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Methods for Packing Out Big Game Animals

Harvesting a trophy buck is an exciting moment in your hunting expedition. But do you know about packing out big game animals?

The adventure doesn’t stop when you successfully pull the trigger. No, in fact, the work is just beginning! Rarely are the best hunting locations close to trails, roads, parking lots, most civilizations, or any convenient spot. While less convenient, these special hunting areas allow you to enjoy the quiet open-air and the opportunity to harvest big game animals. So, packing out your harvest is more than likely required.

Learn more about this process below.

Methods for Packing Out After Hunting

There are several methods you can use to pack out your harvest after a successful hunt:

Horses or Mules — When you picture a hunter tending to deer or elk, you likely imagine some sort of pack animal carrying the load. Pack animals, such as horses or mules, are efficient beasts, as they can carry close to 20% of their body weight. While these animals can be helpful, they can also be intimidating creatures that require skill to handle. Both hunters and animals will need proper training before taking care of your harvest.

Off-Road Vehicles — Off-road vehicles, such as UTVs or ATVs, are great options when hauling your harvest off the mountain. They do the heavy lifting and work for you, carry a large amount of meat, and many hunters already have one. While a popular choice among hunters, they do come with some drawbacks. UTV and other off-road vehicles are noisy and take away your ability to surprise or sneak up on your prey. Moreover, some hunting areas do not allow these vehicles on the land.

Man Power — The most common and least expensive method to pack out meat is on foot. This method requires physical strength and ability. Because of this, year-round fitness training may be necessary. Thankfully, today’s market offers many backpack options specifically designed for packing out meat. In addition to the financial savings, many hunters today prefer to pack out on foot because of the sense of accomplishment it gives. Just make sure to invest in a comfortable pair of boots.

Other Methods — Some remote locations like Canada or Alaska will require you to pack out your harvest in another method, such as a plane or boat because they lack nearby roads or highways. Boats, planes, and any other unconventional method allows you to hunt in otherwise un-huntable areas. Of course, these methods require additional funds and accommodations.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

Packing out your harvest is a small price to pay for months and months of tasty, healthy, and organic meat in your freezer. As your season comes to a close and you’ve packed out your harvest this season, it’s time to think about next year! Book an exciting Rocky Mountain hunting adventure with the experts at R & K Hunting Company. Let us take the headaches and hassles of planning and prepping so that you can focus on landing your next harvest. Contact us today!

Where Do You Need A License To Hunt?

Before you can hunt the big trophy game of your dreams, you’ll need to take care of paperwork first. In most cases, to legally hunt in the United States, you’ll need to have a state hunting license from the state you are planning to hunt in. By law, you can’t legally go on a hunt if you’re not complying with your state’s fish and game department requirements associated with the license you have. A hunting license can be attained by purchasing one from any retailer that specializes in sporting goods, or anywhere that sells hunting and fishing equipment. 

Although attaining a hunting license isn’t too tricky, each state has unique hunting licensing requirements and hunting regulations. If you’re hunting on a national wildlife refuge, some also require their permits and user fees. Here’s how some states differ from others when it comes to licensing and hunting. 

Utah

There are some basic but essential discrepancies between a Utah hunting or fishing license and a hunting permit. For starters, if you plan to fish or hunt game animals in Utah, you must have a license. Start by obtaining a basic hunting license, which allows you to hunt small game; this includes most species of waterfowl and upland game. After you’ve got your basic hunting license, you can apply for separate, more specific hunting permits that you need to hunt certain species. These species include big game, cougars, bears, and other animals. There are also combination licenses, which includes all the benefits of a basic license and allows you to fish.

Wyoming

According to Wyoming law, all hunters born after January 1st, 1966, must complete hunter education certification to be able to hunt in Wyoming legally. The only exception is unless they have acquired a Hunter Mentor Program special authorization and plan to hunt with a mentor. Completion of a state agency-approved hunting course is required to be eligible for a hunting license. Said hunting course must be approved by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, as well as IHEA-USA. The benefit of obtaining a Wyoming Hunter Education Card is that any state, province, or country that requires former hunting education will accept your Wyoming hunter education card. 

Idaho

To hunt in Idaho, you’ll need a hunting license, and depending on the species you want to hunt, you’ll need a tag permit. Idaho has both controlled and general season hunts. General season tags are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters are required to apply for controlled hunts, which are issued through a random drawing. According to Idaho law, all hunters born after December 31st, 1974, must complete hunter education certification unless they can provide proof of previously holding a hunting license in Idaho or another state. Said course must be approved by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and IHEA-USA. 

Once you’ve attained your hunting license, contact our hunting guides at R & K Hunting to plan your next hunt at our private lands situated in both Utah and Wyoming. 

