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Title: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Lark Bunting on September 27, 2017, 01:21:48 PM
I thought I had made a Big-Boy decision and bought Alaskan game bags. I thought they were decent bags but I guess my memory was askew...and I hated them. I am upgrading to something that will protect the meat, is strong, is washable, etc. The obvious choices are Caribou and Kuiu. Let me know if you have a preference or another contender.


Also, how many and exactly which size from your choice.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: big44a4 on September 27, 2017, 02:10:31 PM
Haven't seen either in action but I have black ovis and buddy has kuiu. Both feel similar to me and seem like they will last for quite a few seasons.


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Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: sjl2012 on September 27, 2017, 07:02:45 PM
TAG bags for me, have a set of black ovis as well and they seem very similar, 2 elk and 1 mule deer so far in the tags, washable and no loose threads yet.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: cnelk on September 28, 2017, 04:29:53 PM
Over-sized pillow cases for me


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Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: otcWill on September 29, 2017, 06:47:57 AM
I use cheap ones from Walmart and I get years and years of use out of them.  Fancy gamebags are as much a gimic as scent killer dryer sheets IMO
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: WW on September 29, 2017, 08:43:55 AM
Agree with OTC Will. Here are four of them vacuum sealed with a coffee cup for size comparison. Found them at Wally World for $2 bucks after the season sale!
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: DTP on September 29, 2017, 10:46:18 AM
I use the Alaskan bags,  but wow, that vacuum pack idea is VERY smart. I'll have to start doing that!
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: publichunter1 on September 29, 2017, 11:55:22 AM
I used the Black Ovis bags for my elk this year and they worked great. I have them cleaned up and packed up for next year already.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Colorado Canuck on September 29, 2017, 12:15:50 PM
I use cheap ones from Walmart and I get years and years of use out of them.  Fancy gamebags are as much a gimic as scent killer dryer sheets IMO


I second that, I've yet to have an issue with Wally bags.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: cohunter14 on September 29, 2017, 03:10:22 PM
I use the Alaskan bags,  but wow, that vacuum pack idea is VERY smart. I'll have to start doing that!
I stole the same idea from Bill a couple years ago. Now I also vacuum seal some rubber gloves, a couple small garbage bags for the backstraps and loins, and a zip tie for my tag as well. Put them all in one bag, seal it up, and you have a kill kit ready to go in the bottom of the pack.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Jason Balazs on September 29, 2017, 04:53:25 PM
I bought Wal-mart out of their gamebags when they were on sale in San Diego, lol. No one was buying them, so they lowered the price to a quarter a piece. I took the whole shelf and have about 50 of them.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: ScottTahoma on October 16, 2017, 03:59:52 AM
I bought Wal-mart out of their gamebags when they were on sale in San Diego, lol. No one was buying them, so they lowered the price to a quarter a piece. I took the whole shelf and have about 50 of them.


Now, that's amazing!  :-D
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Billy Goat on October 16, 2017, 07:46:33 PM
pillow cases for me. 


I put a "drawstring" in the fold so it works like an old tobacco pouch.


I've only killed two now, but the bags have worked well both times.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: mjgetch on November 19, 2017, 10:49:43 PM
I have been using T.A.G bags from quite a few years and like them a lot. Can get 6 in my pack pretty easily. Just ordered a set of Hang Em High game bags to try also. Heard good things about them. https://www.facebook.com/hangemhighgamebags/ what I want it a quality bag that I can get 6 in a small stuff sack and always have enough bags to do an elk.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Cking38 on November 29, 2017, 08:22:25 AM
I used the black Ovis ones this year and my buddy used the Alaskan. This was both our first trip hunting elk and I wonít use the Alaskans at all. I donít know if we had a bad batch or what but his bags ripped on us and luckily we had mine and I loved them. They were easy to hang, and they are rewashable/reusable. I love that.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: va_elk on November 30, 2017, 09:48:04 AM
OTC will, are those the Allen brand that Walmart carries?  If so will have to stock up as they are pretty cheap here as well.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Eh_bearoutdoors on February 27, 2018, 11:37:59 PM
Tag bags also here.....thinking of getting a set of black ovis ones as they are cheaper and always seem to be on sale.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: kyarcher on February 28, 2018, 04:17:17 PM
I just picked up a set of BlackOvis from Camofire.com that were discounted.  Hopefully I will get to use them this year.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Turnercody on February 28, 2018, 04:39:51 PM
I guess I've never seen these wall Mart game bags.. I feel skeptical about them tho.. for $40 on camofire, the black ovis elk bags are money. Comes with 4 quarter bags and one meat bag.  There just as good  as kuiu or caribou . I don't agree that game bags are a gimic of the hunting industry.. anyone that would admit to losing meat to flies or dirt or whatever will testify to this.   anything  (within reason)  that aids in getting my meat off the mtn unspoiled is worth it to me.. I've put 3 elk in mine last year and being able to hose them off and use them again is a good investment to me. I don't see myself buying any for awhile.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: WW on February 28, 2018, 06:21:34 PM
If your local Wally World doesn't stock the Allen game bags, I think the Remington ones are the same thing.

