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    bike packing for elk, anyone else doing it?

    Any other bike hunters out there, I have been having a ball packing elk camps in, and coming out with some great meat.

    Lets see some of your setups.

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    I've seen someone on here that uses a BOB trailer to pack the meat out. Don't remember who it was though.
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    Uncommon ground video-mountain bikes and elk hunting

    I helped a guy at work fix up his old bike for hunting duties. We rigged by a Bob trailer, rear rack, and a front rack with a Cogburn "gun rack". I thought it turned out pretty good but he returned with a list of short comings he wants to address, only problem is he doesn't wanna spend any money.

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    Just don't hunt in a Wilderness...


















    (Going in on horseback vs. bike is, IMO, the same damn thing. The bike wilderness ban is stupid.)
    I like 'em low, long, slack and playful

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    I deer hunt off a bike. Not very exciting I hunt my own land so to get anything out I use a 4 wheeler, horse, or truck.

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    We've got quite a few customers out there now and/or preppin' to fill their tags this season.

    One of the nicest setups out there has to be the 'Outfitter' by Felt Bikes.

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    Whatever your rig maybe, the point is to get out there and not to come back with an empty trailer.

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    you may have come before us on no bicycle, but that does not say you know everything.

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    Awesome. That blows up a couple stereotypes, huh.

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    last years pack out
    I got a bunch of photos like these
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    Kenai mountain hunts for caribou and bear are often hunted with a BOB trailer. Fat bikes has made this a more common and efficient endeavor.
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    Been using a simple saddle scabbard camstrapped to the frame for a couple years, no issues. Just ordered a bob trailer to haul meat for the upcoming season (and to entice my wife to go bikepacking). Hope I didn't jinx the hunt!

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    sweet, like the nrs straps

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    nice set up, ebike? we can't use ebikes on gated roads or anywhere a motorcycle in not allowed.

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    Tim,

    Yep it's an (gasp) e-bike. Certainly not allowed everywhere, nor appropriate for everywhere. Gotta appreciate the custom touches regardless.

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    Keeping it (mostly) silent with the SS setup, respect.

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    I wonder if you can get that set up with out the e side of things. I like the look of the set up. especially the trailer behind the fat bike.

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    I have hauled out 2 deer (quartered) using my walmart instep trailer. The most weight i got to was around 130lbs with my gear.

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    That's awesome!
    you may have come before us on no bicycle, but that does not say you know everything.

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    bike packing for elk, anyone else doing it?-img_0143.jpg
    this years pack out.

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    I would really like to turn my pugsley into a hunting machine. I just don't know how to attatch a bob trailer to the bike. The trailer is key for packing meat out.

    as far as weapons, eberlestoc makes a backpack that looks and feels just like a hydration pack with a scabbard attatched. So the weapon is on your back vertical. works exetremly well.

    But if anyone can help me get a trailer for my pugsley, I would be very grateful, deer season is coming and I like the fat tires for the muddy gated roads.

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    When I lived in Idaho in the summer I always wanted to go elk hunting and never got around to it. Now I'm not in a good situation to hunt at all.

    But I'm really enjoying seeing the hunting rigs you guys are using. Thanks for posting your stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
    I would really like to turn my pugsley into a hunting machine. I just don't know how to attatch a bob trailer to the bike. The trailer is key for packing meat out.

    as far as weapons, eberlestoc makes a backpack that looks and feels just like a hydration pack with a scabbard attatched. So the weapon is on your back vertical. works exetremly well.

    But if anyone can help me get a trailer for my pugsley, I would be very grateful, deer season is coming and I like the fat tires for the muddy gated roads.
    Can't vouch for this (and wouldn't allow for bike swapping)

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    After I got the Neck Romancer I hooked it up to my BOB trailer and was disappointed to find the knobs on the left side of the Nate 4.0 tires rubbed against the trailer yoke/fork.

    Last weekend I gave it another try. I've read where some people hooked their Pugs right up to the BOB, while others did some bending of the trailer yoke and/or modifications to the BOB axle. I got out the crowbar, wonder bar, pliers, and workmate. I didn't need any tools, though, because all it took was some pulling with my brute strength on the trailer fork while it was attached to the bike. It worked best to pull on the stem (the part where it swivels). I also flipped over the BOB QR Sleeve at the end of the axle on the left side, which gained me maybe a micro-millimeter of clearance by the tire.

    I didn't gain much clearance but it was enough. I figure I can work on it a bit more. Ignore the duct tape, that's where I planned on using the crowbar.


    Yessiree I test rode this around the neighborhood with a kitty litter bucket filled with water. Always willing to entertain the neighbors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeze6700 View Post
    I have hauled out 2 deer (quartered) using my walmart instep trailer. The most weight i got to was around 130lbs with my gear.

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    My neighbor has a trailer he is willing to let me try this year. The enclosure is no good. He said if it works for me I can have it.

    Any suggestions on things to change or avoid on setup? Planning to tow it with my DB Atroz Comp. Hoping to have a fatty next year. If not, I'll be at least replacing the Rock Shox Monarch R with a Rock Shox Monarch RT3 so I can lockout the rear suspension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
    I would really like to turn my pugsley into a hunting machine. I just don't know how to attatch a bob trailer to the bike.
    Have a look here; a couple of my friends, including Coastkid, who wrote a blog article about it has done this successfully.

