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Contributors to this thread:
Brun 26-Nov-18
cnelk 26-Nov-18
jdee 26-Nov-18
Tilzbow 26-Nov-18
Franklin 26-Nov-18
WV Mountaineer 26-Nov-18
SDHNTR(home) 26-Nov-18
Cornpone 26-Nov-18
wyobullshooter 26-Nov-18
altitude sick 26-Nov-18
Brun 26-Nov-18
ohiohunter 26-Nov-18
PO Cedar 26-Nov-18
Kodiak 26-Nov-18
Bowboy 26-Nov-18
Whocares 26-Nov-18
JTV 26-Nov-18
Panther Bone 26-Nov-18
Michael 26-Nov-18
loprofile 27-Nov-18
Amoebus 27-Nov-18
Zbone 28-Nov-18
Mule Power 28-Nov-18
Charlie Rehor 29-Nov-18
deerhunter72 29-Nov-18
Aspen Ghost 29-Nov-18
WV Mountaineer 29-Nov-18
TD 29-Nov-18
grubby 29-Nov-18
Mule Power 29-Nov-18
grubby 30-Nov-18
cnelk 30-Nov-18
ChrisH. 30-Nov-18
JCarrowthem 01-Dec-18
PECO 01-Dec-18
PECO 01-Dec-18
Matte 01-Dec-18
ElkNut1 01-Dec-18
JTV 01-Dec-18
Mule Power 03-Dec-18
PO Cedar 04-Dec-18
Z Barebow 04-Dec-18
From: Brun
26-Nov-18
I recently lost my saw that I had for about 25 years. I bought one of the small Gerber packsaws, but after using it on one elk I felt it was not really up to the task. Any suggestions?

From: cnelk
26-Nov-18

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I use these - you can find them at Lowes for $12. I made a Kydex sheath for it.

Be sure to get the 'sharp tooth' fine tooth

From: jdee
26-Nov-18
Love the Wyoming saw. I carry the smaller one with extra blades. Have the big one too but the small one works just fine and packs away small.

From: Tilzbow
26-Nov-18
Silky makes great hand saws and they’ve got several folding models

From: Franklin
26-Nov-18
X2 on the Wyoming that breaks down in a leather case.

26-Nov-18
A simple wire saw off eBay works great on deer. Never used it on elk but, I’ve been using the same one for about a dozen deer and it still kicks butt. And it doesn’t gunk up like the folding saws do when dawingbthe lower legs off the shanks.

From: SDHNTR(home)
26-Nov-18
WY saw.

From: Cornpone
26-Nov-18
X3 on the Wyoming. With proper interchangeable blade either saw bone or trees out of the way.

26-Nov-18
I prefer the longer length of the Wyoming Saw II.

26-Nov-18

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Much lighter version of the Wyoming saw.
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Much lighter version of the Wyoming saw.

From: Brun
26-Nov-18
Thanks for the ideas guys. I will look at all these options.

From: ohiohunter
26-Nov-18

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I like the looks of that Freescape, but right off the bat this video states that it rattles around when packed. Plus I don't see any extra blade storage... I think the WY saw edges it out.

From: PO Cedar
26-Nov-18
I use the Dandy 18" saw..

From: Kodiak
26-Nov-18

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From: Bowboy
26-Nov-18
Wyoming saw. I also have a NMWapiti 3oz Carbon saw.

From: Whocares
26-Nov-18
Exactly what I was about to suggest Kodiak! Works great. Beats those little folding pack saws by Gerber and others!

From: JTV
26-Nov-18

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Ive used a Corona for many years and it is one of the SHARPEST folding hand saws/pruners there is bar none ... it fits fine in my fanny pack large zipper pocket amd has a tad longer blade than most .... $20 at Lowes

26-Nov-18
One of my jobs is landscape design/sales/management, and those Corona saws like JTV posted are what we all keep for hand saws. They’re great.

I’ve cut down 3” caliper trees with them like nobody’s business. Keep it in my gear bag during hunting season. They are very durable, stay sharp, light and cheap.

Silky saws aren’t worth the money over those, in my opinion.

From: Michael
26-Nov-18
Ike is a machine with a Gerber saw on elk. Buy a Gerber save some weight and call Ike when you got a bull down.

I like a havalon they are light and scary sharp.

From: loprofile
27-Nov-18
HOOEYMAN! Hand saw with five foot and ten foot extensions cover all of my needs.

