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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #30 on: April 17, 2019, 12:54:34 PM »
Mine was a cow.  20 yards to the old logging road and then a mile on the old logging road. My bull was winched out 30 yards to the truck. Just gotta know where to kill em at  :chuckle:

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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #31 on: April 17, 2019, 01:12:38 PM »
Years ago, my kid and I each dropped spikes about 13 seconds apart on the same nasty shale slide, in the rain, on the last day of season. Any other time those elk would have tumbled for 100's of yards. When the road with the truck on it was down there, nope. We spent the better part of the day getting them tumbled down the hillside. I just kept looking at him and saying "ain't elk hunting fun?". I could say that phrase on the 4th of July and still get death glares from him.  :chuckle:

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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2019, 02:16:56 PM »
Here is the thread to absolutely the hardest pack out week of my life!
https://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,232835.0.html


@Pathdinder101 has a picture kicking around of another great one I did as a stupid 20 YO kid in which I drug a whole mule deer off a mountain with one of those stupid Walmart backpack dragging systems.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2019, 02:25:54 PM by CoryTDF »
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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #33 on: April 17, 2019, 02:20:05 PM »
I want to see pictures of that. I am surprised Pathfinder hunts with you anymore.

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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #34 on: April 17, 2019, 02:21:48 PM »
This thread is fantastic, keep em coming.  :tup:

I'm waiting for CoryTDF to see this thread.  He packed out his entire 6 point bull this year, from the same area as my pictures (minus the draw), the day before the rest of us got to elk camp.  By himself.  One trip. 

no kidding.

Just saw it and posted the link to the thread above.
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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #35 on: April 17, 2019, 02:24:01 PM »
I want to see pictures of that. I am surprised Pathfinder hunts with you anymore.

I mean, I gutted, boned, and packed his buck out this year so.... I cant see why he would leave me behind. LOL :chuckle:
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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #36 on: April 17, 2019, 02:30:03 PM »
Your right he might only leave you behind if you were attacked by a cougar then all he has to do is shoot you in the leg

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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #37 on: April 17, 2019, 02:31:49 PM »
I say go back and make you dream come true!!

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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #38 on: April 17, 2019, 04:11:07 PM »
Here is the thread to absolutely the hardest pack out week of my life!
https://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,232835.0.html


@Pathdinder101 has a picture kicking around of another great one I did as a stupid 20 YO kid in which I drug a whole mule deer off a mountain with one of those stupid Walmart backpack dragging systems.

I'll have to see if I can find that pic.  Epic misery... :chuckle:  That must have been back before we figured out you could cut 'em into pieces to get them out...
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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #39 on: April 17, 2019, 08:23:01 PM »
Dang, 1/2 the elk Iíve killed have been the toughest pack out.  But 2 that come to mind are one in the backcountry of Washington. Rifle elk, 4 1/2 miles in, one buddy to help, 4 quarters and deboned meat, rag bull.  Took two trips, all up hill with full packs.  Had to go back in the morning for the second trip, it was snowing so hard we barely made it to the trail head.  The other worst pack made my knees hurt for a year, Idaho roadless area about 3 miles in, all up hill.  Killed my biggest bull at noon, by myself.  Skinned, gutted and packed out the head, back to camp around dark. My hunting partner had already packed up camp because we were leaving that night and I was only going to hunt half day.  So back up the mountain we went, the temps dropped into the teens and it started snowing.  We had to hike down hill, steep at times, and finally got the elk out and in the truck at 1:30 am.  We were soaked and froze to the bone with sweat and snow.  We drove all the way to vantage before we pulled over about 7 hours later, to sleep for 1/2 hour.  Got home and weighed our packs from the last trip out, mine was 139 lbs and his was 138 lbs!!!  Every step down hill was brutal! What we all do as hunters would amaze most the general public.

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Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #40 on: April 17, 2019, 08:50:29 PM »
8 miles to the truck, 3 to camp, and up over two ridges!


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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #41 on: April 18, 2019, 04:10:08 PM »
I want to see pictures of that. I am surprised Pathfinder hunts with you anymore.

I mean, I gutted, boned, and packed his buck out this year so.... I cant see why he would leave me behind. LOL :chuckle:

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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #42 on: April 18, 2019, 05:36:12 PM »
 Why do you have to find a new spot when the old spot was fine

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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #43 on: April 18, 2019, 07:07:52 PM »
My 2017 Idaho bull was pretty much exactly the same...except it was 0.14 miles from the truck.


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Re: Toughest Elk Pack Out?
« Reply #44 on: April 22, 2019, 11:02:06 AM »




I killed these two animals 14 miles in last year and packed them out alone.  I did get a couple of horse packers to carry the elk rear quarters 8 miles, which took two days off my trip, but it still took me six days.

 


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