I am going on my first big game hunt this fall.
I live in Colorado. I'll be hunting one of the wilderness areas in second or third rifle season (Oct 20 - Nov 11). I plan on staying ~5 days. I have an ultralight pack about 3 liters that I love, but it is pretty light-duty and I have visions of everything being a bloody mess when I'm packing out mule deer or elk quarters.
I was thinking about buying a pack frame from a company like wilderness packs, then removing the pack and tying game bags on to carry it out. But, I also kind of hate this idea because I am really small and hate to carry a heavier pack than I need to. The badlands sacrifice looks awesome, but I've heard that it doesn't fit small people well.
Any other smaller guys out there that hunt backcountry alone? What do you use?