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#6401236 - 08/09/16 08:31 PM Need some advice
Lil Joe Offline

Registered: 06/08/14
Posts: 126
Loc: Willis, Tx
I have decided that I am gonna do some deer hunting in the national forest this year. I have never deer hunted in the national forest and I am doing it to try something different. I have a place to hunt but I just feel like it is something that I need to try, I want to feel like I really know how to hunt. I started making trips out there toward the end of last year scouting. I have walked many miles and it has resulted in me finding 2 spots that I am confident will pay off for sure. But I have to admit that I am intimidated by the thought of having to get the deer out to my truck. Both spots are well over a mile walk from the closest parking spot. I am considering getting a dolly with large tires on it or one of those deer carts. just curious how y'all do it?

#6401258 - 08/09/16 08:39 PM Re: Need some advice [Re: Lil Joe]
sqiggy Offline

Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 2020
Loc: Franklin, Tx Hunt in Panola ...
I would just quarter it up where it laid and back pack the meat out, but, since this is public land, I don't know if you can do that.

#6401662 - 08/10/16 07:23 AM Re: Need some advice [Re: Lil Joe]
Palehorse Offline
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4614
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
I use a packable deer cart. It's light weight, folds up, and has straps to pack on your back. I pack it in close to the area I'm hunting and hide it. You can get one through Sportsmans Guide for about $30.

Edited by Palehorse (08/10/16 07:23 AM)
“He grouped his last five shots right in the center of the bull’s-eye. Then I showed him my technique of scattering shots randomly around the target because, as I explained, you never know which way the deer might jump just as you pull the trigger.”

#6401768 - 08/10/16 08:56 AM Re: Need some advice [Re: Lil Joe]
Indyoshi Offline

Registered: 10/12/15
Posts: 186
Loc: Dickinson, TX
I wish I used a cart last year and im glad the spike I got wasnt any bigger. I was a good mile in and ended up dragging it while carrying my tree stand, rifle, and backpack all the way back to my truck. This year I will most definitwly be taking a cart
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#6401845 - 08/10/16 09:38 AM Re: Need some advice [Re: Lil Joe]
Hunter Daddy Offline

Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 191
Definitely get a deer cart or a wheelbarrow.

#6402911 - 08/10/16 08:07 PM Re: Need some advice [Re: Lil Joe]
Harrier Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/31/11
Posts: 407
Loc: San Antonio
You can get a thing called a Game Glide, which is foldable plastic you put the deer on and it makes dragging a little easier. But when I tried to haul out a big hog this spring, I became a believer in carts for public land.

#6406445 - 08/13/16 09:41 AM Re: Need some advice [Re: Lil Joe]
FeetDown Offline

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 139
Loc: North Texas
Game cart for sure. I leave mine in the car and go get it if I shoot something.

Shoot > pack out tree stand to car > shed clothes > grab cart and field dressing kit > go find deer.

Added bonus is this forces me to give the deer some time so I don't bump it.

#6406730 - 08/13/16 02:36 PM Re: Need some advice [Re: Lil Joe]
TurkeyWhisperer Offline

Registered: 01/28/08
Posts: 902
Loc: Aledo, Tx
I pulled a small garden wagon behind a bicycle on a spot that was 3 miles from my parking area on a public hunt one time. Works pretty good.

If you do wind up quartering it up, be sure you don't debone it till you get home or take it to processor

Edited by TurkeyWhisperer (08/13/16 02:37 PM)

#6407816 - 08/14/16 02:48 PM Re: Need some advice [Re: Lil Joe]
Chunky Monkey Offline
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Registered: 12/03/14
Posts: 1606
Get riding lawn mower to pull it out.

#6412048 - 08/17/16 07:31 AM Re: Need some advice [Re: Lil Joe]
hook_n_line Offline
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Registered: 01/20/12
Posts: 4789
I take my brothers hunting with me. lol...
Sometimes it's hard being me! But somebody has to do it.

#6412284 - 08/17/16 10:08 AM Re: Need some advice [Re: Lil Joe]
Sniper John Offline

Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16776
Loc: North Texas
I have one of the game carts. I have used it for moving deer and hogs to the road on my hunting lease, carrying fishing gear onto a pier, carting a kayak, and moving bags of goose decoys across fields. My advice, the wider the width and larger diameter the tires the better. The narrow ones tip over too easily when top heavy. The smaller tires are harder to pull over logs and rocks and such. On public land I either leave it folded up chained and locked in the back of the truck or if carting in, cable it to a tree with a lock while hunting.

#6418431 - 08/21/16 03:51 PM Re: Need some advice [Re: Lil Joe]
Brother Phil Offline

Registered: 01/07/15
Posts: 206
I am also in the market for a deer cart. Any suggestions? Also if you quarter the deer, bring the head for proof of sex, and save the back straps. There was a post on the forum about a game warden writing a ticket to a hunter that wasted some of the meat from his deer.


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