Practice English Speaking&Listening with: How to Quarter and Pack Game out of the Backcountry - Conservation Field Notes with Steven Rinella

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a lot of hunters feel uneasy about hunting back country public land because they're

worried what's going to happen when they get a deer or elk down on the ground

a mile or more away from their rig. At that distance

dragging an animal is tough to do

and game carts are often made impractical by rugged terrain

but the thing is public land hunting often doesn't even get good until you

get this far away from the road

the hunting pressure drops off because fewer people are willing to walk this


and the animals know that

this is where you often begin to find deer and elk. So they move to places where

people aren't.

If you want to consistently harvest good buxom you need to be willing to hunt away from

from your vehicle

but hunting the backcountry requires some additional skills because if you don't

have pack stock like horses or mules or llamas

that animal is going to have to come out on your back

and I'm going to give you a few tips on how to break an animal down

and get it out on your own

the first thing you want to do when you get an animal down is get it gutted out

you make an incision that runs from the anus all the way up to the brisket

and you get the guts and everything out of there. Make sure you save the heart and the eliver

because they offer some fine eating.

from there make your skin incisions one up the back leg one up the front leg

connect these into your main gutting incision

and peel that half of the animal skin away

now you can remove the back and the front shoulder

the tenderloin, the back strap

and you can either saw away or ax the way the rib cage

now repeat the process on the other side

make a skinning cut up the rear leg, a skinny cup out the front leg up to your

main gutting incision

peel that side back, remove another leg

the front leg

the loin, the tenderloin, the rib slab. Now the last piece of meat you want to grab out is the

neck roast. I cut some of the front of the last rib, to right behind the animal's

ear's, and I usually bring that out as one piece. If you want to save on weight

go ahead and bone out the ribs making sure to remove all the meat from the bone

now the key is to put that into

breathable mesh bags

where it can shed some of the body heat but also stay clean. From here on out the goal

is keeping clean,

cool, dry meat. Load it onto your backpack.

Once you get used to carrying heavy packs, you can carry up to eighty, ninety,

a hundred pounds. But start all small.

Try to haul fifty pounds at a time and take it slow.

Be especially careful going downhill because it can be hard on your knees. Using this skinning

and butchering method is gonna to help you hunt farther away from the road in

places where the hunting is simply better.

Whenever I get into a situation where I can butcher my own animal in the

backcountry, I remember why it is so important that these lands are conserved.

I'd generally seem more animals, fewer people and enjoy great country. If you

learn to take care of your animals in the backcountry you can enjoy these

great hunts too. To to learn more about western public lands and what you can do

to make sure they are conserved for fish wildlife and sportsmen, pay a visit to

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