Elk deboning made easier
by Pat Cassidy
(Pilot Rock, Oregon)
Another use for rope
After reading the section on deboning elk I thought I would add a couple of tips. The section on deboning is very informative so you need to read it if you have not.
When deboning an elk in the field I like to put the meat in woven polyester feed bags. The weave allows air to pass through and they are very tough. I like them much better than standard game bags. They are available at most feed stores.
When you get the bags, wash them in a washing machine with a dose of bleach to sanitize them. Keep them in new plastic bags until needed.
By using this type of bag you will have an easier time separating prime cuts from burger or roast meat.
My favorite backpack has a folding base that keeps bagged meat from slipping down the pack. Tie your bags on the backpack along with plenty of rope.
Rope can be used as a clothes line to hang meat for cooling. Attach the bagged meat to your backpack while hanging and it will be easier on your back than picking it up off the ground. Just put your arms through the straps and have your buddy unhook the meat from the rope.
After the hunt wash and dry the bags, put them back in plastic bags and you are ready for the next elk.