Why Do Hunters Need Permits & Licenses?

Hunting has been an American pastime since, well, forever. Evolving from hunter-gatherers, hunting has become more sport and recreation than a survival tactic, but there are still plenty of people who hunt to provide a livelihood for their families. Hunting can be an indication of self-sufficiency, coming-of-age, belonging, and even connection with nature. But in modern days, hunting requires much more oversight and regulation. 

No matter where you live, you likely fall under some umbrella of hunting regulation. Purchasing and owning a weapon, for example, is highly regulated. The types of weapons you can hunt with is also regulated. Each state will have different geographical boundaries for hunting, and even specific species that are cleared for pursuit. Restrictions on age, timeframes, total kills, and other elements of hunting will vary depending on where you live. But why? At R & K Hunting we understand hunting permits, licenses, and regulations and exactly why they’re in place.

Why Do Hunters Need Permits & Licenses? 

  • Public Safety. Hunting and gun-owning licenses prevent dangerous individuals from easily acquiring deadly force weapons. Permits and hunting boundaries can prevent hunters from getting too close to public areas, or shooting other hunters. 
  • Conservation. Regulations on what animals you can hunt, and how many you can kill, are all about the conservation of natural resources and protecting the delicate ecosystems of our wilderness. Deforestation, pollution, forest fires, and population decline are all consequences of over-hunting that isn’t carefully regulated with permits and licensing. 
  • Revenue. Another big reason behind governing the hunt is the collection of tax revenue from hunters when they apply for permits, licenses, hunter education classes, tags, and other regulations with a price tag. This can be a major source of revenue in states with extensive public lands, such as Utah. 
  • Personal Safety. Those permits and licenses are in place to help you. Did you know that at various times the animals you hunt could expose you to Lyme disease and other harmful strains of infection? Young hunters are required to take hunter safety classes so they don’t accidentally injure themselves or others due to their lack of experience. 
  • To Protect the Hunt. The hunting we know and enjoy would cease to exist if hunting were completely unregulated. Your favorite hunting spot would become overcrowded, scaring away and killing off all the prey, and even exposing you to more danger. Although at times it can seem inconvenient, the reality is that these hunting regulations such as permits and licenses allow you to continue to enjoy hunting for decades to come. 

It’s important to understand and respect the hunting regulations in your state and nation because they’re there to protect you, others, and the future of hunting altogether. R & K Hunting knows exactly how to maximize your hunting experience to keep you well within the regulations set by your hunting permit and license so that you have a safe and successful hunt this year. Let us help you plan the very best hunt ever. 

 
 
 

How To Break in Your Hunting Boots

Your hunting gear can make a huge impact on the success and comfort of your hunting trip. If you don’t have enough practical hunting gear, you can find yourself working twice as hard. If you have lots of great hunting gear but don’t know how to use it, you will feel frustrated and maybe even injure yourself. It’s a delicate balance of having the right amount of hunting gear, the right type of hunting gear, and the right expertise to use that hunting gear. 

Having the ideal hunting gear situation may be a lifetime in the making, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get started today.

R & K Hunting is very passionate about creating the best possible hunting experience for hunters of all types and levels, so today we’re starting with a very crucial piece of hunting gear that can make your hunt more effective and comfortable: hunting boots.

  1. Purchase Well. Buy the very best hunting boots you can afford, and be sure to try a couple of different sizes and styles to see which meets your needs. Remember that you usually wear thick socks, so don’t buy hunting boots that are tight on your everyday dress socks. 
  2. Read Manufacturer Recommendations. Often the manufacturer will have guidelines and recommendations for wearing and breaking in your new boots. You may also want to check the return policy. 
  3. Start at Home. You want to start slow and small. Try wearing your boots around your house in the evenings after work. Be sure to wear the socks and insoles you would normally wear while hunting. Eventually up the time to wear your boots around the house for a whole Saturday. 
  4. Move Outside. Take a few laps around the block to see how it feels to walk in the hunting boots for an extended period of time. Make note of pinching or blisters. 
  5. Hike! The last step to fully break in your hunting boots is to take them for a spin on a trail. Load up a small pack and head for the hills. Ideally, you will take several hikes, increasing time, mileage, and incline to full break in the boots. 

Don’t skip these steps – they will make your feet happier and healthier so you can get the most out of your next hunting trip. 

 
 

5 Things The Best Hunters Use

Hunting can be an incredibly personal and customized experience. Some people like to camp, others like to make it a day trip. Hunters prefer different weapons, different habitats, and different game. The ways to hunt are as varied as each individual hunter. How will you know what you prefer? How will you know what’s necessary and what’s just personal taste?

