Why does my game meat taste gamey?
In truth, the answer is easy, meat care and handling. I hear many hunters say; "I don't use game bags because I leave the hide on....In truth, yes the meat is clean but is likely to taste gamey, because the meat wasn't allowed to cool properly, the faster the game is allowed to cool the better the taste.
We don't use game bags: some - hunters, outfitters, guides, don't use game bags because...They say...
It's cold when I hunt.
I'm not eating it.
The meats donated.
I never shoot anything.
I put the meat in a cooler
I just drop it in the panniers (storage bag or box on the horse).
We say the panniers are dirty from the last hunt last year...
Unless you carry a cooler on your back you can't get the meat in the cooler fast enough, that is unless you gave the flies notice first.
You never shoot anything? OK, what if you do, are you prepared!
Remember birds don't hibernate!
Whether you're a guide, outfitter, self-guided hunter, you ethically owe it to yourself, the family or recipient of the donated game meat. And by law to properly care for your hard-earned harvest, regardless if you eat the meat or not. So the next time you go out and buy that 4,000 - 15,000 dollar guided hunt, four hundred dollar matching camo set, rifle or bow... think about how you intend to care for your game meat. We at Caribou Gear sincerely care how you care for your game meat, We say! Use a game bag! Of any make or model, by any manufacturer, well maybe? You want to true protection over the long hall use Caribou Gear Game Bags read why!
You are still obligated in the proper care of your game meat. Be prepared.
When your successful hunter is back home eating his harvest he'll appreciate the extra effort spent by you in the proper meat care. Think of next years trip!
Your hunters just spent 4,000 - 15,000 for that hunt, don't hold back when it comes to proper meat care. They will appreciate the added touch in your service.
You can request your hunters bring game bags or add the additional cost to the price of the hunt, then give them the bags, they'll remember you each time they use the game bags. Good for future business.
When loading that pack for the days hunt think how the weight in your pack effects your enthusiasm and ultimate success when your tired mid-day. Or what's happening to the exposed meat you were unable to cover because you didn't have enough game bags for all the meat parts.
Photo provided by Michael Strahan, Alaska Outdoor Forum
Hunter Type: Serious hunter, remote hunter, horseback hunter, backpacker, archery/rifle hunter. The hunter that cares for the complete protection of game meat for consumption.
Cons: Price? Buying quality and life of a product is important; to receive the same protection using some of our competitors a person would have to purchase two packages to cover all the parts of the animal, buying one of our Game Bag Packs and you have complete coverage, including a bag for your trophy cape, a small camp meat bag for camp dinner (for easy and clean transporting of raw game meat includes plastic bag & twist tie) ID Tags, zip locks, storage bag, quarter bags, meat parts, field tips and storage bags, all this to last you for years to come, not just one or two seasons, in the long run how much are you truly saving! And consider the innovations on every game bag!
Pro's: Easy carry packaging lightweight. Meat protection very good. Game bag products come with Big Game ID Tags, suited for all species or hunt methods around the world. Caribou Gear's advanced game bag products greatly compare to canvas thus replacing the need for canvas game bags, eliminating weight and bulk when packing in or flying into remote hunt locations.
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Absorbed and retained moisture, bags wouldn't dry, the meat was nearly lost. Notice the canvas bags are always just a little short.
Be sure to read the complete page for a better understanding of the use and need for a quality game bag, it's not just about how you look in new camo, holding that new bow or rifle, its about bringing home quality game meat for consumption. Ask the family!
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Game Bag Product Comparison
Today's Game Bag Market
This is the most comprehensive information available in a fair market assessment and should answer all your questions from one product comparison to the next covering all imaginable game bags on the market. Below is the answer to your questions.
We will not and do not name brands. We are simply giving you, the hunter the information and options that best suit your meat care needs, if you're like us we live to hunt and enjoy eating the bounty of our harvest and want to enlighten you as to the options available so that you take home more meat from your hunting efforts, guaranteed.
This assessment of the game bags in today's market is based on field experience and use of all game bags types and styles, based on the general consumer, from tradeshows, customers, consumer & magazine reviews, calls, emails, photos, testimonials and pre-production recommendations, and you the hunter.
Don't settle for the generic nylon "synthetic" brands currently flooding the market, we manufacture the only patented game bags specifically designed for extended hunts, along with the most unique features ever incorporated into a game bag.
*Form Fitting Game Bags: Fits to the contour of the game meat or meat quarter. stretch compression, conforming characteristic.
*Loose Fitting Game Bags: Square bag, containment non-compression or form fitting. allowed to move freely without restraint (read loose fit vs form fit comparison below).
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Nylon Game Bags simply don't breath over extended hunts, the bags must be removed to allow glazing. Easily snag and shreds. Be sure to read our endorsements page!
