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Best Way To Drag a Deer Out Of The Woods? #6023318 11/11/15 05:09 PM
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This weekend my wife and I were hunting and I killed a buck that only ran 30 yards into the woods. However it was very, very thick brambles. Took us forever to just walk through them to find the buck. Took us over 30 minutes to drag the buck out through all the vines and thorns. Now I need to say that we both are almost 70, but it took everything we had to get that buck back out where we could load him up in the truck. Any body got any tricks on making it easier in dragging a deer through thick stuff. This old man could use any suggestions that you may have.


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Machete and/or a 4 wheeler with a long tow strap.

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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
4 wheeler with a long tow strap.


^ This. There's no easy way about it. Also, drag from the head, so you don't pull against the animals fur for increased resistance.



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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Machete and/or a 4 wheeler with a long tow strap.


This, or gut it where it falls to drop about 30-40 lbs.

One for younger guys, Tie each end of a rope to a back leg, or to the head, step into the loop and pull it up to your waist and start walking.


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Take a look at some of this company's products...

http://vikingsl.com/hunters/

I had the same problem when my daughter killed a big six point on youth weekend. The two of us could not get it loaded on my hitch hauler to move away from the feeder for gutting. Had to dress it where it fell to get rid of some of the weight. Even then the two of us had a hard time lifting it. I certainly could've used some of their products. By the way, I'm not affiliated with the company and don't know anything about them. I just found their website while researching hoists.

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You might look into getting a deer sled or deer cart. Google it.


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Originally Posted By: twinbubba
You might look into getting a deer sled or deer cart. Google it.

I did see a guy use a snow sled, like the kids play with in the snow.



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I am getting an electric wench with lots of cable and a roll of anchor line now. I have a creek that cuts my place in half and the feeder is 100 yrds from the roadside of it. I will not drag another deer manually again unless I have help.


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Originally Posted By: hook_n_line
I am getting an electric wench with lots of cable and a roll of anchor line now. I have a creek that cuts my place in half and the feeder is 100 yrds from the roadside of it. I will not drag another deer manually again unless I have help.


Speaking of Wally world had a Reese electric 2,000 lb winch priced at 59 dollars the other day with a abck up hand crank could be handy.


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Get someone young to haul it out for you.

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I bring a two wheeled dolly with me. It stays in the back of the truck until I need it. Then I lay the deer flat on it and use a couple of ratchet straps to hold him down and then lift and pull. It's not perfect, but it works and it MUCH easier than dragging it out of the woods. It also comes in handy for hauling corn to the feeder that the truck can't get to.
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I put a winch on the Gator for stuff like this. It has drug my fat butt out of a creek, it'll handle a deer.


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You pick that sucker up and walk outta the woods like it's a sack of taters!

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Gut it if your far enough in.. I try everything I can not to have to do it but if I have to drag it more than 100yrds by myself ill shed that 40lbs real quick.. my tree harness also has a deer drag loop built into it and comes with a nice drag rope and snap ring.. makes life nice..

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Back in my youth, and I guess it'd work Ok now, I'd make a cut in both deer back legs and cut a chunk of tree limb or small sapling. The wood would be about an inch thick and 2 1/2 feet long. Stick it through the leg holes and drag with that. Makes it a lot easier.

Pretty much had to get good at dragging before 3Wheelers came on to the scene.

Luckily, a buck in central Texas is about half the body weight of the bucks I used to shoot in NE Louisiana. I'm older and the deer are lighter. Works for me.


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I have a deer cart I bought from Cabelas and hauled a friends mule deer buck about 400 yards back to a road on it once. I have also seen a hard but plyable plastic sled with a tow rope that would slide across any ground very easily. It was lightweight and could be rolled up and stored/carried easily.


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My dad had kids and im doing the same, but at this point in time I'd have to carry the kiddo and drag the deer... few more years and its time for me to kick back cheers


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The following has worked well. Tie a rope around the horns or neck and attach the other end to the middle of a piece of broom handle about 2.5 feet long or cut a right size limb. Makes the job easier for one of two people.

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Use the bucket on the tractor to get the briars out of the way...roll deer into bucket, back out the same way you came in.

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Originally Posted By: rifleman
Use the bucket on the tractor to get the briars out of the way...roll deer into bucket, back out the same way you came in.


Great minds think alike. Then chain back hocks to each corner of the buck and raise anus to eye level to begin the dressing.


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I use a Jet Sled. Roll the deer into the sled and drag it to a point where I can get to it with the Gator. Attach the sled rope to the gator's hitch and drive it to the shop.

Works great!!
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I use a wheelbarrow. Much easier than the game carts on rough ground and in the mud. My wife says she knows when the season is approaching when she sees it in my pickup.

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Lots of good ideas but this made me think of an old joke.....Bubba and Billy were out hunting when Bubba dropped a buck about 1/2 mile from camp. After they were done celebrating they each grab a leg and start dragging the deer back to camp. Not too long after they started Billy says, you know this would be a lot easier if we grabbed his antlers and used them like handles. Bubba agreed and they each grab one side of the antlers and start going again. About 15 minutes later Billy looks over at Bubba and says, see I told you it would be easier. Bubba looked over and him and says, yeah your were right......but we sure are getting a lot further away from camp. roflmao


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I had a very large hog run off into some super thick, tangled nasty stuff once. It was probably a hundred yards in when I found him. There as no way i was going to try and drag him out, so I went and got a bunch of ropes, tied them together until I got to him, and then tied the rope to his back legs. Then I just pulled him out with my truck. Couldn't have been any easier!!!

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I remember as a kid at the family hunting camp an old timer telling a story of when he was younger
Him and a buddy had been hunting miles from the nearest road in rugged terrain.
The Friend shoots a big buck and after gutting it he dragged it about 200 yards before getting worn out.
He offered the old timer a few dollars to carry it out for him (this was probably in the 30s or 40s)
The old timer cut the bones out of the legs and tied the legs together making a back pack.
The old timer said about half back, his friend said it looked too easy and asked if
he could carry his own deer the rest of the way.

I remember as a kid thinking that would be an easy way to get shot in some back woods area having some dumb-a$$ try to shoot the deer while your carrying it.

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