One of the best ways to figure out your own personal hunting style is to go with an expert hunter or to hunt with a variety of different hunters to try out the way others hunt. You can do extensive research online and take frequent trips to your outdoor warehouse to pore over the huge range of options for hunting gear.

At R & K Hunting we love everything to do with hunting, so we’ll start you out by sharing our 5 basic tools that every hunter should use. You can get creative and flexible with the style, shape, size, brand, and model of each, but the essentials are critical.

  1. A Good Hunting Knife. You may think you’ll never need it, or that it’s an awkward or dangerous thing to carry. A knife can help with cutting, sawing, opening, loosening, freeing, and even self-defense. We suggest a fixed, Bowie-style knife, but an everyday carry knife with other attachments can also be useful.
  2. Binoculars. Quality binoculars can completely up to your hunting game. You can see farther, clearer, and with more confidence. There are good binoculars at every price point so find something you like and begin using them.
  3. GPS & Map. You can’t rely on your smartphone for your hunts in the wilderness. Combine a map with a GPS device so that you can always know where you are. Some modern GPS units have capabilities to chart trails and plot your campgrounds.
  4. Camouflage. This is a very wide range of products, but every hunter uses them in some form. You may start with clothing, then work your way up to skin paint, and even to portable hunting blind that you can set up to shoot out of for maximum camouflage.
  5. Boots. Your footwear makes an enormous difference in your performance and general comfort level. Well-fitting, gripping boots will help you go harder, faster, and longer than a weaker boot that will give you blisters and even a sprained ankle. Invest in good boots and spend time breaking them in long before your hunt.

If you’re serious about hunting, you should begin with these 5 key hunting pieces. You can assemble them slowly and upgrade as necessary, but you should focus on these for your hunting foundation.

Ask your hunting friends or the experts at R & K Hunting if you’re in need of recommendations for starting points, such as their favorite hunting knife or where they go to try on and purchase hunting boots. We hope you find all the necessary tools to make your hunting trip a success!

 

Preparing For the Big Game Hunting Season

Hunting season is the most exciting time of year for hunters. A close second is the pre-hunting season when you get to prepare for your hunts. It’s incredibly satisfying to plan out your trip, from the game you’ll hunt and the gear you’ll pack to the weather to expect and the food you’ll bring. Even if you just go by yourself it’s important to plan ahead, and can be a pleasurable experience too. Planning with your entire hunting crew can be a fun and smart experience, as well as an opportunity to teach and prepare your younger and newer hunters.

How do you prepare for your hunting season? There are so many ways to plan for your hunt. Whether you prefer pen and paper, shared online planning sheets, group texts, and chats, or other methods for planning and preparing, it’s important to stop and plan ahead to make sure your hunt is comfortable and safe.

R & K Hunting provides hunting support and private hunting guides to take your hunts to the next level. Today we’re sharing some good ideas for preparing for your big game hunting season.

Preparing For the Big Game Hunting Season

  • Start with a Goal. What are you hoping for your hunt? Is this the season you want to tackle big game for a trophy hunt? Maybe it’s the year you finally teach your son or friend to hunt or try a new target. You need a strong picture of what you’re hoping to get from this hunt and then work backward.
  • Permits, Licenses, Tags. If you’re hoping to hunt a specific type of game or a particular area, you’ll likely need a permit or tag. You’ll definitely need a hunting license for each person in your hunting party, so start working on getting all the legal paperwork and allowances you will need far in advance.
  • Choose a Location. Once you know what you can and want to hunt, you need to narrow down your location. Having a location can help you plan the best time of year, how long you’ll stay, how you’ll camp or lodge, and other factors like weather, food, and physical exertion.
  • Research. Do some serious research into your location, the big game you plan to hunt, the best weapons to use, any hunting gear you’ll need, climate, and any dangers you’ll need to be aware of for your hunting trip. Consider hiring a private hunting guide from R & K Hunting to help you make the most of your trip.
  • Gear Up. Begin arranging your gear far in advance of your trip. Lay out everything you think you’ll need for the trip, and don’t be afraid to use a packing list from a hunting guide or our experts at R & K Hunting. Make a shopping list for everything you need, and get it early. For items, you’ll wear and rely on, such as boots and your hunting weapons, break them in with plenty of time to spare before your hunt.

We hope you have almost as much fun planning your big game hunting trip as you do on your big game hunting trip!

Top 5 Hunting Destinations

When hunting, the destination can determine just about everything about the trip. Where you hunt can determine what weapons you can and want to use, the game you’ll have access to, the climate, clothing and protective gear, transportation, food and water, and even more factors. If you’ve been hunting in the same area for generations, you may know the terrain like the back of your hand. But have you considered the various benefits of trying a new hunting destination?

