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How do you retrieve your deer when you shoot it? If you can not drive your pickup or ATV down to the deer to load it up? Do you

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  • #16
    Drag.

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    • #17
      I call my buddy Lance to bring the extraction team!

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      • #18
        When out at my farm I use a quad. This year I was lucky enough to be selected to hunt a metro park by my house. When I shot my buck a college buddy, who I invited to come hunt with me, and I had to drag it about 300 yards through the woods to an opening. It was not enjoyable.

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        • #19
          I bought a game cart a couple years ago from Cabela's. It much easier than dragging them, keeps them clean, and is faster. Like Del from KS, it stays in my vehicle during deer season. During the offseason I use it to move equipment and guns from my vehicle to the firing line at the range.

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          • #20
            My first elk I was lucky and dropped her just a few yards from a decent two-track we could get the truck down. I've never been that lucky since. If there is good snow a sled is best, especially if the truck is downhill from where I dropped it. I use a game cart that is a pain in the rump when it is dry. Game carts are built for deer and therefore are way too small for even calf elk. When Murphy is in full control of the hunt we quarter them and grunt them out. The last one was wrapped in one of those roll-up game "sleds" that was literally shredded on all the exposed rocks by the time we got it down to where we could get the truck. After the shot is taken the real work begins.

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            • #21
              I've dragged all my life, however some years ago, I purchased heavy-duty plastic sled for waterfowl and I use it for deer too. I always gut first, or get them to the best spot possible if it's swampy or very muddy.

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              • #22
                In my profile album there's a photo of a large elk (the largest I have ever seen, body-wise) that I dragged out by myself over a mile. I'm not sure many were convinced that I actually did this. A few years later my brother went back up there with me. After seeing the place he was convinced. Steeper than a dog's hind leg. He couldn't stay with me very long but I made it back up to where I shot the bull (even though my right knee had been badly damaged in a horse wreck a few weeks earlier). A few yards further on I dropped two forked-horn muley bucks in one shot. One rolled down to the edge of a 200' cliff. I tied that one up to a bush and gutted it on the spot, made a pack out of it, and crawled on my hands and knees up to the other one. Lashed the horns together with my belt, tied adjacent limbs together with flagging/surveyor tape, and dragged the package (via my belt wrapped around my hand) back down the mountain.

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