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The ins and outs of early season meat care -
posted 1 year ago
I always have coolers in my vehicle ready to put the meat in. For weekend hunting trips, I also put a bag or two of ice so I can begin the cooling process that much quicker. This is very critical for Antelope which gets gamey quick if it gets warm. For Elk, its a bigger challenge and since I ofen hunt solo, its a really big challenge the farther away I am from my vehicle since I'm not only field dressing alone, I have to pack everything out (minimum 4 trips, 5 for a bull). Everything I've read about avoiding spoilage uses non-specific terms like; quickly, as soon as possible, etc. Assuming an Elk is put down in the morning on a day that reaches the mid-70s, how many hours do I have do get the quarters on ice before I start dealing with spoilage? Assuming I take all the recommended steps of getting the hide off and bagging. I use the gutless quarter method, carry breathable game bags and normally leaving the bone in until post-processing. Dressing an Elk solo is hard enough to do at all, much less "quickly".
No wolf reintroduction for Colorado -
posted 1 year ago
Definitely voting NO. It's not the wolves, its the nuts in the Sierra Club and other "Environmental" groups I fear. They'll prevent the management of wolves or any set population thresholds (As they did in Wyoming and the great lakes area). Until the courts are taken off-line as a way for these groups to force their agenda; I'm against opening any doors. Animal management should be handled by the state DOW and no on else. Only they have the boots on the ground experience and know the how and whys of balancing the populations; to INCLUDE humans.
The challenges of western solo hunting and how to overcome them -
posted 2 years ago
Great advice, thanks Mark. I've done a few short duration solo hunts. My first Bull Elk was on a solo hunt (My first year big game hunting). There is always a bit of fear being in the woods alone, especially at night. I use it to focus myself and concentrate on what ever task is at hand. I also use the memory of it to drive myself to plan, plan and plan again, mentally walking through every situation I can think of and making sure I'll have on hand everything I'll need, plus backup. As a Colorado hunter, I haven't given Black Bears the consideration it appears I should - thanks for that advice. I carried heavy duty bear spray while fly fishing in Wyoming but leave it at home hunting here; something I'll change and give my wife credit for since she's been telling me to bring it too :).
I enjoy hunting with friends but there is something especially potent about hunting solo, even if on a day hunt. It's wilderness, extremely intimate and close and highly addictive. Successfully vanquishing or at a minimum, controlling your fears while hiking through unfamiliar landscapes in the predawn darkness or seeing your camp materialize out of the darkness after a long day in the field which gives you a confidence boost to tackle the more mundane challenges of everyday life.
It's not something to be done without a lot of preparation and consideration but it is rewarding; even if you don't bag that Elk or Deer.