A new hunting destination can present plenty of new experiences. New terrain tests your hunting instincts and perceptive abilities. It creates a new set of challenges to reveal your true hunting prowess and allows you different game and techniques to use. Why not try a new hunting destination this year? It’s the perfect time to begin planning your next hunting trip to a destination that will test and stimulate you as a hunter.

R & K Hunting is all about creating new and rewarding experiences for hunters, and part of that is understanding the best places to hunt. Today we’re sharing our top 5 hunting destinations.

  1. Alberta, Canada. Alberta is a popular hunting destination and for good reason. It is miles and miles of a gorgeous landscape filled with some of the most diverse and huge game in the world. Sheep, bears, elk, moose, duck, geese, and more can be yours, making it an excellent destination for trophy hunts.
  2. South Dakota, USA. South Dakota is known as the pheasant capital of the world and provides a huge number of fowl for a challenging hunt. The climate can be cold and unforgiving at times, making this a destination hunt for the experienced and prepared, but it’s a great option for American hunters looking for something new.
  3. Tanzania, Africa. Tanzania is known as the world’s ultimate hunting destination and is home to plenty of hunting reserves and nationally protected parks. Big game for trophies is totally unmatched, including rhinos, lions, buffalo, and exotic animals.
  4. Texas, USA. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the hunt. If you’re looking for bucks, Texas has more than anywhere else. There are plenty of options for hunting ranches and professional hunting guides to help you bag big game like wildebeest, buffalo, and more.
  5. Utah, USA. People come from all over the world to experience the gorgeous terrain and plentiful big game. Antelope, elk, mule deer, moose, and plenty of fowl. Our guided hunts in Utah are our most popular and successful, whether for education or trophy hunting. We have exclusive hunting properties that allow for private hunts much different from your traditional public hunting habitats.

Most hunters return to the same place year after year, but changing the scenery can make a huge difference in your experience and skill level. If you’re ready for a new challenge, a trophy hunt, or a hunting experience that is far more memorable, it might be time to try a new hunting destination and R & K Hunting can make it happen for you.

 

What Every Hunter Should Carry For Emergencies

Hunting can be an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience, but it can also be very dangerous and isolating. Any hunter knows that being prepared for emergencies is critical, no matter the length, difficulty, or weather predicted for your hunting trip.

Our hunting experts at R & K Hunting have carefully compiled the following comprehensive list of vital hunter survival tools that every hunter should carry with them on each and every hunting trip.

Take care to read this list and assemble your own hunter emergency kit so that you can be prepared and rest assured that you’re ready for whatever comes next on your big hunting trip.

So What Should Every Hunter Should Carry For Emergencies?

  • First Aid Kit – Most hunters understand the need for a first aid kit, and may even carry one already. But do you know what’s in your first aid kit? Small and cheap first aid kits often carry only band-aids, triple antibiotic, and a bandage wrap or two. Figure out exactly what is in your first aid kit. Make sure alcohol wipes and triple antibiotic hasn’t leaked or dried out. Supplement your first aid kit with anything you might personally need.
  • Communication – How will you call for help if you need it? Consider a backup or satellite phone, radio, and a hand-crank charger so that you’ll never be without contact if you need it. You may also want to include flares or a whistle so you could attract attention if stuck.
  • Defense – Of course you plan to use your hunting weapon, but what if it malfunctioned and you needed further protection? Carrying a backup weapon or at least a small and useful knife is critical for hunters. We always recommend carrying a small, sharp knife on your person for a variety of uses.
  • Batteries & Flashlight – There are so many occasions that you’ll need quick light when hunting. Keep a flashlight within arm’s reach at all times, and always carry backup batteries since battery life and status can be difficult to determine.
  • Firepower – We don’t actually mean bullets. If you were stranded, would you be able to start a fire for warmth, light, signaling, or cooking? Disposable matches are a great option, and hunters should also carry a lighter. Keeping several options for starting fires on your person, in your pack, and at camp is always a good idea, as long as they’re safe and protected.
  • Identification – If you were to be injured or incapacitated in the wilderness and someone else found you, would they know where you came from, or even what to call you? Keeping a form of identification on you is as easy a nametag on the tag of your jacket or the label of a coat. It’s also a good idea to identify where your camp is and/or a number for someone to contact in an emergency.
  • Cash – It’s hard to predict when you’ll need money on a hunting trip. You can be stranded, break down, or have any other number of surprising circumstances. Keeping cash hidden in your pack or on your person can help you in an emergency, just in case.

At R & K Hunting we know almost everything there is to know about hunting, and we want to help you have the best hunting experience possible. We hope your hunt is successful and exciting!