1. Bring your animal carcass home or to the butcher while you finish your hunting trip if you live within driving distance. If you’re from out of town, some businesses offer storage for carcasses. There are many butchers, outfitters or other businesses with walk-in freezers that are happy to provide space to hunters.
2. Plan for animal carcass storage such as camping in a place with adequate hang poles (carcass must hang 10 feet high at its lowest point and four feet from climbable supports). Bring storage for the carcass in the form of a truck with topper, enclosed trailer or horse trailer with full doors. You can also bring pulleys and ropes to help hoist your carcass easily between trees. You must keep your camp 100 yards from a properly stored carcass.
3. Pack a tarp or strong plastic sheet to gut your animal in case you down your game near a trail or need to leave your carcass overnight. Gut piles are the most attractive carcass part for bears or other scavengers. If you use a tarp or plastic sheet to drag the gut pile away from your animal you may avoid finding a bear burying it in the morning. You must drag the gut pile at least 200 yards from a trail to prevent other hunters from surprising a bear eating its favorite food source.
4. Don’t hang or butcher your animal in camp. Blood on the ground is a powerful attractant to bears and other scavengers.
5. When retrieving game, leave a member of your party to “attend” the carcass. If you hunt alone, plan ahead for proper carcass storage at the trailhead by using an enclosed vehicle or hanging system.
6. Borrow bear-resistant containers from your local Forest Service office. For all your food storage needs when backpacking, horse packing and camping we have portable containers you can borrow for FREE. Also take advantage of the permanent food storage boxes in campgrounds for your coolers and other attractants. Otherwise, attractants can be properly stored by keeping them enclosed in a hard-sided vehicle, camper or trailer.
7. When in doubt, call your local Forest Service, BLM or MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks office. They are happy to help you plan your trip and troubleshoot any attractant storage concerns.
Remember that all attractants must be stored at night and attended or properly stored during the day. Carcasses or parts may only be left on the ground if they are one-half mile from any sleeping area and 200 yards from any trail.