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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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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    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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  • ITHACASXS
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    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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  • Sourdough Dave
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    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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  • DSMbirddog
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    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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  • buckeye
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    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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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    I call my buddy Lance to bring the extraction team!

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  • buckhunter
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    Drag.

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    Sorry about the seeming duplication in the posts. My first one appeared to disappear and then reappeared later.

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  • Pray- hunt-work
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    Tug lean step step tug lean step step tug lean step step, you get the picture..

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  • country road
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    If I have to move one more than 50 yards, or uphill, I go get help. On a couple of occasions when no one was available, I've made a drag a little bit at a time with plenty of rest breaks. No sense in me and the deer being dead on the ground at the same time.

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    No one should purposely shoot a deer through both shoulders. That's a waste. No deer shot through the boiler room (i.e. behind the ribs through the lungs) is going to go far across a fence if it could manage to jump it.

    Quartering a deer in the field is also liable to be unnecessarily dirty and wasteful unless it can be pulled up off the ground before cutting it up. I MIGHT cut one in half (front quarters or back quarters together) and pack it out that way. If I can handle a whole deer - hide, head, feet and all - on my back without a packboard, putting half on with a packboard should be a piece of cake. I'm no Hulk Hogan and I routinely packed elk quarters that were up to 130 lbs. A half of a deer certainly is going to be nowhere near that weight.

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    What the ...? No one should purposely shoot a deer through both shoulders! That's an unnecessary waste!!!! Shoot behind the shoulder through the ribs and take out the lungs that way. No need to mess up the shoulders! Certainly not on purpose anyway. There's plenty of good meat in the shoulders. And no deer is going to be jumping a fence if it's shot through both lungs and/or heart. If somehow one shot through the boiler room does manage to jump a fence, it's not going but a few more feet. Certainly within towing distance for an ATV.

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    Drag it usually. And leave the guts in as long as possible. If there's two guys usually not a problem to leave the guts in till it's dragged to where the vehicle can get to it. That way it stays clean.

    I have on a few occasions made a deer into a pack, climbed inside, rolled over, and carried it out. I could tell you how to do it rather easily but I won't because 1) it can be dangerous [you might get shot!]; 2) good way for someone who is not in real good shape to hurt themselves; and 3) just a horribly painful way of doing it [not to mention making a bloody mess of yourself head to toe!]. But it can be done. For those of you who know how to do this, please keep it to yourself!

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  • DEER30
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    I usually just drag by hand. But sometimes if I am too far from the truck or have an uphill/mountain hike, I will quarter it up and pack it out.

    On rare occasions, I can get my truck to it or my buddy's polaris 500 and I feel spoiled.

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  • mike0714
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    A good knife, big pack, plastic bags, and a ice filled cooler still work the best and are the easiest for me. No cart would make it into where I hunt let alone out with a full deer. If you make 2 trips you make 2 but if you do a rib roll and remove the meat off most of the bones you can leave with pack around 100lbs. which is not to bad for a little bit.

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