• Aaron Farley

    Very cool videos Mark! Thanks for sharing. I almost wish I hunted whitetails in areas that would require this – may try it one time just for the experience. I’m getting excited for your Elk trips, can’t wait to hear the stories!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Aaron! I’m hoping to put this technique to good use this fall.

  • 365Whitetail

    Great article, Mark! Paracord really helps with this. It is light and serves as a third hand when quartering or skinning. Just tie it to the head, legs, etc. to keep the weight and pressure off while you are working. Your articles kinda make me miss the West.

    • SoleAdventure

      Good call on the Paracord, Randy. That is in my “kill kit”, which I’ll be discussing soon. Let’s get out West!

  • Jordan

    Great (and important) topics! As a money saver, an old timer taught me that thrift store pillowcases make great game bags. Another said that he prefers 50 pound loads because he can move faster and safer. I might try that next time….

    Elk season is right around the corner!!!

    • SoleAdventure

      50lbs is MUCH easier that 80-100, that is for sure. I suppose if you had cool enough weather, and a short enough hike, that could be the way to go.

  • Mark

    That was awesome! I’m gonna try this with whitetail this fall! Thanks Mark

  • Retired2Hunt

    A great “re-fresher” video. I’ve de-boned many deer but am looking to do it this year with an elk. Just have to get one in front of me! Good luck on this year’s hunts.

    • SoleAdventure

      I hope we both get that opportunity this year. Best of luck!

  • Scott Hutchison

    Great post and series Mark! I am new to the hunt and have questions about aging meat in the bag? What is your temperature range and timing for getting the elk to the table?

    • SoleAdventure

      There are a lot of factors there, Scott. When I’m not backcountry hunting I typically debone ASAP, get the meat on ice, let it sit (water draining, ice added as needed) for 3-4 days, then trim it up, package, and freeze. I would take a similar approach for a backcountry hunt, but obviously you have the added time/challenge of transporting the meat from the wilderness to a the cooler/freezer. Always follow the basic rules of keeping meat as clean as possible and getting it cool as quick as possible. If it’s warm outside and you have meat to hang while you’re packing loads out, then focus on deep-shaded creek bottoms, where the temperature will remain much cooler even in the heat of the day.

  • Michael

    Very good. Probably the best I’ve seen.

  • wiscobutter

    Thank you for the great video! First elk hunt ever tomorrow.

    • SoleAdventure

      Good luck!

  • audra

    are the ribs just not what ppl like to eat or is it just a big hasel?

    • SoleAdventure

      It’s not a huge hassle…and on an elk it is a decent amount of “scrap” meat that can be used for burger/sausage. We take em!