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#6066819 - 12/04/15 01:39 PM Tips for moving large game solo?
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Hey y'all,

I am wanting to kill a certain hog that's been showing up on my camera virtually every night, and he's a big SOB. Much more than I can move (female with a bad shoulder... Ahh the consequences of dirtbikes!)I am itching like crazy to pop him this weekend but will be without anyone who can help me get him loaded. What I do have, is a Polaris with a winch. I'm thinking I can get it around his neck and drag him about 200 yards to an area that is accessible to my truck. Then I can take the cable off, throw it over a sturdy limb, get it back on him, winch him up and lower him into the bed. Figure I will pack his chest cavity with ice overnight and take him to processor first thing AM. (Hope that made sense.) Does this sound insane? Does anyone have a better solution? If he is as big in person as he is on camera, I'd like to shoulder mount him so I gotta move the whole hog. I hate to miss a great hog hunt just because I am so damned unlikable nobody can help me move it! wink
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#6066822 - 12/04/15 01:41 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Draggin should be fine.

We have a big meat hook we used on larger hogs, hook it through the hock and then one of the safety chain loops on the receive hitch and dive.
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#6066829 - 12/04/15 01:49 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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That's a good idea. I don't have a meat hook but the clip on the end of the winch lets it from a sort of lasso. If I get it good and tight on the neck, you think it'll cut into his skin? They seem hard to jack up but I want to keep him nice for the mount.
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#6066844 - 12/04/15 02:04 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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If you want a mount I'd think dragging it by the hind legs would be the ticket. confused2
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#6066866 - 12/04/15 02:12 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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It's too late for now, but for the future you should seriously consider getting a game hoist from Mr Burns Holt out of Georgetown. I have bought 2, one for me and one for a buddy. They are solid and very reasonably priced. I use it to load game on to the truck, and if I am at my uncle's place whose game station has seen better days, I winch the deer or hog back up and use it as my cleaning station. He's a THFer and here's a line to one of his ads.

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/5966105/Searchpage/2/Main/478243/Words/hoist/Search/true/Re:_Game_Hoist_______$185.00#Post5966105
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#6066870 - 12/04/15 02:14 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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I would look into one of those portable wenches that fits into the receiver hitch. You probably have one the same size on your truck and the polaris. Works great to lift into the bed. As for the dragging through the woods...never been a fan of that really, but with a hog unless your going to do a shoulder mount go for it.

Personally I have used a Rubbermaid wheelbarrow to get a scimitar oryx out of a mesquite thicket and it worked great. Expensive but our skid steer was down at the time and its all I had to use. Easy in and out over mequite and pear.
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#6066871 - 12/04/15 02:14 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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The sturdy limb should work but please stay out of striking distance of the cable In case it breaks and absoultley stay out from under the hog. Your life and limbs are more important than the meat or mount.

I can't believe your that unlikeable, I like you, with out ever meeting ya!!! confused2
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#6066872 - 12/04/15 02:15 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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A big male isn't one you want to eat anyway. I wouldn't waste processor money on it.
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#6066883 - 12/04/15 02:20 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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I'm not sure what a Polaris is, but if it has a winch could you throw the line over a sturdy branch and pull the hog into the air, tie it up with a separate rope, and then put the bed of the Polaris under the hog, loosen the rope, and let it fall onto the bed?
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#6066898 - 12/04/15 02:30 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: postoak]
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Originally Posted By: postoak
A big male isn't one you want to eat anyway. I wouldn't waste processor money on it.


^ This. I would leave it lay for the buzzards, coyotes, and hogs to eat.

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#6067027 - 12/04/15 03:45 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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Your plan to load the Hog by lifting with the winch sounds feasible, provided the weight of the hog and friction of the winch cable do not exceed the weight of your Polaris.

Of course, FIRST you have to get that hog on the ground. Presumably...you are talking about a mature Boar. I can tell you from many years experience, he won't be around for long...so you'd better get out there as soon as you can.

The next thing you'll want to do, is decide whether or not you are going to have a shoulder mount made. IF you are...then there are several things you will want to do, to avoid damaging the cape or creating situations where 'hair slippage' is likely. Your taxidermist can only work with what He/She is given.

