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Hauling The Meat After The Kill

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The last 2 times I harvested deer it almost killed me. The first time I quartered the doe about a half mile from a highway in about 8 inches of snow. I had to put the meat in my backpack and also carry the gear I brought with me as well as my rifle. I thought I might have a heart attack.

 

The last time I put the meat in a game bag and carried it up a steep hill a couple of blocks from my vehicle. Also kicked my butt.

 

I'm thinking of buying a kid's wagon I saw at Bass Pro today to use to carry the meat out. 

 

Thoughts?

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Those sleds they make for ice fishing work the best, that said I have a two wheeled game cart, I modified it by making the handle extend in and out to get more leverage it works well, but I have been eyeing the Hawk Crawler  a couple of friends have it and love it.  The problem with the 2 wheeled carts is the tip easily  This thing I think most would get their moneys worth, hauling coolers down a beach or on the canal etc

 

 

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19 hours ago, DMacLeod said:

After you gut it, drag it out whole.

 

snow makes easier dragging, especially with a plastic sled under it.

I'd rather not take the entire carcass. I don't use the ribs or neck. I leave the rest for the coyotes. They have to eat too. 

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Got most every option.

 

-ice fishing sled

-atv

-deer cart (awesome for treestand work too)

-cabelas alaskan guide frame pack

-drag rope in bag

 

-Drill a few small holes in the ice fishing sled to put bungie cords on.....

-Do a camo job on the deer cart, then put it under some branches, very hard to id/steal.

-when and if dragging, I cut the lower legs off, and I tie the antlers to the upward facing front leg.  Tilts the head up for an easier drag.

 

-IF where you hunt is relatively flat, a 2wd ATV could be an affordable option.  Also, easier to get on pickup bed.

 

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Dragged a doe out yesterday on dry ground, just over 1 mile back to the truck, it sucks

but... tieing a rope to the legs and head and then to a large stick to which you can step inside and use your body to drag sure beats grabbing hooves and dragging

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Get a 5x5 plastic tarp and wrap it up after gutting. Will drag out easy, especially on snow. Take the whole deer, leave the guts for the coyotes. Leaving deer meat in the woods is wanton waste.

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I usually have a blue tarp to wrap and drag. 

One time I couldn’t find a tarp and the only thing in the garage was a picnic table cloth, the older ones with plastic in one side and some white fiber on the other. 

The guys I hunt with still give me hell, calling me Yogii and the whole “pic a nic basket” BS.  

 

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I like the "Dead Sled" it's a heavy poly sheet that rolls up and you lace the deer into it. I used to attach it to my climbing harness and drag "hands free"

 

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