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Title: Man, itís warm this September....
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on July 11, 2020, 07:52:28 PM
Elk down!  Great calling (or stalk), excellent shot, good tracking, boned out meat in game bags. Now.... you know itís gonna take 3 trips with 2 guys to get this beast out of this hole.  How in the HE double toothpicks am I/we gonna get all this meat back to the coolers at camp and avoid losing any of this tasty freezer filler elk?  Temps have been hitting the 70s up top. Figured it was timely to launch this with our seasons coming up and knowing there are newer elk hunters hitting the woods this fall. Please, chime in if you have some proven tips.
Title: Re: Man, itís warm this September....
Post by: mburrows on July 11, 2020, 07:59:26 PM
One trip it!

Just kidding....kinda.

Get to a north face if possible and hang over a creek in the shade
Title: Re: Man, itís warm this September....
Post by: ipkus on July 11, 2020, 08:20:34 PM
Creek bottom or dark timber, NO direct sunlight.  If some of it overnights it will cool out somewhat, but you need to plan on starting early enough to get it off the mountain by mid-next day...generally.  Iíve seen drainages and timber patches mid day in warm Sept. days that were cool enough to hang meat a few days without issues.

Itís important to have a plan prior to, which may include knowing where one of these areas is from previous experience.
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Post by: Jonathan_S on July 11, 2020, 09:11:56 PM
Hang it in the shade. If getting it out the same day, I've never needed anything more. 70s, 80s
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Post by: blackveltbowhunter on July 11, 2020, 09:27:58 PM
) DRY meat is long lasting meat.

) Multiple smaller meat sacks beat the snot out of just a few large ones.

) If the air ain't movin, time your losin

) Packing at night keeps YOU cooler as well.

) The jobs not done just because your back to the truck. Keep fresh bags in the rig usually the heavier linen type and transfer the meat from the original meat bags to fresh clean ones and into cool, clean coolers for final destination.
Title: Re: Man, itís warm this September....
Post by: 3dvapor on July 12, 2020, 01:38:22 AM
Get it off the bone!  period
Title: Re: Man, itís warm this September....
Post by: Rainier10 on July 12, 2020, 07:55:12 AM
All five posts above are spot on.

Off bone is vital and more meat bags/smaller portions cool faster.

The only thing I will add is ďpain is temporaryĒ donít rest until it is out. I know it sucks but you can rest when it is out.

Also choose your hunting partner wisely, they are going to need to embrace the pain with you and getír done.
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Post by: Magnum_Willys on July 12, 2020, 09:10:11 AM
I would plan on taking antlers off and leave skull and hide or make that separate trip after meat is in.

If some shade and not too hot Two guys can shuttle meat only in one trip for ave bull - 4 bags.  Pack 1/2 mile, drop bag in shade and open to air.  Go back and get other bag and pack it a mile.  repeat. 

If no shade and hot then hang over creek in shade and pack only evenings, night, mornings. 

Title: Re: Man, itís warm this September....
Post by: dilleytech on July 12, 2020, 11:28:59 AM
I would hang the quarters in shade and detach the meat from the bone, hanging off like. Let them cool until your ready to make your first trip and put the boned meat in your game bags. Worst thing you can do is pile it all in one big bag and possiblY double the time itís going to take to cool. But even if you Do it will probably be fine. I have only lost meat on elk that laid dead over night. Anything I have boned right away was fine in warm temps.
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Post by: vandeman17 on July 12, 2020, 12:00:15 PM
I read a few years ago and started doing mine this way. I prefer to keep the meat on the bone when packing out unless I have time to let the deboned meat fully cool. Keeping it on the bone helps keep it from being one big blob in the meat bag. Instead, just cut a slice down the big bones and that helps release the heat trapped in the bones, especially the femur.
Title: Re: Man, itís warm this September....
Post by: Crunchy on July 12, 2020, 12:14:59 PM
I mainly archery hunt and have killed a decent amount of elk in Aug-Sept when temps can get in the low 90s but typically 75-80.  I never worried much at all of meat care.  Just skin, quarter, and get it in the shade.  Pack it to camp and throw it in the cooler.  Actually, we pull our quarters out at night to hang, because it is usually much cooler outside than in the cooler.  I leave the bone in until I butcher.  I have never lost any meat due to heat
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Post by: Shawn Ryan on July 12, 2020, 04:58:14 PM
If hanging is hard, make a rack of branches to lay the meat on as it waits for you to haul it out. Cool air circulation is key. This rack is over a real small creek, but its in the shade and substantially cooler than just 20' away.
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Post by: Rainier10 on July 13, 2020, 02:59:02 PM
If hanging is hard, make a rack of branches to lay the meat on as it waits for you to haul it out. Cool air circulation is key. This rack is over a real small creek, but its in the shade and substantially cooler than just 20' away.
I have actually done this while deboning but not over a creek.  I place the meat on an improvised elevated rack in the shade to get more surface to air contact to help with cooling.
Title: Re: Man, itís warm this September....
Post by: vandeman17 on July 13, 2020, 03:04:52 PM
If hanging is hard, make a rack of branches to lay the meat on as it waits for you to haul it out. Cool air circulation is key. This rack is over a real small creek, but its in the shade and substantially cooler than just 20' away.
I have actually done this while deboning but not over a creek.  I place the meat on an improvised elevated rack in the shade to get more surface to air contact to help with cooling.

Many small trees, branches, and longs have fallen victim to being a meat hanging device for me  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Man, itís warm this September....
Post by: 3dvapor on July 13, 2020, 05:31:36 PM
After several elk killed in hot weather and frantically calling and driving a couple hours to a cooler the next day.  I purchased a 11cuft chest freezer and installed adjustable racks in it and placed it on a cart so i can move it.  The little honda generator runs it fine its a major stress reliever.
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Post by: Tbob on August 13, 2020, 06:56:00 PM
I prefer to keep my meat on the bones (although I will cut into it down to the bone) along the lines of course to keep muscle groups together. I find that the big blob of meat problem in a boned out bag is no bueno.. even in hot weather, Iíll do this and just hang my quarters in the shade with a small tarp over top. I just leave it there as weíre hauling the other parts out so itís not there long anyways. I also like to place my meat on large contractor bags as I quarter.. even putting the quarters on the tree limbs or across branches adds too much debris to the sticky meat that I hate having to clean all that off. Iím really particular about cleanliness.
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Post by: hughjorgan on August 15, 2020, 09:03:05 AM
Any one been using a citric acid solution on their elk? It lowers the PH of the meat to help prevent bacteria growth and creates a layer on the outside of the meat that flies canít lay eggs in the meat.