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Elk down

Post by Silver » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:19 pm

Had a couple of friends come out from town and harvest a cow elk. One less, hundreds to go. I provided the tractor and the moral support. They wanted to dress it with the head up so I accommodated. Worked well enough.

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Re: Elk down

Post by ohiosteve » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:07 pm

Why did they want to gut it head up? Just curious.
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Re: Elk down

Post by Silver » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:12 pm

ohiosteve wrote:Why did they want to gut it head up? Just curious.


Well, I asked them that, they just said it was their preference.
First time I saw it done this way was by an older European butcher on a beef he slaughtered here. I had to admit at the time that it was a very efficient way of doing things. He said in the old country that's how they did it.
I still hold them in the traditional fashion when I do it, I guess just because that's how I've always done it. Which is a pretty poor reason really lol

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Re: Elk down

Post by ohiosteve » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:55 pm

Silver wrote:
ohiosteve wrote:Why did they want to gut it head up? Just curious.


Well, I asked them that, they just said it was their preference.
First time I saw it done this way was by an older European butcher on a beef he slaughtered here. I had to admit at the time that it was a very efficient way of doing things. He said in the old country that's how they did it.
I still hold them in the traditional fashion when I do it, I guess just because that's how I've always done it. Which is a pretty poor reason really lol

Interesting. Did they bleed it out head down first?
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Re: Elk down

Post by Silver » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:08 pm

ohiosteve wrote:
Silver wrote:
ohiosteve wrote:Why did they want to gut it head up? Just curious.


Well, I asked them that, they just said it was their preference.
First time I saw it done this way was by an older European butcher on a beef he slaughtered here. I had to admit at the time that it was a very efficient way of doing things. He said in the old country that's how they did it.
I still hold them in the traditional fashion when I do it, I guess just because that's how I've always done it. Which is a pretty poor reason really lol

Interesting. Did they bleed it out head down first?


This elk was lung shot and bled out inside.
When the fella did it with the beef he did what we always do, cut the jugular while the heart was still beating and let it pump out.
Do you think it matters which way up they are to bleed out? :???:

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Post by Dave » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:15 pm

Gravity would help that way. Elk guts seem to have a pretty good grip on the elk. But that is really the preferred method to pack one out. It sure beats quartering them and strapping to a packboard.

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Re: Elk down

Post by skyhightree1 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:54 am

ohiosteve wrote:Why did they want to gut it head up? Just curious.


I have people here that do deer that way and I tried it and from my experience its easier to get the guts out.
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Re: Elk down

Post by Hook2.0 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:52 pm

head down and the rib cage is a bucket
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Re: Elk down

Post by Dave » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:39 pm

I have never had an elk down in a place you could get to with a loader tractor to hang it. It is always gut it laying on the ground. Skin it laying on the ground. Quarter it laying on the hide, on the ground. Strap the quarters to a packboard and crawl out of the canyon. And a couple of them it has literally been crawl up the hill as it was too steep to walk with a quarter strapped to your back. It must be nice.

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Re: Elk down

Post by Silver » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:04 pm

Ya, I've crawled out of a few nasty places myself with a quarter on my back. Believe me, I appreciate the loader as much as anyone!

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