Outdoor Gear Reviews

Packing out Wild Game from the Field

Every hunter who ventures more than a mile off of the road must consider the fact that shooting game far from the road requires serious effort to pack out the meat. Pack frames have come a long way over the past several years and Browning introduced the Bull 1000 External Frame Pack last year to meet the needs of hunters. Those looking for a quality aluminum frame pack with lots of adjustability should seriously consider this pack frame.


The Bull 1000 weighs 6 lbs., providing an easy-to-carry frame with quality lash points, a meat shelf, and adjustable torso. The whole system is comfortable with padded straps to make load carrying easy. The pack comes with large adjustable lashing straps built into the pack and you can add more gear and weight and with additional strapping.


Every detail was well thought out on this system. Whether you are going to carry this pack yourself or you are going to have friends swap back and forth with you on long pack outs, this pack will provide a comfortable system for you to bring out the meat and pack in the camp.


What I like most about the Bull 1000 is the wraparound straps and buckles built into the system that allows me to lash loads securely against the frame. The tighter and more evenly you can secure loads to the frame the easier it is going to be to bring out large loads over several miles.


Packing out meat also requires quality game bags. I recommend Caribou Gear Ultralight Synthetic Game Bags. I bone out meat in the field if I can or if I am in a rush or in a storm I will quarter animals out to get them out of the field quickly. Caribou Gear bags offers a tremendous variation in quality game bags for moose, elk or deer. The Caribou Gear Magnum Packs come with four quarter bags, rib bag, meat parts bag, neck meat, backstrap, two mill plastic bag, twist tie, trophy cape bag, camp meat bag, ID Tags, zip locks, vented storage bag, instructions and meat transfer form. These bags are the best you can find and protect your meat from flies and dirt while allowing the meat to cool quickly.


If you cannot drag your animal out of the field less than a few hundred yards, having a serious pack frame and game bags make all of the difference in getting your meat back home quickly and efficiently. At the price for the Browning Bull 1000 External Frame Pack, I recommend having two of these pack frames with you in the truck unless you are hunting alone. Hunting with a friend and splitting the workload between two people can make all of the difference in getting animals out quickly. And nothing bonds a stronger friendship than a long pack out on a successful back country hunt.




Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of HuntingLife.com. His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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