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I use a saw by "Outdoors Edge". I like it because it is light and folds up nice and small. only about 1 1/2" x 12". I will find a picture of it and post it for you schmalts. It's also an inexpensive saw too.
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by tmsander: I don't know why you would need a saw. I have a Wyoming saw, but I sure don't carry it in the field.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I am doing more packing in trips and have a need to cut wood, also would remove the scull plate to lose the poundage for packing out.
Ok TMSanders......here is why you might need a saw. It is snowing like hell.....spike camp is about a mile and a half away, and dark is about 30 minutes away, but you just dropped your bull. So do you spend the next couple of hours in the dark fuggin with him, or do you quarter him, throw him on the ponies and get him back to camp in a blink, where you can deal with him in a more suitable environment........well, I personally like to quarter him and get him back to camp where there is ample light and a few cold ones,...but that is just me. Everyone's style is different.....
While it is possible to quarter an elk without a saw.......with a saw makes about a minute and a half job out of it smilies/wink.gif .........like I said, I don't leave home without it.....
OK DS... if its snowing like hell, then its cold and that bull will be just fine overnight if ya get the guts out. That's what I've done before and probably what I would do again. And I've never needed a saw to quarter an elk, in fact would prefer not to use one for this job. The extra 90 seconds it takes me to quarter without a saw is worth not having the extra weight on my back all day long.
Ok Ok.. let me sort this out. Here's how I see it.. If I was in DS's position where I had horses. I would take the saw, no doubt. Quarter em up quickly and then get home. Now if I backpacked in or just hunted on foot. I would not carry a heavy saw. I do carry a lightweight handheld folding saw though and it works just fine. So I can see the advantages both ways.. Alright now everyone should be happy.. smilies/biggrin.gif
If I were backpacking in, I'd take a saw too, as there would be multiple uses for it. But, as I dayhike in, and am never more that 4 or 5 miles from camp, and will undoubtedly have to make mutliple trips anyway, I don't carry the saw in the field. I can always bring it in on a subsequent trip if I need it.
Bo......the Wyoming saw breaks down and straps to your belt just like a knife, and only ways less than a half a pound, so there is really no reason not to ever have one handy. It has both wood cutting and bone cutting blades.....no weight or bulk issue to speak of, so why not be prepared for anything, right.
Todd, I'm not fond of leaving elk over night.....bears and what not in my area, and it really is painless for me to get the lek to camp without much sweat. The saw makes quick work of detaching the head as well as the lower legs below the knuckle....I know it can be done with a knife......but I've done it both ways and it is quicker for me with the saw.
Pat......if you plan of skull capping the rack, the Wyo Saw would be ideal. Fits on your belt in a scabbard, and makes quick work of the job. I guess a saw is not for everyone.......but it has been one of my better investments.
DS - with horses you have the luxury of getting your game out the night you shoot it as well as the luxury of not caring about a half pound of extra weight.
I'd rather carry a half-pound more water than a saw. And pretty much any critter I shoot at night stays there till the next day. I always dress up the area with a couple of my stinky sweaty shirts and I've yet to have anything disturb the carcass.