That 240 Lbs Wild Boar... was that the weight before deboning? Were those two trips with deboned meat? Or did you take bones as well? (I know with pigs the ribs/spareribs are a coveted thing.)
Also... on another thread like this... somebody was mentioning that when deboning that bear renders much less meat than you'd expect, due to the thick heavy bones and thick layer of fat.
You guys experienced with taken bears out of the field... how true would you say that statement to be?
One thing for sure I learned from taken my first deer last year is that I need to be better about ensuring to skin off any and all muscle which is trying to cling to the hide during the skinning process. Adds weight to the hide part, and wastes meat to a small degree.
Soo hoping I can get myself down into the bear spot before first light. Because of the distance to get there (7 mi, 1850 ft descent), and being solo, I'll have to start the hike-in like at 2:30am-3am or so to make it down there before light. In this particular spot if I'm going to have a chance at all it has to be during the Archery period. There's no real good reason for them to be there during regular Fall season. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't apprehensive about attemtping Bear with Archery while solo. In Cali... can we not carry a backup sidearm during Archery Bear? I'm only bothering to ask because it's just one tag for either... not like you're specifically opting for Archery-Only as with deer. I mean... if I have to I guess I'll go without gun backup. But it does make me nervy as hell to be in their house without a gun. Especially since I had another critter (BobCat) creep up on me out there to within 25ft.
Took about 2 hours to haul out maybe 115-120 Lbs of deer a total of 4 miles that was mostly a slow gradual downhill. I figure more weight... and going uphill... for 7 miles... that it'd probably take like 4.5-5.0hrs or maybe even more... due to the increased rest breaks I'd have to do... and it'd have to be done/begun at least when sun is pretty close to setting so that will mitigate the heat issue for me as much as possible. But I know I wouldn't be able to make 2 trips. At least not solely on foot.
Been considering a single-MtnBike-wheeled carrying system I saw. But won't have enough time to get my brother to make it for me this year. So been considering riding the downhill trek on a lighter hardtail MtnBike I have to lesson the time factor to get down in there and possibly provide me with a set of wheels I can drape the pack over to push back up the hill to keep the weight off my back perhaps? Only thing is even though going back outta there is on a road... that first like 1 mile on the return is very steep for a road. That part on foot really takes it out of ya. Most of the pain on going back up though is the high amount of time with the pack on and the heat build-up on my back. But I do know that pushing a bicycle uphill for a long time can be strenuous too for how it tires-out your shoulder muscles. Either way, I'm stubborn as all get out. So if I get lucky... at the very least, the maximum amount of meat from the bear I believe I can possibly carry will be brought with me and the rest I guess I'll just have to look at as tribute to be paid back to the forest, unfortunately.
On that note... if it's summer time... lets say upper 80's minimum for the highs... would any of you think any meat left behind would even be worth going back down in there to fetch? Wouldn't it go bad by the next day?... if not found and eaten first.
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