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Old 09-28-2008, 10:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who packs into elk camp

Who packs horses into elk camp? Doing it myself for the first time this year. How much do you guys pack or your horses/mules? Where did you buy your pack equipment? Have my own horses and mule,just looking to finish up the equipment list. Going by Crested Butte CO. Just looking for some info.

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I'm leaving next monday to pagosa springs for 1st rifle season. This is our 3rd year to hunt there using a drop camp from an outfitter my dad has known for 30 years. When we load the horses/mules, I believe the most important thing is to balance your panyards. Also, you'll need smaller size ice chests to slide in them.

Good luck and have a great hunt!

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Just got back from a 8 day Elk hunt in IDAHO with the bow. We used four wheelers to get to the drop camp so I can't comment on packing in with horses. Anyways good luck!!
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Just got back from a 8 day Elk hunt in IDAHO with the bow. We used four wheelers to get to the drop camp so I can't comment on packing in with horses. Anyways good luck!!
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I have done this for many years and my advice is take only what you need (Its easy to get too carried away) load evenly and take your time.

A few tips I have learned the hard way include; mark the horses well if on public land with Orange and lots of it!
Dont think every horse will let you shoot from it or over it!
Vicks vapor rub works wonders for crazy horses that dont like to carry meat.
Also the best tool I ever got was a cordless saws all! Makes quartering an elk fast and easy.

As for Panyards I get everything from Big R stores in Wyoming.

Have FUN and as my father alwise says "Big ears or big horns it dont matter just get a big one"

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I hope thats true man, i really do. I cant wait to see this video, make sure you post it here. The only way our 6.0 would have "ripped the tires through 45" would be if the rear end siezed up while getting towed.
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Yeah I've heard about the guy from China that took out the mule thinking it was a cow elk .
We've hunted elk quite a lot but always gone with my uncle{who packs} or used 4wheelers. First year I've packed without an experienced packer.
I appreciate the tip on Vicks Vapor Rub. I may need that. How much weight do you feel is OK to pack on a stout horse?

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I have done this for many years and my advice is take only what you need (Its easy to get too carried away) load evenly and take your time.

A few tips I have learned the hard way include; mark the horses well if on public land with Orange and lots of it!
Dont think every horse will let you shoot from it or over it!
Vicks vapor rub works wonders for crazy horses that dont like to carry meat.
Also the best tool I ever got was a cordless saws all! Makes quartering an elk fast and easy.

As for Panyards I get everything from Big R stores in Wyoming.

Have FUN and as my father alwise says "Big ears or big horns it dont matter just get a big one"

Kyle
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Hard to say a weight every horse has a diffrent level of conditioning. Think of it as if you were doing the packing, you just wouldent try to climb Everest without training. Start working with the horse as soon as possable to condition them. See what it can handle and work from there. Also take into concideration elevation if hunting someware higher than where you live. Just watch the horse close and you should know when you have reached a good weight to start with. Build the horse up in weight over time, Biggest mistake is loading too much and then good luck getting the horse to pack again.

Hope this helps but as to a weight I just cant say.

Sorry about the spelling.

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Crested Butte is 8885' elevation, and everything is UP from there. You'll probably be hunting in the 10,000' range, so the air will be thin for you and the horses. Travel as light as you can because packing out could be a heavy load. Are you headed into the West Elk Range?
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I've been leading the horses a couple miles a day and started to put packs on yesterday. I'll try starting light and going up from there.

Yeah,it's about 9500-10500 feet where we're hunting. West Elk Wilderness south or Paionia Resivor. Good area,my uncle has hunted there the last 31yrs but he has a different camp so we won't be with him .

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