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Elk hunters take a load off with pack-out promise


Bugling bull elk, a rare hunting opportunity in the relatively small Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness of Washington, are fair game for hunters in the sprawling Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana.
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Bugling bull elk, a rare hunting opportunity in the relatively small Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness of Washington, are fair game for hunters in the sprawling Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana. (File/Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

HUNTING -- Part of getting ready for an elk hunt is being prepared for actually finding, shooting and tagging one.

That's when the hard part begins.

Some friends will get busy or even hide when they see an elk hunter's caller ID show up on their ringing phone this time of year.

But I have backup, not only with my hunting partner in the field, but also waiting in the wings at home.  When I mentioned the rigors of packing out elk meat from the places I have traditionally found them -- far from roads -- I received this Facebook message from a hard-bodied young woman in the Spokane Mountaineers:

I'll pack out your elk if it's after my cross-country season! I can carry up to 60 pounds for up to 25 miles. Will work for steak.

 




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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