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Old 08-24-2020, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Badlands 2200 backpack with the built-in "meat shelf", but I have never used it to pack out meat. I drew an early rifle elk tag for the Boulder unit this year and I am hoping to have to pack out a big bull. Does anyone have experience using the Badlands meat shelf for packing out game? I am wondering if I should plan to use a pack frame instead of the Badlands pack.
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Old 08-24-2020, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Put seventyfine to a hundred pounds on the pack and go for a walk.

Any pack out there will handle packing meat but it is how it feels on your shoulders and hips after the hike out.

I personally prefer just a plain old pack frame for packing meat out. I hate to think of how much meat I have hauled with one not to mention the elevation gain

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Old 08-24-2020, 12:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've put a front shoulder and backstrap in the main compartment and a hind quarter on the outside meat hauler. It was heavy but it works great. If I have enough people helping I always use the meat shelf. Keeps the inside cleaner. Much nicer than a pack frame for me.
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Old 08-24-2020, 12:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I can't remember the amount of elk I have seen packed out on the 2200. You should be fine.

And enjoy that hunt. It is a beautiful unit.
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I've done at least one hind quarter off a big bull. I can't remember if I had it for the other one I did or not.

I've helped on various other smaller animals like cow elk and deer as well. One time I had a front shoulder and hind quarter from a cow on the meat shelf together and it carried it flawlessly. Well, except for the wimp wearing the pack, which was a problem. But nothing wrong with the pack itself.

I love my 2200. It will work great to haul out your bull. And you simply can't beat Badlands customer service and warranty. After about 5 years I had some stitching coming apart, so after all the hunts were over I took it into their shop in West Jordan. The next day it was sewn back up, even better than it was new. I have no doubt if it would have been something they were worried about not holding, they'd have just given me a new pack.
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Old 08-24-2020, 02:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If a new pack is in your budget, I’d look at a kuiu. I have had several 2200s, packed out countless animals with them and like badlands products. However, put a kuiu pack on with a significant amount of weight in it, and you’ll most likely never look back at the 2200
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Old 08-24-2020, 03:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Started using a Badlands 2200 about 7/8 years ago.

I got my second before this season. Reason I got a new one is my old was their one-size-fits-all frame which is actually a Large. My new is a Medium (I am short, whatever)... My son is tall and has now taken over my old one but I have no doubts I could still sell it for good money. It's been awesome. Haven't needed the warranty, but only heard good things!



They work great. I wouldn't see a reason to buy a new pack, especially when yours isn't even bloody yet.
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Old 08-26-2020, 09:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I've used the Badlands 2200 off and on over the years. I like the pack for what it was designed for.

I hauled out a fairly mature buck in it one year. I was able to get both hind quarters, front quarters and backstraps in it. It wasn't really comfortable, but I got all of that out in one shot. I ended up carrying the head out.

Not an elk, but I think it'll work fine. Just be sure to take your best friends with you to help haul out meat!

I now use the EXO pack. Love it! But it's quite a bit more than the Badlands 2200.
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I will echo what has been said. I have hauled out multiple elk with mine. Handles a hind of a big bull just fine. Great pack and great warranty. I had my first for 10 years. A bunch of zippers had blown out and a few buckles broke. Took it down to them and they gave me a brand new one. Best customer service ever.
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Old 09-02-2020, 06:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for the all comments. I have taken a few hikes with weight in the pack recently and I think it will be okay for hauling quarters. The size of the internal frame isn't ideal, but it will be good enough for packing one bull (hopefully a giant bull) out,
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