This is the third part of a mini-series on what happens “after the shot”. In Part 1 we looked the importance of being prepared for the task of hunting big game in the backcountry. In Part 2 we discussed the technique of deboning and elk (or deer) using the gutless method. Now, in Part 3, I want to talk about assembling a “kill kit”.
(Don’t miss the video below!)
Why is this kit necessary?
The purpose of putting together a “kill kit” is to have a self-contained package that includes everything you need to begin processing the animal as soon as you recover it. This is especially important when you are hunting miles away from your camp, or your vehicle, and time is of the essence.
There is nothing revolutionary about the items that go in this kit, but I think the idea of a self-contained kit is important. The kit ensures that all items are always there when you need them; as long as you have this kit with you, you’ll always be prepared to handle big game during any hunt.
What’s in the kit?
The items that go in the kit may vary from person-to-person, depending on preference, or where and how you hunt. Since I have put my kit together for back-pack style hunting, I have kept the contents down to the essentials and focused on minimizing weight and bulk…
The total weight for my kit is 18 ounces – so just over 1lb.
Put It All Together
Chances are, you already own many of the items that make up an effective kill kit. But have you put these items together into a comprehensive, contained package, so that you always have what you need – and you aren’t fumbling through your pack, looking for your knife (or some other item), only to realize you left it in the truck.
It is very easy to put a kit like this together, but if you are looking to upgrade some of your equipment anyway, there is a very nice “off the shelf” option – The Rokslide Backcountry Kill Kit. It’s not cheap, but if you add up the individual prices of each item you receive, it is a good value. Personally, I think building your own kit is the way to go!