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Old 09-05-2008, 02:02 PM
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Here is another greenhorn question. I've only been on one hunt, and it was guided. I killed my first deer which weighed in @110#, my guide was gonna drag it for me, but I figured since I dropped it then I should drag it, 60yds over flat terrain and that sucker got heavy...and I'm in pretty good shape! My problem now is that I've joined a small hunt club with 1240 acres and 9 members, 2 of whom rarely hunt. I have only met 2 members and in all probability I will be hunting a fair amount on my own. My "pivate" area consist of roughly 65 acres predominantly hardwood bottoms with a deep/steep creek bank separating a steep westerly oak ridge from a gentler sloping thick/dense planted pine grove. I have access to 2 food plots which will be no trouble. In all probability if i get a buck (or doe) with my bow, I'll be trying to drag the beast out of the creek channel, or worse the thick, and I mean THICK pine grove. Any tricks for one guy to get this done with out having a heart attack?
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:05 PM
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Buy you a cart. The beast in my avatar weighed in at around 260-270 lbs live weight and we got him back to the truck in 38 min flat from where I killed him. It was over 1.75 miles from the truck. It's a no brainer. Best $100 I ever spent.
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:15 PM
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will they work pulling out of steep ditches?
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:21 PM
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If you can't get the cart, a 4 x 6 sheet of mylar (think heavy plastic sheeting) can help. Duct tape a small patch, pass the rope thru a hole cut in the duct tape (so the plastic will not rip), tie the rope around the neck and start dragging. It will definitely still be work, but less friction involved.
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:23 PM
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You can buy a pre-made deer cart for about $100. My buddy made one out of spare pipe, a cart axle, and a set of wheel-chair wheels. We call it our "rikshaw".
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:30 PM
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Made one out of the rear section of a 3-wheeled 'bicycle', I used 2 pieces of 1" conduit (8 ft.) as the handles and then took 3/4" conduit and bolted crossways all the way back. 'Curled' the back section of the handles so he wouldn't slide off. Later I added a basket to the front section to hold my pack, water, etc.
it too was like a rickshaw, worked so good somebody stole it!
Didn't cost but just a few $$ because I got the bike free out of a scrap pile.
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if you are in a hard area to get around in just 1/4 the deer up in the woods, much easier that way to haul out plus you can get it on ice that much faster.
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I have a deer cart so if you want to save money i'll come hunt the property with you and will be willing to let you use my cart if you take a deer. I usually wouldn't offer that to anyone but since youre fairly new at this i want to help
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your such a nice guy.


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I have a deer cart so if you want to save money i'll come hunt the property with you and will be willing to let you use my cart if you take a deer. I usually wouldn't offer that to anyone but since youre fairly new at this i want to help
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:45 PM
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I appreciate that very generous offer xhunterx, however, unfortunately club rules don't allow visitors
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Order now: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/searc...ch&k=deer+cart

I have the $59 one and it works well. The wheels are removeable and store inside the cart for easier storage. The aluminum one would be lighter, might be worth the extra $30.

The also have a trailer hitch adapter so that you can pull it behind a 4 wheeler. That's on back order till the end of the month. Still worth ordering to have when they get around to it.
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:49 PM
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4 wheeler and a long rope!
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Cabela's offers a plastic "sled" that rolls up for storage, but can be used for this. It is only about $30. I usually move my truck so that I can drag downhill as much as possible.

Good luck, I hope you have enough opportunites to become an expert at this, this year!
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I just got a Glen's Deer Handle. I'll let you know how it works. At least I hope I'll get a chance too. {mental note to self "try not to be over confident"}
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Thanks a lot Ripper! After reading this thread, I now have yet one more thing to build on my long project list!
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:52 PM
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Yep, Deer Cart......

I've have dragged them so far it rubbed all the hair off one side!!!!!
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Order now: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/searc...ch&k=deer+cart

I have the $59 one and it works well. The wheels are removeable and store inside the cart for easier storage. The aluminum one would be lighter, might be worth the extra $30.

The also have a trailer hitch adapter so that you can pull it behind a 4 wheeler. That's on back order till the end of the month. Still worth ordering to have when they get around to it.

