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    I love to elk hunt, I prefer to pack deer

    I've packed way too many elk by myself. The biggest leverage comes from having just one more person to help (half the trips).

    I usually figure 5 loads on an elk done gutless with leg and shoulder bone in. For me a two mile pack by myself is at the limits of what I ever want to do again (20 miles in and out).
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    I agree with UH my last bull came out in 4 loads, should have been 5. It was only .75 miles so the last trip was hind quarter and head horns. That pack was 124# I weighed it when I got home that day. I was 340lbs with the pack on. Legs were very wobbly! I did have help that day and we switched the head back and forth. If I had to do it solo I would have left the head for another trip.
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    For anyone who hasn’t dealt with an elk yet it’s as much about time as distance. I shot this bull at 7:00 am on a warm September day. Even though it was only 3/4 of a mile from the road it still took me and two guys 10 hours to break it down and pack it out. It is steep where I was with lots of deadfall to navigate, no trail. Many place I hunt I don’t plan on getting an elk out in one day when I am hunting. Shoot it, break it down and spent the next days packing. If weather is cool I take my time and just enjoy it. If it’s warm I keep my hunting close enough to get the meat out in the same day. I almost always have one or two helpers on call. Also, I’m no expert, I only get to pack elk every so often. It’s not an annual experience for me and I’m not a beast like many on this forum are. I’m just a guy who gets lucky now and then.
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    I've got less than a half dozen packouts under my belt. If its more than a mile, everything is getting boned out. Anything more than 2-3 miles and I'd have packers or not pull the trigger.

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    2 guys, each one leading 2 llamas is the sweet spot.
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    I've packed out, or helped pack out a total of 8 Elk, not an expert, but starting to figure out what things works better than others.
    I packed out my dad's 1 1/2 old cow Elk 2 years ago completely deboned, about .5 miles from the road in one trip, it was fairly flat, so not a big deal.
    My brother and me took his spike about 3/4 of a mile one way in one trip deboned.
    I had help with one cow, and a spike, they both came out in 3 pack loads.
    The rest I have had the pleasure of packing out entirely on my own, everyone of them has taken 3 trips. From about 1 mile to the farthest at 3.3 miles.
    I take the tenderloins, back straps, and deboned front shoulder on the first trip. Second trip I take a deboned hind quarter, (If there is a head to come out I take a whole deboned front shoulder also, if no head I take a half deboned front shoulder. Third trip is a deboned hind quarter, with either the head, or a half a deboned front shoulder.
    Many will think I'm nuts, but I find more enjoyment in the pack out than any other part of the hunt, the harder it is, the longer it is the better. Don't know why, but never once have I shot something, and thought well now the work begins. It brings a smile to my face, and I think now the fun starts.

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    Last trip this year, 1 hind quarter, and the head...
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    Let’s see some pics guys. I don’t want to be to only shameless bastard on here.

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    I use horses if I can but have packed most out without them. Usually it's 2 or 3 of us and we pack the elk out in 4 or 5 loads. Each hind quarter is a load, head, cape, and loins is a load, and each front quarter is a load. If it's just 2 of us I will usually take both front quarters in one trip to save going back.

    Here is a pic from my first elk when I was younger and dumber. I got smarter after that trip. Wearing all cotton and strapping the head on like I did it wasn't the most enjoyable experience.

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    four loads sounds about right .on a big bull rack and cape are a pretty darn good load on their own.

    I have packed out cow elk in only two trips but at 50 doubt I still could.least not if it was more then a mile or so.
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