Once you've confirmed that the animal is dead and you've tagged it, you need to gut it immediately. Drag the carcass to a shady spot and position it so the head is slightly uphill. If you have a partner, have him hold the rear legs open; if you're alone, tie the legs open with rope. Dally two half-hitches around the hocks and tie the other ends to tree trunks, roots or, even better, metal tent stakes.
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