What was your heaviest load???

Doe Nob

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We packed my bull out last week in 2 trips with 2 guys. First load I did was backstraps, tenders and all neck and rib and trim.

2nd load was a boned out hind and the head, but no cape - euro since smaller bull. 3 miles one way - 1.5 hours w. pack.

My associate forgot my frame pack and I had to do all that crammed into a Badlands 2200, my day pack. It worked but I would not endeavor to repeat that experience with that pack!

 

ScottR

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We packed my bull out last week in 2 trips with 2 guys. First load I did was backstraps, tenders and all neck and rib and trim.

2nd load was a boned out hind and the head, but no cape - euro since smaller bull. 3 miles one way - 1.5 hours w. pack.

My associate forgot my frame pack and I had to do all that crammed into a Badlands 2200, my day pack. It worked but I would not endeavor to repeat that experience with that pack!

Pretty amazing how much of a difference a pack that is designed for weight hauling can make. The 2200 has been a staple day pack for many but stepping into the pack frame and load hauling section makes a difference.
 

Winchester

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Years ago (in my 20s) I shot a smallish bull caribou in Alaska after crossing a mountain and hiking about 6 miles from camp.
I was young and dumb and hunting with my legs instead of my eyes / optics.
I boned him out and got the whole thing into the oversized old pack I was carrying ... didn't even take the horns.
I have no idea how much that pack weighed but it was incredibly heavy. When I'd fall over in the tundra I'd have to take it off before I could get back up. Never again.
 

Colorado Cowboy

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When I was young (18), Myself and a friend hiked the John Muir Trail from start to finish, we took 6 weeks. We weighed our packs when we started out and mine weighed 75#. This was before all the modern gear was invented. Kelty was just on the market and that is what we had. the first few day were a bitch, better when we got used to the altitude. In all we did over 200 miles.

I also used to pack a whole, gutted deer out on my back. Attached the front legs to the rear and made a pack out of it. I have walked several miles that way with a buck that would field dress 125 to 140. Young stud with a lightweight brain!!!
 

mallardsx2

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I shot a bull moose 1.5 miles from the boat in the Ontario bush one time. That was a big mistake. I dont know how much my pack weighted each time but I do know it was heavy and I do know that it was raining sideways the entire time...
 

ScottR

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I shot a bull moose 1.5 miles from the boat in the Ontario bush one time. That was a big mistake. I dont know how much my pack weighted each time but I do know it was heavy and I do know that it was raining sideways the entire time...
Isn't the rule under a half mile from camp? I haven't done it but I hear that the North Country has a way of looking flat and easy to pack in but reality is much different, especially on the tundra.
 

kidoggy

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in my 20s ,I would fireman carry my gutted but unskinned mulies.generally not more then a mile at most.tried to do that with a doe last year and only made it a couple hundred yards before I cut it in half and did two trips.

at 50 I just can't do what I did when twenty.
 

Colorado Cowboy

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in my 20s ,I would fireman carry my gutted but unskinned mulies.generally not more then a mile at most.tried to do that with a doe last year and only made it a couple hundred yards before I cut it in half and did two trips.

at 50 I just can't do what I did when twenty.
Ain't that the truth! At 76 I can't do what I used to do at 50! LOL
 

JimP

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in my 20s ,I would fireman carry my gutted but unskinned mulies.generally not more then a mile at most.tried to do that with a doe last year and only made it a couple hundred yards before I cut it in half and did two trips.

at 50 I just can't do what I did when twenty.
Ain't that the truth! At 76 I can't do what I used to do at 50! LOL
And the sad thing it isn't going to get any better for us.
 

Ikeepitcold

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I packed out a deer hine quarter, front quarter, both back straps and tenderloins and that pack weight felt perfect to me. I need to bring a small hanging scale to weigh my pack so I can get an idea of weight I like and what I don't like.