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Retrieving deer far away from the truck? #8410924 10/08/21 05:47 PM
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Have a good walk to my stand at my new lease as I can’t drive my truck any further. I don’t own a 4 wheeler and would hate to buy one just to retrieve a deer, although that sure would be nice the older I get.

So after field dressing a deer what is the best way to drag it back to the truck? It’ll be up a slight incline with some ruts/ rocks in the trail/road which make it impossible for any truck to drive down. I’m sure I could prob find a small path in the woods when I get to the bad parts of the road.

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go buy a game cart or sled


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Re: Retrieving deer far away from the truck? [Re: spoon33] #8410930 10/08/21 05:52 PM
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'Beat me to it while I was copying a Cabela's link. 100 bucks. I have one I've rarely used, but when you need it, you really need it.

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I have a game cart. Learn from my experience: If you are going to store it outside, don't buy one with plastic wheels.

Re: Retrieving deer far away from the truck? [Re: spoon33] #8410962 10/08/21 06:30 PM
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I use a 7 Cu Ft yard cart


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Re: Retrieving deer far away from the truck? [Re: spoon33] #8411034 10/08/21 07:41 PM
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Field dressing originated as a way to reduce the weight of an animal for transport and it doesn't take long once you become good at it.

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I always thought it originated as away to keep flesh from spoiling.

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Originally Posted by Hudbone
I always thought it originated as away to keep flesh from spoiling.


That too, but less so in colder temperatures.

My first experience with field dressing was when I was a teenager just learning how to deer hunt with my future father-in-law. He had taken a young buck and we were about a mile from the nearest road. It was years before Honda would introduce their first three-wheeler in the U.S. after finding great success with them in the rice fields of Japan. I hate to think how much harder it would have been for the two of us to pole that deer out of the woods had he not field dressed it. At that point, reducing the lift was the primary goal.

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I’ve got a game cart your welcome to use if your close to me, shoot me a pm if you need to use it for the season or until you get one. Your welcome to it up

Re: Retrieving deer far away from the truck? [Re: spoon33] #8411059 10/08/21 08:02 PM
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The great flood of 19’, I didn’t dress though. She weighted 102, wasn’t to bad

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Re: Retrieving deer far away from the truck? [Re: spoon33] #8411081 10/08/21 08:23 PM
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1/4 it and back pack it out, making two trips if you have to. I used a cart on a 3 mile in and out hunt and the cart was more trouble than it was worth. I've carried two out, 1/4'd in a back pack after my experience with the cart. Heavy, yeah but stop and rest if you have to. I bought a great pack, Badlands. Get the weight close to your body in a well fitted, properly adjusted pack and you'd be surprised how much you can haul. A cart up hill, it's an a-- whippin.


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Originally Posted by onlysmith&wesson
1/4 it and back pack it out, making two trips if you have to. I used a cart on a 3 mile in and out hunt and the cart was more trouble than it was worth. I've carried two out, 1/4'd in a back pack after my experience with the cart. Heavy, yeah but stop and rest if you have to. I bought a great pack, Badlands. Get the weight close to your body in a well fitted, properly adjusted pack and you'd be surprised how much you can haul. A cart up hill, it's an a-- whippin.



Agreed, depending on the terrain....a cart could be more trouble than its worth. We use 'freighter' back packs for Elk in remote areas.


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Originally Posted by onlysmith&wesson
1/4 it and back pack it out, making two trips if you have to. I used a cart on a 3 mile in and out hunt and the cart was more trouble than it was worth. I've carried two out, 1/4'd in a back pack after my experience with the cart. Heavy, yeah but stop and rest if you have to. I bought a great pack, Badlands. Get the weight close to your body in a well fitted, properly adjusted pack and you'd be surprised how much you can haul. A cart up hill, it's an a-- whippin.



Always thought about trying this. How hard was it. popcorn


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I wouldn't drag a deer 10 feet. Bust it down into quarters and bring it out on a pack frame. Last year I took a 6 pt off public land at Lake Meredith and I packed it out in one load over 3 miles. Packing is easier and quicker than dragging and the meat stays cleaner.


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Originally Posted by QMC SW/EXW
I wouldn't drag a deer 10 feet. Bust it down into quarters and bring it out on a pack frame. Last year I took a 6 pt off public land at Lake Meredith and I packed it out in one load over 3 miles. Packing is easier and quicker than dragging and the meat stays cleaner.


I'm with you pack it. Qtr’d or whole.


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Re: Retrieving deer far away from the truck? [Re: spoon33] #8411396 10/09/21 03:34 AM
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Re: Retrieving deer far away from the truck? [Re: spoon33] #8411404 10/09/21 03:43 AM
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I use a JetSled that I bought from Cabelas (Bought a couple from BPS too). It helps to drag a deer and also nice to just attach to the trailer hitch on the Gator and drag it in.

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I have used a deer cart, and found it to be a PIA. One of the places I hunt has an area that is not vehicle accessible. I quarter the deer, and carry it to the truck in a 5 gallon pail, taking two trips. It is a short walk. If it was a long distance, I would get a pack frame. Don't forget to keep the head. I also carry a plastic tablecloth (from Dollar Tree) to spread on the ground. No need to gut the deer. Clean, easy fast. There are some videos on youtube that explain this well. Good luck. Save your back.

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The best is a Jet Sled from Shappell, or one of the knock-offs. I have the regular sized on for deer/antelope, and an XL for elk. They stay clean, slide easily, can drop a loop around the trailer hitch on the ATV/UTV and pull back to the truck. They fit in the bed of the UTV, and haul hogs to the dump great. If you have gear in the back you don't want dusty or wet, just flip it over and keep covered. Powerwash the blood out in a hurry.

I have a 2-wheeled cart that I use in Kansas for WIHA's where they have flat corn fields or roads you can't drive on, but that's about the only time I use it.

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Originally Posted by Blank
The best is a Jet Sled from Shappell, or one of the knock-offs. I have the regular sized on for deer/antelope, and an XL for elk. They stay clean, slide easily, can drop a loop around the trailer hitch on the ATV/UTV and pull back to the truck. They fit in the bed of the UTV, and haul hogs to the dump great. If you have gear in the back you don't want dusty or wet, just flip it over and keep covered. Powerwash the blood out in a hurry.

I have a 2-wheeled cart that I use in Kansas for WIHA's where they have flat corn fields or roads you can't drive on, but that's about the only time I use it.

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Mostly used for ice fishing (where you can ice fish) we take one to Wyoming each year elk hunting works great for getting them back to camp.

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Originally Posted by spoon33
Have a good walk to my stand at my new lease as I can’t drive my truck any further. I don’t own a 4 wheeler and would hate to buy one just to retrieve a deer, although that sure would be nice the older I get.

So after field dressing a deer what is the best way to drag it back to the truck? It’ll be up a slight incline with some ruts/ rocks in the trail/road which make it impossible for any truck to drive down. I’m sure I could prob find a small path in the woods when I get to the bad parts of the road.


This might help. I think wheels make for a quieter approach to your stand unless they squeak.

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Or do what this bloke does and turn your deer into a backpack



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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
The great flood of 19’, I didn’t dress though. She weighted 102, wasn’t to bad

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Originally Posted by decook
Or do what this bloke does and turn your deer into a backpack


By the time I would have done this ,I could already had it half way to the truck.

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If I can't drive to them I don't shoot them. I am too old to be packing out a deer.

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