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I am looking to start a pack string and could certainly use all the advice in the world. Is there a perfect number for a string? is there such a thing as to many? Would I want to stagger the string in age at all?

I am using these primarily as hunting packers and some backpacking over the summers.
 

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Here's the break down.

Cow or spike takes 4 goats. Big bull takes 6 goats or multiple trips. Huge bull takes..... well if I ever get a huge one I'll let you know. ;)

I generally bone out the meat and split it into goat loads as soon as I get one down. (25lb bags)

I bring out the head when I go out to get the goats because thats the most unwieldy load and you can carry it without a pack frame. Having already bagged it, I have a good idea how many goats its going to take. I'll carry a load as well if it keeps me from making another trip. I've been known to load the goats extra heavy if its not over a couple miles to the truck and not too steep and nasty.
 

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We used 6 goats to pack out Doc's 6x6 this year.



3 -40lb loads
3 - 30lb loads

And I carried 10lbs, Doc packed the cape and antlers. 220lbs of boned out meat.

Here's a link to a very informative study of the elk carcass by the U of WY. They address meat care and have very good estimates of the boneless meat you can expect from various ages and sex.

http://ces.uwyo.edu/PUBS/B594R.pdf
 
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