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    great photos!!

    elk. i'd imagine there are multiple trips to bring out all the meat anyways right? everytime we had an elk tip over, there were no trails. but dang that looks so fun.
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    boom

    multiple trips is always on the menu with elk. big bulls can be 5 trips. It also depends on how much uphill I have. But I quarter the animals, and sometimes bone them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
    boom

    multiple trips is always on the menu with elk. big bulls can be 5 trips. It also depends on how much uphill I have. But I quarter the animals, and sometimes bone them out.
    Yea. I go gutless and bone it out. I pack on my back and bring buds




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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeze6700 View Post
    I have hauled out 2 deer (quartered) using my walmart instep trailer. The most weight i got to was around 130lbs with my gear.

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    Can you post some close-up picks of your hitch setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
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    this years pack out.
    Can you post some close-up photos of the trailer attachment?

    Also, did you buy that trailer or build it? Do you have plans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_law_man01 View Post
    Can you post some close-up photos of the trailer attachment?

    Also, did you buy that trailer or build it? Do you have plans?
    Bike Trailers | BOBgear
    bought the trailer in the late 90's been a good one. Everything stock.

    robertaxle has the set up for modern hubs. The new rear axles do not take the bob skewer, but he has a way around that.

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    made the pugs into a hunting rig. Bought another bob trailer off of a buddy pretty cheap. Colors match up pretty good. I took it out on its maiden voyage today and worked out pretty good.
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    Nice set up, Tim. Hope that's the last time we see it empty.

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    Did the Caribou trip this year with child carrier type trailer. Wow, the trip out was work out. Anyone not use a trailer and relied on panniers? Or is the single tire trailer that much better than the 2 tire?

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    I have only used the single tire. the problem with the singletire, is loading and unloading can be a pain in the ass, but the trailer does not sway back and forth like the double wheel trailers can. The single wheel is not as tipsy once moving.

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    Good point about loading. The two wheel trailer could be a chore not tracking with the bike tires. As far as resistance, is a single easier to pull?

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    Single might be easier on a narrow trail, I think the surface area of two wheels is preferable.
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    I guess you can get a kick stand for the bob trailer. I will probably get one of those.
    I started with the bob, because that is what I had.

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    ^What I would like is a set of handles that would turn the bob into a sort of wheelbarrow that one or two people could push or pull to the closest trail or two track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb View Post
    ^What I would like is a set of handles that would turn the bob into a sort of wheelbarrow that one or two people could push or pull to the closest trail or two track.
    I imagine you could cut a branch or something like that and zip tie it to the yoke or use bailing twine to run the stick thru the yoke perpendicular and you could each walk beside the trailer and push or pull.

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    how did you get your bob trailer to work on Pugsley with offset rear. I have a charge fat bike with same offset and having trouble finding a good setup for trailer and racks. This bike is mostly for hunting.

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    my buddy just set up his bob this hunting season for the fat bike. had a machinist fabricate a longer back skewer, seems to do the trick and is holding up great.

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    I put a rear skewer in and than bent the yoke to fit. Basically where I saw the yoke and tire touching I pryed the yoke out right there. basically just pulled on it.
    the racks are handy. the rear on is a surly, the front one a cheapo from the lbs.

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    that is exactly what I want to do. What racks are on your bike. how do they work with the offset Pugs. How much clearance in the trailer yoke with fat tires. I want to be able to get the trailer to ride inline with the bike but the offset rear makes that difficult I believe. Is your tire centered in the trailer yoke.

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    I probably have 20 miles of dirt roads on my pugs with the bob. I did not notice the offset with the trailer. I don't think the tolerances are as severe here as they would be with a truck and trailer not being centered. So no issues with the offset rear wheel and trailer. But I have not had a heavy load in the pugs and bob. Very heavy loads on my other set up. just not on this one yet.

    I bought the surly rack for the rear because it had the offset already built into it. I will look at the cheap one and get a picture for you or next time I am in the lbs get the manufacturer. I put a cheaper one up front, because I did not feel it needed to be as burly as the rear. I probably could of got away with the cheap one on both front and back.

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    I took the racks off for winter riding, but I will get the bob on and take some pictures close to the rear wheel to show how much clearance I have.

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    It's coming!

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    16 days for birds.....

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    another successful season. For some reason, I am having a hard time uploading the pics. The bob pulled out another one.

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    Well I got a spike bull elk, the pics are kind of wrong and so right at the same time. the bob worked very well. One pic has my clothes in a dry bag on the back of the bike with the backstraps and tenderloins on the front rack in a game bag. I went back for my big pack and bob trailer. The next 2 loads where heavy. basically 75lbs each load. When I added the elk head on to the front of the bike, the handling was a bit compromised. but at that time, I was exhausted and on cloud 9 at the same time. We got our winter supply of organic, steroid free meat. And spikes taste real good also. Any way the set up worked real well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
    Well I got a spike bull elk, the pics are kind of wrong and so right at the same time. the bob worked very well. One pic has my clothes in a dry bag on the back of the bike with the backstraps and tenderloins on the front rack in a game bag. I went back for my big pack and bob trailer. The next 2 loads where heavy. basically 75lbs each load. When I added the elk head on to the front of the bike, the handling was a bit compromised. but at that time, I was exhausted and on cloud 9 at the same time. We got our winter supply of organic, steroid free meat. And spikes taste real good also. Any way the set up worked real well.
    Very nice!

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    Congrats tim208, thanks for the report. I didn't draw a tag, but had a quarter lined for helping pack it out. Close, but didn't happen this year. Enjoy, elk is the best!
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