I just looked at that cart and see it's only rated to hold a 250# deer. What good is it?
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use a 4 wheeler and drag it. i have drug deer a mile or more sometimes and never cut thru the hide yet. i have to drag them as i can not pick them up do to back. if all else fails you can hang it from the nearest tree. skin it and quarter it. myself i usually cut off the backstraps and debone the rest. scince i want burger. plus by doing that is a lot lighter. you will still have around 40-50 pounds of meat on average..{for the deer here anyhow} take unscented trash bags for meat and a good backpack. get in on ice in a cooler as soon as you can.

also if alone and you cant hoist it in tree a small 10x10 plastic tarp to lay on the grd to skin it out will work to keep dirt out.have a pc of rope to tie to the head or a leg then tie it off to a close tree. that will keep deer from sliding off of the tarp as you pull on the hide.

if you know what your doing one can be skinned and deboned for the most part without gutting it to make the job cleaner. also take plenty of those latex goves. makes cleaning yourself up a lot easier to.

beleive me. with a bad back i do it the fastest and easiest way i can.

proccessing the deer yourself is very easy to do. plenty of books out there that give step by step info on the cuts of meat and how to unroll the meat to get those cuts. once you do a couple of them then its all second nature. plus its a lot cheaper than paying someone to do it for you. but like i said. all i steak out is the backstraps. rest is burger.

sure my grinder cost a few hundred. but it paid for its self the 1st yr. plus i can make sure my grd meat is all meat and not full of "junk" pcs that the proccesser will for sure grind all in there.lol.

i got a little off track. but scince you are new at it i figured a little more info aint bad. good luck..
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I just looked at that cart and see it's only rated to hold a 250# deer. What good is it?
well it can probably hold two ark. deer at the same time..lol

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Another possibility: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=450188

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=210605

Less weight to carry in than a cart, and you can get it into the thickest stuff or down a gully.

Deer hide is pretty slick if you pull from the head. Something like this (which I think I've seen at Wallworld too) might be all you need.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=356155

There are drags that include a shoulder harness so that you have your hands free to carry your gun/bow.

One caution. Be careful about pulling from one side of your body. It can put enormous pressure on your back and cause permanent damage.

Of course the best solution is to shoot'em so they run towards the truck.......
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I just looked at that cart and see it's only rated to hold a 250# deer. What good is it?
Half at a time.

You hunting near a reactor?
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If you are over 50 years old better not drag him out because statisticaly you are way more likely to have a heart attack from the extreme effort of dragging a dead deer. I bought a deer cart from Bass pro a couple years ago for $79 and it could be a life saver one day.
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I just got a Glen's Deer Handle. I'll let you know how it works. At least I hope I'll get a chance too. {mental note to self "try not to be over confident"}

Thats a great tool there!
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I like to post this every year. It covers the evolution of my home made deer cart that cost me very little. The end of the thread has the final results. It works great and has saved me a lot of work.

http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=34890
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well it can probably hold two ark. deer at the same time..lol
You know of course I'm being sarcastic? If I shot a 250# deer you'd have to call in lifeflight cause I'd be having a cardiac.
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I tie a 15-20' webbing strap around the neck and attach it to my climbing stand (which is attached to my back w/ shoulder straps of course). I drag deer over very long distances and this method works best for me.
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Just shoot fawns that way you wont have to worry about them getting heavy. 30-40 lbs max. Even better if you can pick them up by the ears n carry them out.
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Simple, old lounger, two wheels, axle, couple of locking clamps etc.
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Just shoot fawns that way you wont have to worry about them getting heavy. 30-40 lbs max. Even better if you can pick them up by the ears n carry them out.

Just go ahead and put them on a biscuit right there, mmm.

Get a 4 wheeler. Make sure to haul it on the front.

One man loading: Keep a 20' nylon tow strap. Drag the deer to a tree, pull the 4 wheeler within 5 feet of the same tree. Loop the tow strap from the left side of the front rack,
around the tree with both sides under the deer. Hook
end of strap on the right side of the front rack.
Back up and when the strap comes tight, push the deer on the front rack. Drive to camp and winch it on the peeling pole. That's the way us tall guys with a bad back can get it done without hurting something.
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You know of course I'm being sarcastic? If I shot a 250# deer you'd have to call in lifeflight cause I'd be having a cardiac.

you and me both. i would probably have the heart attck before the shot if i seen a deer that big.lol.
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I use my 4-wheeler. If it's a short distance, I just drag it with a piece of rope. If I have a long ways to go, I'll find a low limb that I can throw my winch cable over and use the winch to put the deer on the rack.
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here is how I ussally haul one out if I have to hual him out for miles than a quarter mile.....

first I gut them on the spot

then find you a about a 4-5 striaght sappling... then cut a hole in the hocks-just like you are fixing to hang the deer...then slide the stick in the hocks... then step between the deers legs and the sappling--pull the sappling up waist level and start walking---rest the sapplling on your waist so you dont have to steadly push on the stick....