Today's Market - Fabric
Although nylon is the base content of our fabric, nylon alone is not what makes for the best choice for a breathable game bag.
Nylon has a tendency to create moisture faster than can be dissipated regardless of density its natural solar properties cannot be controlled easily without making major refinements with
a mixture of compounds. As many of us can attest to wearing a windbreaker jacket and soon finding a muggy, moist feeling. Pure nylon alone can be a strong durable material but is found to have
limitations when used as a meat container, due to this natural solar characteristic, this does have severe limitations on a prolonged hunt. Don't settle for the generic brands currently flooding the market, we manufacture the only patented game bags specifically designed for extended hunts, along with the most unique features ever incorporated into a game bag.
We would not settle for cotton this natural product fiber is not durable, absorbs moisture from the surrounding ambient conditions, shrinks, stretches, stains, and swells.
Cotton and polyester blends have the same inherent negative properties of both compounds, cotton being the failure of the two.
A fabric that shrinks may fit specific game hunted today.
A fabric that stretches will expose game meat allowing dirt, insect access, and stressing the fabrics natural shape for quality repeated use.
A fabric that stains is a porous fabric but is found to retain micro particle's of the last harvest thus retaining odors, requiring a hunter to repurchase game bags when hunting in bear country.
A fabric that swells when wet greatly affects the density of the fabric, closing the pores thus greatly affecting the venting properties, reducing the needed breathability for proper meat care,
when hunting in moist conditions cotton naturally absorbs from the ambient conditions, even in non-direct contact, rain or morning dew. Google; Cotton kills?
Caribou Gear Game Bag Fabric
Innovative design and formulation, the fabric is specifically made for the Caribou Gear Game bag product, with years of research, field testing and not settling until the fabric suited what we felt was the very best possible attribute of a lightweight, none stretching, stain resistant, snag resistance, durable game bag.
We at Caribou Gear Outdoor Equipment Company excluding cotton in the manufacturing, and incorporating the most advanced, innovative raw material available, maintaining the strength and durable properties of nylon adding advanced synthetic raw material creating a fabric with all the best properties of a durable, breathable, stain resistant, shrink resistant, snag resistant, none stretching, with a feel of cotton, nylon, silky to the touch game bag.
With this quality innovative fabric and the controlled density (porosity) in addition to the innovative amenities such as the lock loops, light reflective attachments, strong durable cord and cord lock. With this patent pending product, we truly feel that we have the most innovative game bag ever made.
With our diverse product packaging and game bag sizes, we have the product that suits all hunters needs regardless of the hunting situation, style, geographic location.
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Game Bag Type
Cheese Cloth Game Bags - Form Fit
Type: Form Fitting, Cotton
Meat Protection: Poor - none
Dry time: ?
Fabric Features: None
Odor Retention: ?
Safety Features: None
Security Features: None
Overall Value: Poor - none
Hunter Type: Using this product is giving you no valued protection. Extreme budget minded, a dollars worth of illusion and protection.
Roll/Pull Over - Form Fit
Fabric: Cotton and others
Meat Protection: Fair - Poor
Reusable: Fair - Poor (easy tear)
Dry Time: Hours - (pending moisture)
Breathability: Good (limited protection)
Fabric Features: Stretch Form Fit
Odor Retention: High
Safety Features: None
Security Feature: None
Overall Value: Poor "based on meat protection, stretch, reusable is questionable.
Hunter Type: Budget minded weekend hunter
Cons: Delicate handling and limited meat care. Extreme stretching exposing meat to insect larva, dust, and dirt, this is an occurrence in all stretch form fitting game bags. Difficult to hang from meat pole. Difficult to untie knots for removal during meat care & difficult to put back on. Transporting can be messy due to the inherent properties of a form fit game bag (excess material is not available at the lower section of the game bag for grasping). Easy insect access transferring salmonella, TB, cholera, dysentery by use of saliva to liquefy solid food before feeding on it. Fly's collect pathogens on their legs, mouths. Making a grotesque easy transfer from feces, corpses...then to your exposed (limited protected) game meat. Quality protection is extremely limited on extended hunts.
Easy access to insect & insect larva. Delicate handling
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LOOSE FIT VS FORM FIT GAME BAGS
A form fit game bag has the inherent compression properties. This design rolls over the game meat or game quarter (meat on bone) compressing the fabric along the contour of the meat being bagged. This compression is constant and sustained throughout transporting to processing. During this time the meat is glazing (skinning over) or drying, this process solidifies the air exposed meat creating a crust. During the solidification dirt, leaves, hair, weeds, including the fabric and other debris is being incorporated (embedded) into the crust. Thus during processing this skin needs to rehydrate to remove the debris from the meat or worse yet be trimmed off and discarded, this loss of game meat can be costly given the time and money to acquire your harvest.
