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taking care of meat
« on: May 04, 2014, 12:50:46 PM »
Going on a week long backcountry hunt in a couple weeks and was wondering the best way to take care of the meat. We will have a base camp so we will have access to cooler and ice. My question is if I bag a bear in the beginning of the week and we don't get another until the end will it be okay to have it boned out and on ice for a few days or should we try to get it to a processor? Any thoughts or Ideas would be great.

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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2014, 12:56:21 PM »
The sooner it is frozen or processed the better. A couple days on ice is ok, but I would not plan on leaving a bear on ice for more than that.




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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2014, 01:16:32 PM »
Drive it down to a cooler, hang it, then go hunt more.
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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2014, 01:30:53 PM »
I always break camp and get it taken care of.  By the time I get it packed out (I seem to never shoot one by a road) time is already an issue.

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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2014, 03:55:12 PM »
With bear you can't get it processed fast enough.  Get it down to a hanging cooler at least as quickly as possible.

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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2014, 04:25:45 PM »
With bear you can't get it processed fast enough.  Get it down to a hanging cooler at least as quickly as possible.


Exactly. I prefer to cool mine overnight and butcher the next day.




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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2014, 06:42:48 AM »
Thanks for all the info!

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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2014, 09:49:46 AM »
Where do you find a hanging cooler willing to take a whole bear?

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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2014, 10:21:39 AM »
Where do you find a hanging cooler willing to take a whole bear?

Was thinking the same thing
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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2014, 10:25:52 AM »
Where do you find a hanging cooler willing to take a whole bear?
where you find bear that comes out whole?!  :chuckle:

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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2014, 02:03:02 PM »
Where do you find a hanging cooler willing to take a whole bear?
where you find bear that comes out whole?!  :chuckle:

Is a bear more difficult to quarter in the field than a deer?

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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2014, 08:03:43 AM »
No same process,  just more hair and fat!

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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2014, 05:04:40 PM »
Bring some citric acid for the meat and if you plan on staying out you will need some salt for the hide.

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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2020, 03:00:24 PM »
I thought there was a more recent thread than this on the subject but cannot find it.

Looking at doing a wilderness hunt this September with my dad. If we manage to bag a deer, any tips on meat care? Average temps mid september can be pretty dang high. I have never shot an animal in September and the temps have me worried a bit.

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Re: taking care of meat
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2020, 03:20:32 PM »
Buckhunter,

Shoot it, find it, and get to work.  Bone it out completely using the gutless method.  Get the meat into good game bags and get it cooling.  Hanging the bags in the shade is good, but, if you can hang it in a cool creek draw, you're golden for up to several days, weather dependent. Have the big coolers w/block ice ready back at the trailhead to drop your meat in for the ride to your ranch or the processor.  I have shot elk in SEP where daytime temps were in the 70s+ and have had no issues taking up to 4 trips (over the course of 2 1/2 days) to get the meat back to the coolers.  Again, you've gotta get the meat cooling quickly and hung in a place that will keep it cool until you start packing it out.  Good luck this fall!         
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