So you have your first big game animal down, and breaking it down for a pack animal isn't an option. It will all be going out on your back. I want to hear how you prepare your meat for the packout, and what you do once you have it at the truck.
The first thing that I always do is get the hide off, the hide is meant to keep the animal warm when it is alive. I am trying to do just the opposite. That meat needs to cool down and quick!
Because I am a backpack hunter, I always bone out the meat. My methods may not be pretty, but they get the meat off of the bone. Meat actually turns green from the inside out, opening up the quarters to get every usable piece of meat off the bone helps tremendously to keep it cool.
What do you guys do?