I have hauled deer 2 miles out of the woods before like this...it aint as easy as using a cart but it works in places you cant get one....
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Simple, old lounger, two wheels, axle, couple of locking clamps etc.
deer optional!
If this ain't redneck I don't know what is......heck, worse than redneck, it's just poor white trash. I guess if you get tired on the way you can dump the deer and catch a few rays. You need to mount a Igloo Playmate for a 6 pack of cold ones to the underside of the handles.
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You know of course I'm being sarcastic? If I shot a 250# deer you'd have to call in lifeflight cause I'd be having a cardiac.
I'm with you!!!!!!

I'd be getting on the cell phone and calling everyone...."Just killed a monster......HELP".
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Separates the hunters from the couch potatoes.
Thats right. You can't get a cart or 4 wheeler in the swamps/creeks I hunt. I've had more 2 and 3 hour drags than I care to remember. It all comes with the turf. I have talked with ole timers that talk about dragging deer for miles out of the river swamp.
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here is how I ussally haul one out if I have to hual him out for miles than a quarter mile.....

first I gut them on the spot

then find you a about a 4-5 striaght sappling... then cut a hole in the hocks-just like you are fixing to hang the deer...then slide the stick in the hocks... then step between the deers legs and the sappling--pull the sappling up waist level and start walking---rest the sapplling on your waist so you dont have to steadly push on the stick....

I have hauled deer 2 miles out of the woods before like this...it aint as easy as using a cart but it works in places you cant get one....
That's a good way to do it. I usually take my belt off and loop it around the bases of the horns and then run it thru a short strong limb.
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heck, the toughest drag out i ever had was bout 10 years ago 3 1/2 miles in the woods on the backside of a mountain in maine. that is when i was young and dumb!
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we are were young and dumb..lol...i had to one time cut a pole and tie the deer to it,both front and back legs so 2 of us could carry it out like that. that was a very long haul. took half a day. but it was in a place where no one hunted as it was a mile and a half hike just to get to the edge of the property.from there it was 5000 acres of woods...we took a 24 pt off of it bout 25 yrs ago.
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Try draggin a bear { no handles } out of a wilderness area , uphill every step. After that, all of your hunting buddies will hide when they hear you shoot. So now if its a heavyweight deer I just woundum, hold the gun on him and march him to the road to finish him off.
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[quote=ClydeWigg3;2561189]If this ain't redneck I don't know what is......heck, worse than redneck, it's just poor white trash. QUOTE]

WOW! Thanks for the compliment...
Now this is the best way to do it.. first find a big Buck, then jump on it's back and subdue the Buck. Now make a deal with him if he will ride you out of the woods to your truck you will let him live.... when you get to the truck... that sucker!
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we are were young and dumb..lol...i had to one time cut a pole and tie the deer to it,both front and back legs so 2 of us could carry it out like that. that was a very long haul. took half a day. but it was in a place where no one hunted as it was a mile and a half hike just to get to the edge of the property.from there it was 5000 acres of woods...we took a 24 pt off of it bout 25 yrs ago.
Thats the hard way to do it!!!! ive done it too-before I smartend up!! hard to haul the deer with it swinging back and forth on a pole!!
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Thats right. You can't get a cart or 4 wheeler in the swamps/creeks I hunt. I've had more 2 and 3 hour drags than I care to remember. It all comes with the turf. I have talked with ole timers that talk about dragging deer for miles out of the river swamp.

I've dragged a bunch of deer in my time....I didn't have a 4-wheeler for the first 15 years or so that I deer hunted. Once you get a few years of wear and tear on you, you really can't do the 2 hour drags any more. Now I hunt where I can get reasonably close with a 4-wheeler. My days of dragging deer for a mile or more out of a swamp or up and down ridges are over, but I'm not ready for my hunting days to be over.
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Old 09-07-2008, 01:27 AM
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Get a wheelborrow. That way it's not sitting around useless the other 364 days of the year. You can't beat it for hauling and if you really have rough ground then take off the hard ware on the bottom to hold it up right by it's self. Then it will just slide right over most humps, briars and brush.
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Old 09-07-2008, 07:46 AM
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Buy you a cart!
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I just looked at that cart and see it's only rated to hold a 250# deer. What good is it?
optimistic huh????

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That's a good way to do it. I usually take my belt off and loop it around the bases of the horns and then run it thru a short strong limb.
what keeps your pants up then?


ripper, break down and buy a 4wheeler man. I aint as old as some and am a lot older than others and as best I can remember the longest I have drug a deer in the last 12 years or so was about 30 yards...and that was too far

yall are trying to kill this man telling him to get a cart and a handle and take your belt off!!!! yall do know that men also invented a motorized deer drag right???
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I love your avatar and your quote, ClydeWigg3!
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Snowmobile sled is very good as well. that is what we have now.
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