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RGD Field Dressing Big Game Bags

Game Bags are Essential for Field Dressing Big Game like Elk, Moose & Deer

Game bags are a valuable tool for field processing and caring for elk, moose, bear, deer and other big hame meat, particularly after you've quartered or boned out the animal. Here's how to effectively use game bags for field processing meat:

After Quartering or Boning:

  1. Separate the Cuts: Once you've quartered the animal or boned out the major muscle groups, separate the different cuts (hind legs, back straps, tenderloins, etc.)

  2. Use Appropriate Bags: Choose high-quality, breathable game bags designed for big game animals. These bags allow air circulation to promote faster cooling and help prevent moisture build-up that can lead to spoilage.

  3. Package Each Cut: Place each individual cut (or manageable groups of cuts) into a separate game bag. This helps with organization, keeps the meat clean, and protects it from insects and airborne contaminants.

  4. Filling the Bags: Don't overstuff the bags. Leave some space for air circulation to facilitate cooling.

  5. Secure the Bags: Close the game bags tightly using the provided drawstrings or zippers to keep the meat secure and protected.

Cooling with Game Bags:

  1. Hanging or Packing: Whether you hang the quartered elk or pack it in coolers, use the game bags.

  2. Hanging: If hanging the quarters, suspend each bagged quarter separately. This allows for better air circulation around each piece of meat.

  3. Packing in Coolers: Pack the bagged elk meat cuts into coolers with ice. The game bags will help keep the meat clean and organized within the coolers.

Benefits of Using Game Bags:

  • Protection: Game bags shield the meat from dirt, debris, and insects during transport.
  • Hygiene: They help maintain cleanliness by minimizing contact with your hands or other contaminants.
  • Air Circulation: Breathable bags promote airflow, aiding in the cooling process.
  • Organization: Separate bags keep different cuts organized and easily identifiable.
  • Moisture Control: The breathable material helps prevent excessive moisture buildup that can encourage spoilage.

Additional Tips:

  • Label the Bags: Consider labeling the bags with the contents (e.g., "hind leg", "tenderloins") for easier identification at camp or during processing.
  • Double Bagging: For extra protection in harsh conditions, you can double bag the meat, especially for long transport journeys.
  • Heavy Loads: For large elk quarters, consider using a game bag rated for heavier weights to avoid tearing during transport.

By effectively using game bags, you can contribute to the proper care and hygiene of your elk meat in the field, ensuring it arrives at camp or a processing facility in excellent condition. RGD game bags meet and exceed all of these safe processing and care essentials.

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