Do NOT drag the animal backwards (against the lay of the hair), you are sure to damage the root of the hair or the follicles to some degree.

IF you have to drag the animal a significant distance or on anything but grass, pull it by the front legs, NOT the neck and place a scrap piece of carpet or tarp underneath it.

Do NOT hoist the animal by the neck, again....you will damage the cape. Hoist by the front or rear legs, they are going to be discarded anyway.

The hide/cape will need to be removed and COOLED as soon as possible. Packing the chest cavity in ice will cool the meat resource, but if the hide is not cooled (below 40° F) then you risk having bacteria propagate in the hair follicles which can cause hair slippage.

Always a good idea to wash the hide (if possible), this will keep blood, dirt or other contaminants from effecting the quality of the hide (your taxidermist will thank you and you'll get a mount that will last many years).

As for the meat resource, a big 'Ol Boar can be a 50/50 proposition. Actually...most can be good table fare, but improper handling, skinning, cleaning/processing results in tainted meat. Personally, I'd take the tenderloins and hindquarters and call it good. Even then...there are glands/lymph nodes that should be removed from the 'hams'.

Best of luck.

Oh...remember, No pics= it didn't happen! wink

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#6067030 - 12/04/15 03:46 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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I would probably still pull the back straps. But nothing other than that, saw it off at the base off the neck, throw it in a cooler and take it in for your mount.
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#6067057 - 12/04/15 04:00 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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A 99 dollar yard work trailer from atwoods, home depot, etc will get him.

Get it close and tilt the bed down, run the winch under the atv/utv, then up over the SIDE of the cart (over the top closes it too soon). Winch him into the cart.

I've done it with branches, but this way works without anything else. And the cart is handy back at home.

We have built carts from old Dilly boat trailers for exactly this purpose.



For getting game out of the woods, I have a buddy that uses an old push lawnmower frame, drags the animal on that, then drags it out of the woods.
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#6067123 - 12/04/15 04:40 PM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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There are some really good ideas here, I appreciate it very much!

Aghunter78, that is exactly what I need. I think I know what I'll be asking for this X-mas laugh

Curtis, the mental image of that is pretty funny! Clever, though. Sadly, my property is hills and rocks. And more hills, and even more rocks. I know I'd get more cussing and hollering done than actual moving, haha!

RDHibbs, I worried about that myself. The thought of that cable snapping has crossed my mind more than once. We always use it to hoist up game on the gambrel though and it's never been sketchy. I will definitely watch out, though. Thanks for the nice words smile I was mostly just teasing but I'm just fine with it. The fewer the people that like ya the fewer the people who ask to come hunt your place, right? wink

Y'all are probably right about not bothering getting him processed. I've never really eaten a boar that was over maybe 80 lbs on the hoof, forgot they say the big macho ones taste about how they look. I'll just pull his straps and let the foxes have one hell of a grocery run.

Flint, very much appreciated! I'll drag by front legs and cape him ASAP (this'll be my first time all by myself, so when I post photos, no laughing! blush ;)) It's supposed to get down to the 30's tonight so I won't be in any rush.

Push mower frame is genius! I like the cart idea, too. Luckily the Polaris can get just about anywhere, just too weak to get game into it. I wonder if anyone makes game racks for 'em yet....
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#6067726 - 12/05/15 12:24 AM Re: Tips for moving large game solo? [Re: GimmeABuck]
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I use an ice-fishing sled to drag behind my side by side. No snow or ice required. They are tough enough to be dragged over dry ground, logs, rocks etc. Once at the truck I use a a couple 8 foot long 2x8s as a ramp and a winch tied off to the bed hooks.

Cabelas sells them:

http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/search.cmd?form_state=searchForm&N=0&fsch=true&Ntk=AllProducts&Ntt=sled&x=10&y=6&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products

Don't know how big the hog is but on one occasion I dragged 2 deer at once with a combined weight of almost 400 lbs for 3/4 of mile.


Edited by Hirogen (12/05/15 12:27 AM)
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