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REDBONEParticipantFebruary 28, 2018 at 3:54 pmPost count: 23REDBONEParticipantFebruary 28, 2018 at 1:03 pmPost count: 23REDBONEParticipantDecember 29, 2015 at 4:14 pmPost count: 23
This is the answer I got a couple years ago when I asked the same question:
In Iowa it is not legal to bone deer and pack the meat out. You must tag the carcass immediately after killing the deerÃƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½ with the transportation portion of the tag and validate the tag by notching the date of kill. The harvest report portion of the tag can be attached later (within 48-hours) after you have reported the harvested deer as required by regulations. You can bone the deer out once you have transported the carcass to the location where the deer will be processed/butchered etc.. I take outer muscle off of the rib-cage but I do not go between the ribs..a rib cage in this condition would not be considered waste.
I am older as well (near 60) and an active deer hunter. I use a plastic sled/tobbagen to drag my deer out on snow/ice. During a dry winter like this year, I use a 2-wheel cart to load the deer carcass and wheel it out. My other choice, and when I am a long way from the truck I may choose to let the deer walk and put my safety back on.
Good luck in your future hunts.
Steve DermandREDBONEParticipantDecember 24, 2014 at 11:55 pmPost count: 23REDBONEParticipantJanuary 25, 2014 at 4:57 pmPost count: 23REDBONEParticipantJanuary 25, 2014 at 1:20 amPost count: 23REDBONEParticipantJanuary 7, 2011 at 5:51 pmPost count: 23