I have spent the day trying to figure out what is getting cut from my gear list and what isn't, as well as estimating the weight of all the gear I will be taking. A few questions came up in my research:
1. Do you guys carry a small tarp with you to bone out your meat? I always carry one for caribou and like how my meat comes back clean. I was looking at a 4x6, and a 6X8 Tarp, the small one weighs in at 10oz, and the bigger one weighs in at about 1 pound. I am just wondering if there is a better option than a tarp.
2. What kind of bivy shelters do you guys carry? I was looking at the mountain hardware bivy bag, but I want to know if anybody has any recommendations before I buy blindly.
3. I had a Gerber folding saw, but it broke on my last caribou hunt. I am trying to find one that is light weight, but not going to break on me, and hopefully doesn't take an hour to cut the horns off the skull.
Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Right now I have my pack down to about 31 pounds, which leaves me 19 pounds for food. I still need to weigh my gear without the all the carry bags, and other misc they come with. I am hoping I can get my gear down to 25, which would allow me to get 25 pounds of food, and more time on the mountain. And maybe it would allow me to throw in a book to read while I am waiting for the season to open, or the weather to clear.