Why is packing out so hard? Is it the weight of the animal? Or the unwieldy shape? Or is it the pressure of getting it out in a timely manner? This week on the Artemis podcast we’re joined by Montana hunter Sarah Keller, who tells us about carrying a deer out whole, and getting by on those rough pack-outs when the body is… ahem… “deconditioned.”

  • 3:30 – There is such thing as a Natural Resource Professionals Happy Hour in DC. Sam and Becca were there.
  • 4:30 – Backcountry skiing in Hokkaido, salmon as a common theme, and Artemis International 
  • 6:50 – Freezer feeling kind of full? Time for a dinner party!
  • 8:20 – Why drag when you can carry?
  • 9:15 – A Hunt for Community, a story on deer camp. Join the Deer Camp 2020 Facebook group.
  • 11:00 – Watching others get their first harvest can be pretty fun.
  • 14:00 – You don’t need to be “in shape” (whatever that means) to carry a deer out
  • 15:50 – It’s all in the legs
  • 17:00 – It’s not the weight of an animal that’s more unwieldy… it’s the cumbersome shape of it!
  • 18:00 – The hardest part is standing up…like a giant back squat!
  • 21:00 – What happens when you have an antelope on your back and you see the most amazing rock on the ground and you just have to touch it.
  • 22:30 – Planning hunts, especially solo hunts, based on pack-out distance
  • 23:20 – Dark can also make for a dicey pack-out
  • 28:00 – On satellite devices
  • 32:00 – Packing out a deer on a bike trailer, and Sarah’s article about her bike pack out.
  • 36:30 – Know yourself, your limits, your body
  • 38:20 – Pack out as much as you can… it’s an adventure using it all
  • 41:00 – Have a plan; give yourself the latitude to slow down, mentally