Being that I usually use horses and mules whether guiding or hunting for myself, I usually quarter them up with my ax that is always on my saddle. Ax is much easier than a saw when it comes to splitting them down the spine. I wish i could use a sawzall as that would be slick, but unfortunately in wilderness areas that is against the rules. I also have done plenty the gutless method. The gutless method takes a little longer with skinning them out and peeling out the backstraps, tenderloinds, etc...I am usually hunting in severe grizzly country so getting elk taken care of as fast as possible is key which is why I usually just use my ax. I always cape out the bull if it is going to be mounted before I put it on my horses so i can chop off the skull plate. No need to pack the skull unless it is going to be europeaned. . One thing that always has made me laugh is seeing guys packing out an entire leg...Hoof and all straight up and down. Seen it a few times and always wonder what makes someone not chop that thing off! Nothing better than looking back and seeing racks bobbing back and forth on a string of ponies.