This thread is great.. get to talk hunting 365 days a year..
I've never had to bone out a moose in the field. I've always brought it back in quarters..
When boned out, how long can one expect to be able to hang it?... probably quite a bit shorter than with the full quarters.. typically I get 10-12 days with full quarters.
My thoughts on it would be I'd hang it in camp till completely cooled out.. and give it two days at least on the bone if possible.. then bone it..(if allowed by regs)
Once boned out, I'm guessing care becomes quite a bit more difficult to control quality.
Back when I'd keep the bigger kenai river King salmon.. I'd hang them over night by the tail.. on the bone.... and they'd tender up quite a bit. All that enzyme activity around the bone seemed to really help the meat.
Has anyone used the you tube vids for meat break down.. excellent.. this guy has a knack for making it easy to follow.. first time I've ever gotten a tri tip off a moose.. and perfect break down of all the cuts.. excellent. If boning in the field these are the cuts I'd break it down to...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzYGBNDc_xU four part.. very good vids