Butchering and Packing Out Caribou


Packing out Caribou in Alaska


After an incredible day Caribou hunting the team were able to harvest two giant caribou bull. Today, they head back out into the Alaskan wilderness, this time butcher the big bulls and pack them out.

Today the team will have to master the butchery knife work, and begin packing out caribou meat and carrying it back to camp ready to be collected the following morning. The plan is to do the hard miles first and bring the meat down to the river, half way back to camp. That way the final journeys will be along flatter ground.

The Garmin InReach Explorer GPS unit pinpoints the location of the bulls and the team choose the most safest and quickest route. As they approach they spot a grizzly bear and they load their rifles just in case. They circle around, upwind of the bull carcass, their scent should push the bear on. You must always take precautions when you are in between one of natures most dangerous predators and fresh meat!

but time is now against them. ...they know there’s a grizzly bear lurking not far away

As they continue the trek, they finally reach the caribou and immediately get set to work. This is not the first time they have packed out two caribou bulls at the same time. This is going to the toughest pack out yet! All of the meat must be retrieved from the carcass before the skins and racks can be brought out. Nothing of nutritional value will be left behind.

With the first quarter packed and loaded, the hard work begins. It is close to 2 miles back to camp and with an average bull weighing 400 pounds/182kg this will be one of the most demanding parts of the hunt.

After dropping the first load it is back to the bull for another load.

The team are making good progress but time is now against them. They need to get all of the loads back to camp before nightfall, as they know there is a grizzly bear lurking not far away. This really is a team effort, with everyone playing their part, working to their strengths.

With all of the meat now stripped from the carcasses the rest of the team set about moving the last loads back to camp. They leave Mother Nature to dispose of the bones and entrails.

Nothing here goes to waste and the circle of life continues. By the time they reach the airstrip the team are moving at a pretty impressive pace. With the final load dropped off ready to be collected in the morning another incredible day in the Alaskan wilderness comes to an end.

 

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Other hunting products used

Sauer 404 Synchro XTC in .300 WIN

Hornady Interlock 150grain ammunition

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