They can be washed and reused several times. I consider them to be a multi-use item. They can be used as a sling for an injured arm, a pillow, a bandage, or just about anything else you can think of. Also, when you vacuum seal them like I do, they make an excellent liner for the bottom of your pack and take up very little room at all.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: buglelk on March 01, 2018, 11:04:16 AM
Hey guys!


Just a few things to consider....


There are 2 types of Alaskan Game Bags.....the cheaper 'cheesecloth' type bags that usually run very badly and are very susceptible to tears and bugs/dirt getting through. They also have the 'Northern' style of bags that are not rolled, and are made with a completely different material. The 'Northern' style bags by Alaska Game Bags are much more durable and for the money, are a great option.


The other thing I want to mention is that I would strongly suggest staying away from cotton (i.e., pillowcases). Cotton will hold moisture, and moisture against the meat for a prolonged period can be bad. Most of the 'brand' game bags mentioned are synthetic material, and definitely the way to go.


I actually took 5 different 'brand' game bags with me on my Idaho elk hunt last year, and used one bag from each brand on my elk. I am working on editing the review to show the differences, but I wouldn't hesitate to use Black Ovis, Caribou, Alaska (Northern), or TAGS. Black Ovis and Caribou were the top 2 in my experience.


Just FYI... :-)
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Turnercody on March 01, 2018, 07:53:11 PM
hey corey     look forward to that review ...
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: ZB on March 02, 2018, 11:08:07 AM
I used the Black Ovis bags last fall.  I was very impressed with them and they were easy to use.  They also come in a nice package that doesn't take up a lot of space in your pack.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: bryan m on March 20, 2018, 10:06:50 AM
I've used bags by Ajillis for two seasons now and have been very pleased. I have hauled 1 elk, 2 antelope, and 4 whitetails with the same set and they are still in good shape. Easy to clean and fairly cheap on ebay.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: inzane on March 23, 2018, 12:12:10 PM
I've just used the cheesecloth bags in the past but I wasn't traveling too far from home. I have a 2000 mile trip now so I upgraded to the caribou wapiti game bags. Gonna give those a try, looks to be a good bag that a lot of people are using. We shall see.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: DudeOfColorado on March 23, 2018, 12:32:38 PM
I personally prefer the TagBag BOMB kit for backcountry. Caribou Gear bags are just as nice. Last year, 4 of us took an elk out of a very steep valley. With bone on and tight straps on pack, doesn't matter as much until the meat makes it into a tree. Everyone raved about my TagBags. I've since picked up the BlackOvis version to test out this coming year.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: oregonbowhunter on March 23, 2018, 01:52:45 PM
Caribou game bags for me the last 4 years have worked great!
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Gcarter on March 23, 2018, 02:04:34 PM
I've used the same Caribou bags the last 3 seasons.  Hauled 3 elk and 1 deer in them.  Still in great shape and working well.  Highly recommend them.  Just wash them every time you use them and they're good to go.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: mckayam1 on March 23, 2018, 07:12:02 PM
I use cheap ones from Walmart and I get years and years of use out of them.  Fancy gamebags are as much a gimic as scent killer dryer sheets IMO
Are they called anything specific?  The ones at Walmart

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Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: patch1010 on March 25, 2018, 01:04:53 PM
I use Jimmy Tarps game bags any more. I have 2 years and 3 elk in them so far. They clean right up.
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Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Cheybo on March 26, 2018, 10:48:19 AM
Elk Moose 6 piece set off of Amazon.  Use them last year and they were awesome.  Half the price of the higher end sets performed very well.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: ironhorse_archer on March 26, 2018, 07:51:38 PM
Caribou Gear's " The Wapiti" ultra light set here!
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Tim B. on March 26, 2018, 07:57:11 PM
I just picked up the Ovis XL game bags, but before that I have used the Alaska games bags. They are easy to use, but I never felt like I could get a second season out of them.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: nclonghunter on March 26, 2018, 08:00:46 PM
Caribou Gear-bone out bags
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Kdkehoe on March 26, 2018, 08:02:47 PM
Barlow, youíll have to let us know how they work out!   I picked up the caribou gear wapiti and so far I think they a similar comparison. I havenít used the wapiti yet, last set is dunzo from last year. 
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: Lilfellar on March 27, 2018, 07:03:39 AM
Has anybody used the bags that come soaked in antibacterial goo?
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: mtelkhunter20 on March 27, 2018, 08:58:56 AM
I started using the Caribou bags a couple of years ago after using Alaska bags which are quite heavy compared to the caribou bags.
I couldn't be happier with the decision as the Caribou bags are lightweight, ultra durable, breathable, packable and clean up with a washing machine after a successful hunt in the field.
Title: Re: Which game bags are you using for elk?
Post by: hikenhunt on March 27, 2018, 04:35:46 PM
I tried some bags from Walmart before and was not impressed. They basically fell apart if they were stretched. I've actually had good luck with Alaska game bags