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Old 07-12-2014, 10:10 PM
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How do you guys move a bear that you want a rug from? I'm concerned about loosing hair on the hide. I do own a Otter sled but may hunt a place where thats not practical.

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Old 07-13-2014, 04:04 AM
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:27 AM
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I've killed a couple of bear and I wouldn't drag one an inch. I carry a pack frame and enough game bags to handle whatever I'm hunting. On bear I use the gutless method and skin out one side to the paws and cut the feet off and then bone the meat. Roll it over and repeat the process. After it is skinned up to the head I cut the head off and roll the hide up and put it in a game bag. Leave the bones and guts where it fell. Figure 2 or 3 loads on the pack frame to get it out of the woods and into coolers.

Boning and skinning cuts the weight down, helps it cool quicker and protects the hide.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:08 AM
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My state is requires us not to divide a bear more that 5 pieces before registration.........poor logic but thats the law. Yes quartering seems the most sensible at this point.

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My state is requires us not to divide a bear more that 5 pieces before registration.........poor logic but thats the law. Yes quartering seems the most sensible at this point.

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Four quarters and one skin make 5 pieces which means you would be legal. Pack frame is the answer. if you can walk in you can pack the game out on a frame. I do it all the time for deer, elk and bear. If you quarter it you'll need a good folding bone saw. I like boning because all I need is a knife and I can take feet and heads off by cutting through natural joints in the bone.
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In PA you have to check the bear in whole, it can be gutted, that's all though. If you have to drag it, use a cart, sled, tarp, try to protect it somehow.
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Old 07-13-2014, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Bocajnala View Post
In PA you have to check the bear in whole, it can be gutted, that's all though. If you have to drag it, use a cart, sled, tarp, try to protect it somehow.
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Yeah, but the OP ain't in PA, he's in WI and says he can piece it down. Packing game out on a frame is a whole lot easier than dragging game through the woods.
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In PA you have to check the bear in whole, it can be gutted, that's all though. If you have to drag it, use a cart, sled, tarp, try to protect it somehow.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:45 PM
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I have looked at some plastic rolled up game draggers but never used one.
Anybody use one?

Years ago I used a kids sled for deer with some success. But I really never cared about hair on a hide before .

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-13-2014, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by cbul View Post
I have looked at some plastic rolled up game draggers but never used one.
Anybody use one?

Years ago I used a kids sled for deer with some success. But I really never cared about hair on a hide before .

Thanks in advance!
I've used something similar (med-sled), as well as a simple tarp. I really like a game cart if the terrain permits.

For myself, I just gut them, and drag them to the truck. Where I have ice waiting to cool it down. If you are going to cut it up. Think about cooling it down first. Maybe soak it in a nearby stream.

Remember, a bear has fur as opposed to hair. So, it'll take more abuse than a deer's hide will. Good Luck!

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