By Montana Grant

Posted: August 12, 2018

This lightweight, strong, and versatile rope should be in every sportsmen’s pack, creel, or vehicle. If a cord is strong enough to support an airborne Ranger, it certainly has many other outdoor applications. This strong cord is light, compact, and worth having along. I carry at least 4 lengths, with metal hooks, to hang meat sacks, when hunting.

Hanging meat is easy with a few sections of parachute cord. Once you have knocked down an elk, meat must be quartered and dispersed so the predators don’t get into it. Rarely can you get all of meat out the same day. Usually, an elk ends up in 6-7 meat sacks each weighing around 100 pounds. Try carrying the loins and prime cuts first. Now move the bags about 100 yards apart and hoist them up into a tree. I usually look for a cooler drainage or shady cool area to stash the meat. A metal hook allows you to easily throw the line over a high branch. Tie one end to the meat sack and the other to a sturdy stick. The stick allows you a comfortable grip to hoist away. Tie the cord off and the meat is secure.

Other ways to keep critters off your meat are using glow stick lights, portable radios, human scent such as sweaty clothes or urine around the area. It is also a good idea to flag these hanging sacks with bright colored ribbon, so you can find them again.

Parachute cord has many uses. You can build a shelter, set a snare, fishing line, shoe laces, hammocks, nets, or tie downs. Lashing logs together is easy with this strong cord. If you unbraid the cord, thin sections serve as thread, fishing line, or string. Once you cut the cord, use a match to melt the ends tight.

Braiding several cords together increases its strength. With enough cord, you can haul a surprising amount of weight. Hauling and dragging critters, equipment, and gear is easy.

Hang in there!

Montana Grant

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