After the shot
Gear for getting your game from the field to the table
Help for dressing and transporting your harvest, to ensure that venison remains as tasty as it should.
BULL 1000 EXTERNAL FRAME PACK
Key features: Adjustable aluminum-frame pack; padded shoulder straps and waist belt; meat shelf and strap system with multiple lash points; weighs six pounds.
The promise: “Comfortably carry heavy loads to and from the woods.”
HERTER’S GAME CART
Cabela’s Canada, $129.99
Key features: Steel frame cart with 300-pound capacity; collapses for easy storage and transport; wheels sport heavy-duty ball bearings and solid rubber tires.
The promise: “Easily pack out your harvested game.”
ForEverlast Hunting and Fishing Products, US$179.95
Key features: Heavy-duty winch, cable and frame lifts 450 pounds; fits standard two-inch hitch receivers; pivots 360 degrees at the base; adjustable load height.
The promise: “Make skinning and lifting game a breeze.”
BACKCOUNTRY GAMBREL AND HOIST
Hunter’s Specialties, US$34.99
Key features: Four-pulley hoist rated for 500 pounds; 40 feet of rot-resistant rope; adjustable spreader for both big and small game.
The promise: “Folds for compact storage and travel.”
RIDGE HUNTER BIG GAME SCALE
Bass Pro Shops, US$24.99
Key features: Easy-to-read dial provides weight measurements in two-pound increments; all-steel construction, including sturdy s-hooks. The promise:“Accurately weighs up to 440 pounds.”
FIELD DRESSING GLOVE KIT
Big Game Treestands, $2.99
Key features: Includes shoulder-length orange gloves, fitted precision gloves and sanitary towelettes. The promise: “Double protection without excess bulk.”
T.A.G. BAGS MEDIUM PRO PACK
Pristine Ventures, US$75
Key features: Made with synthetic Game-Vent, which is lighter, stronger and more durable than cotton. Resists mould, bacteria and insects; includes six 28- by 60-inch bags. The promise: “The new standard for serious hunters.”
The microorganisms that spoil meat multiply more rapidly in warm, damp conditions. That’s why the key to preserving venison is to keep it cool and dry as soon as possible after the kill.
If the air temperature is above 5°C, cool the meat by removing the hide and separating the meat from the internal organs as quickly as possible. Cooling down the meat by just 10 or 15° C makes all the difference before getting it into refrigeration.
Wipe the meat dry, and put it in breathable game bags to keep it clean and ward off insects. Hang the bags in a shaded area exposed to the breeze, with enough space between the bags to allow for air to flow.