From: Amoebus
27-Nov-18
Also use the smaller WY saw. Used it on 2 elk and 4 deer this fall with good results. (It has been in my pack for 6-7 years and gotten deer/elk most of those trips - no issues yet.)

Back in 2001 or 02, we hunted moose in MN. We didn't have a handsaw big enough for the antlers so my pop used the chainsaw. I stood back 40' and still was speckled with 'matter'. Took forever to clean that thing out.

From: Zbone
28-Nov-18
Cool options, thanks for sharing...

From: Mule Power
28-Nov-18
Altitude.... does that Gerber come with a hacksaw (bone) blade or can you put one in? Nice!

29-Nov-18
Wicked Tree Saw for me. They have a bone blade option but I use the regular blade for tree limbs and bone. These don’t break. Some of the big names are junk.

From: deerhunter72
29-Nov-18
x2 on the Hooyman, especially if you also need a pole saw for limbs.

From: Aspen Ghost
29-Nov-18
What are you guys using these saws for?

29-Nov-18
For treestand hunting, I use it to prune limbs on the way up the trunk.

I also use mine to cut the lower legs off of things I’m about to pack out, cut the head free from the neck, and to cut the spine where it meets the body line. On deer, I bring the neck out whole. Saves meat lose due to drying when I decide to grind it. If I have enough ground meat, I remove the neck meat from the bone and, the trachea, for one huge neck roast. I also use it to remove horns from the skull.

I’ll say it again gentlemen, consider the little carbide wire saws. They are awesome.

From: TD
29-Nov-18
That was my question.... what are you cutting? The OP said "on elk" so I'm going with bone..... my experience is bone blades work MUCH better on bone than coarse pruning blades. The WY saw comes with both. I've used it on a few elk and use the WY saw a fair amount cutting off velvet antlers making euros. Works great. The longer one would work a bit better on elk skull caps, the short one's stroke is a bit short there.... but it works good.

Gerber folders are light and if I recall come with both bone and pruning blades. They work fine. But they take a good bit more kerf, the WY blades are thinner and IMO sharper. They definitely cut better. I prefer the push stroke that you use with a frame saw rather than the pull stroke Gerbers, etc. Maybe just more used to it.

For wood the Silky Gomboy folder (a pull stroke as most folders are) is the cat's azz..... lives in my fanny pack when up in the trees. Be careful, you can cut yourself just lookin' at it.....

From: grubby
29-Nov-18

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I bought this15" Irwin protouch saw last spring, its an awesome saw and can be had under $20! we canoe camp quite a lot and it can stack up the firewood quick!

From: Mule Power
29-Nov-18
Um... this thread isn’t about tree stands or camping. More about lightweight compact saws for elk hunters.

From: grubby
30-Nov-18
Sorry...... I can remove my saw if it offends you.

From: cnelk
30-Nov-18
^^^^ Classic ! luv it Grubby!

From: ChrisH.
30-Nov-18
The Knives of Alaska bone saw is really nice. I’ve used it on several animals and a small tree and it’s help up nice.

From: JCarrowthem
01-Dec-18
Jtv, how is the Corona on bone for elk hunting?

From: PECO
01-Dec-18
Wyoming Saw

From: PECO
01-Dec-18
Wyoming Saw

From: Matte
01-Dec-18
Cut up a ton of deer and elk and have never used a saw. Cut the tendons at joints and they snap off like toothpicks. Debone the rest for the pack out. Last time I used a saw on meat was when I worked in the butcher shop at our local IGA store while in High School.

From: ElkNut1
01-Dec-18
Saw is mainly used for cutting racks off! I also use it since I have it to remove all 4 legs & any trees or crap on the ground that needs removing for breaking down an elk, In my opinion a good saw is priceless, it also speeds up the process!

ElkNut/Paul

From: JTV
01-Dec-18
"Jtv, how is the Corona on bone for elk hunting" ? .... dont know, Ive only used it on trees and splitting the pelvic on deer ..... it goes thru a 4 inch sapling with ease

From: Mule Power
03-Dec-18

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That’s ok grubby I forgive you. It is a nice saw.

I keep this Wahl beard trimmer in camp in case I shoot something and want to look my best for pictures.

From: PO Cedar
04-Dec-18

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From: Z Barebow
04-Dec-18

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Here is what I use. Like it so much, I replaced it when I lost the first one. I have owned Gerber and Coughlan. This one tops them both. Review on Amazon speak highly. (VS Corona)

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