons snow sleds and tied a rope to the front and back and ran laces down center. Set quarters under laces cinched tight. One guy pulls/steers one holds it back. Worked great. Finally gave out last year. Boys might be missing there new sled next month😁
 

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I stole one of my sons snow sleds and tied a rope to the front and back and ran laces down center. Set quarters under laces cinched tight. One guy pulls/steers one holds it back. Worked great. Finally gave out last year. Boys might be missing there new sled next month😁
Yep - have done that, too.
This time half the trip would have been tough sledding, since we only had snow on about half the trail.
My son's still pulling like a mule!
 

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Now that's funny right there! There were no actual purpose built "game carts" for sale anywhere I could find that night or next morning, so we stopped at Murdoch's and bought that exact garden cart. Since we were on a good trail, it worked fairly well. Was pretty top-heavy for rough country, though.
We take the detachable sides off and strap the quarters to it. I am not worried about top heavy, that just gives my 16 old son a lesson in mechanics and physics. Ha ha!
 

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Just a reminder for CO elk tagging requirements:
"Proof of the animal's sex must be left on the animal's quarters. If it is a bull, you may to choose leave one testicle on each rear quarter, or both testicles on one side with the penis on the other. With cow elk, you leave the udder attached, possibly half per side."

Obviously COCPW author never hauled one out.
 
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