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    What game bags do you guys recommend for elk? I'll be doing a second rifle season hunt on foot in the Weminuche wilderness in CO. How many bags do you need for all the meat on a bull?

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    I use Remington game bags that I have picked up at Walmart, $7.00. I have washed an reused them which is nice, but paying $7 every now and again is to painful. Only other game bags I have used were the Alaska Outfitter ones you can get at Cabela's. I didn't care for these, they got torn up pretty easily.

    They way I have figured it, you need 4 bags for each quarter, 1 for backstraps and tenderloins, 1 maybe 2 for miscellaneous meat. Of course, if you plan on boning the animal out, you could probably get away with putting both front shoulders in one bag. Some folks use 1 bag for the cape as well, but I haven't done this.

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    Hope to get to use the cabela's game bags next month.

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    I use the Remington ones at walmart too

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    I use the cabelas game bags. I haven't had any trouble with them tearing but haven't gotten too crazy with them either. I have also used the Alaskan game bags which are way more durable but cost a lot more as well. I use at least 5 bags for an elk. One for each quarter and one for the back straps and tenderloins, etc. I would say to start with looking at a reasonably cheap set and then go up from there and pick the one you think will work the best. If you don't like them, change it up next time.

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    The Alaskan game bags are light weight and a lot less bulky. But like was mentioned above they do tend to snag and run (like panty hose) and get small holes in them. I keep using them even with the snags and runs. I've used them on several animals. The beauty is less bulkiness in your pack. If I wasn't packing them around in the field I'd go with a heavier weight type. I use 5 as well. 1 for each quarter and 1 for misc.

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    I have a different outlook on game bags. To me it's like changing the oil in your truck. I chalk up the expense to maintenance. I use whatever is easiest for me to buy, and then throw them away after one use.

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    I take 8 of the Alaskan guide bags. The small ones that are 48". You can buy 2 packages of 4 and cram all 8 into one ziplock bag. I am assuming with boned out animals, I should get a few years out of these.

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    Tag bags released a line of game bags just for a boned out elk. I was lucky enough to receive a set free and there a sweet package. Its called the b.o.m.b bag. Boned out meat bag. Reusable lightweight and super tough. I think there is 5 bags total of assorted sizes in the pack.

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    Great info guys, thanks so much. I'll do some research on the ones y'all mentioned.

    Brady

 

 
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