Caribou Gear (Loose Fit Game Bags)
Caribou Gear loose fit game bags are designed to allow best in air circulation around game quarters during the glazing of the meat (drying process) the non-compression of the fabric giving room for the best air circulation, breathing room and allows the dirt, hair, leaves and other debris to fall to the bottom of the game bag. During processing back home there will be little trimming if any, giving you more meat for your efforts. (Read other helpful tips below)
Caribou Gear Game Bags species intended product is designed to give approximately 6 inches of room at the top of the leg quarter of the largest animal of the species giving ample breathing room and for ease of transporting.
After your harvest and you have transported bagged game meat back to camp: When hanging game quarters on meat pole - hang quarters by the shank (upper bone of the leg) if you haven't already completely removed the game bags do so now, then Spray meat thoroughly with Game Bag Spray (citric acid will retard bacteria growth).
Before re-bagging game meat, invert game bag to remove debris from within the bag then wash or rinse game bags, allow approximately 1/2 hour to dry, then replace.
Close the game bag over the quarter, just above the shank, pull cord tight, close with cord lock then wrap cord around the fabric creating a simple knot, this will create a bug free, tight seal at the top of the game bag.
When cleaning or rinsing meat during processing use cold water and vinegar mix to wipe down the meat rinse and process. Water Vinegar mix; approximately one 1/2 cup to 1 gallon of water this simply gives a slight acidic cleansing.
All of our game bags are manufactured with all of the same custom innovative features, the only difference is the incorporated weep holes at the bottom of the bags to allow water to drain during transport.
As with our Big Game Bag line the fish bags are designed to protect fish from insects, birds, and debris while fishing from shore, boat, or river.
They are also good for transporting from fishing hole to fishing hole, home, processor and taxidermists. Taxidermist's like the fact that the bags won't stick to the frozen fish and or discolor the fish scales.
When Ice Fishing; bag your catch tie the string to your fish bucket and drop it down a hole, this keeps the fish from freezing. For transporting: the fish bags help in containing fish slim to the bag and not on everything it touches.
Archers; bowfishing can be complicated when walking the shore's, the bags make life easy by simply attaching your catch to your belt.
Gigging: Again makes for easy transport.
Bait: Eels, frog, salamanders are easy handling when bagged in the fish bags. Drop the bagged bait in a bucket or in the water, when your ready to re-bait its within easy reach.
When Fishing in Bear Country; a person can simply pick-up and go without having to donate their catch to the bear.
For more information and pictures please go to our Fish Bags Page
Canvas - Loose Fit
Fabric; Cotton Weight and density may vary pending quality and make.
Natural cotton properties remain.
Meat Protection: *Good - Poor
Reusable: Good (pending use)
Dry Time: Hours - (pending moisture) days
BreathabilitY: Good Dry - Poor Wet (wet fabric swells closing the pores)
Fabric Features: Strong, Durable
Odor Retention: High
Safety Features: None
Security Feature: None
Overall Value: Good to Poor
Special Features: ?
Hunter Type: Strong Hunter, Horseback Hunter.
Cons: Heavy - bulky *usually too small leaving exposed meat. One size fits all with this comes unnecessary added weight. After being used once, to reuse in areas of high bear
danger is not recommended due to odor retention from the bags last use. Selective to limited use.
Can be purchased in heavy duty to light canvas, properties remain the same, shrinkage limits adequate coverage and insect protection. A hunter usually will carry one or two bags leaving the balance of game meat exposed. Canvas requires conditioning (pre-wash) before use.
Caribou Gear Bags - Loose Fit
Fabric: Synthetic, nylon base W/custom blends, feels, breathes like cotton. (Not a True Nylon)
Read the additional information below.
Meat Protection: Good
Dry Time: Minutes (20-60 min. depending on weather conditions)
Breathability: Good (wet or dry)
Fabric Features: Does not shrink, does not retain odor, *loose fit, non-bulk,
lightweight and does not swell when wet, snag and stain resistant.
Safety Features: Light reflective attachments (view from 100+ yards)
Light Reflective benefits: Easy to locate when your pack out time gets dark.
Bear country; easy viewing from a safe distance.
Security Feature: Lock Loops
Special Features: Light Reflective, Lock Loops, Unique packaging, varying sizes product variety, extended
fabric, oversized (covers complete quarter), Full carcass bags. All packages come
with ID Tags (w/exclusion of the Camp Meat Bag)
Reusable - Fast Drying - Snag Resistant - Tear Resistant - Shrink Resistant
Stain Resistant - Heavy Duty Stitching - Less Bulk - Wasp Proof - Easy to Clean
Super Strong Construction - Package for what you hunt and the way you hunt!
Overall Value: Good (long term use)
Shrink: Slight to Immeasurable