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I was hunting the other day deep in my local woods. I spotted a massive buck and took my shot but I didn't hit it cleanly. It t

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  • I was hunting the other day deep in my local woods. I spotted a massive buck and took my shot but I didn't hit it cleanly. It t

    I was hunting the other day deep in my local woods. I spotted a massive buck and took my shot but I didn't hit it cleanly. It took off deeper in the brush and I went after it. When I finally brought it down I felt like I was miles from anywhere and I had no idea how to get the buck home. What should I have done? And what's the easiest way to get a heavy buck out of the woods?

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    Did you have a GPS unit or at least a compass? If you were certain you could retrace your steps, then you should have left it there (well hidden), then gone back for help. If you had no GPS or compass, then dragging it was your only option.

    What did you do, anyway?

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    • #3
      My cellphone lost reception so I couldn't call my buddies to help drag it out. So I eventually got my bearings and struggled with the buck for AWHILE until I finally gave up. It was just too damn heavy and I wasn't properly prepared.

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      • #4
        If you have a compass, take a reading before you start to track the buck. If you have a GPS, set a waypoint before you start to track. Once you had your buck down, another waypoint would fix your location. If you could not get the buck out yourself, the last waypoint would lead you and a friend back to the buck. If coyotes are a problem in your area, sometimes leaving a piece of your clothing attached to the deer may deter the coyotes from ruining yout harvest.

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        • #5
          I would also say judging by were the sun was could have been a big help if you didn't have a compass or GPS, then if you had a safety harness you could use it as a drag.

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          • #6
            Parachute cord aka 550 cord. This is the first year I forgot mine and I regretted it. 50 feet takes up almost no room in a pocket and you can build a heck of a harness for yourself and the deer. Not that dragging a big buck is easy but it beats trying to hold on with your hands.

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            • #7
              I leave a roll up plastic deer sled in my truck. Cabela's carry two different types, Dead Sled and Deer Sleigh'r. I have the Sleigh'r. I am usually no more than 2 or 3 miles from the truck and it is worth the extra trip after finding the deer. Probably the best $30 I have ever spent for deer hunting. I got it after I had a heart attack, and have no problem bringing out a buck on my own with this. Best to unroll and roll it in the opposite direction to straighten it out before using.

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              • #8
                i have been lost before. (no fun) what i do is keep trail markers with me. i like the orange thumbtack,you can see in daytime but really lights up at night when flashlight hits it(clip on orange tags work well to). as far as dragging a heavy deer,i learned last year that if you take a stout stick and put it through the back legs it helps a lot. dragging a buck from the horns leaves the bulk of the weight on the ground for you to pull. dragging with stick allows you to pull from center of deer and also allows you to get bulk of weight off the ground. never give up! wasting deer is never an option for me. another option might have been to quarter the deer on the spot and backpack the meat out.(at least hind quarter and tenderloin. also field dressing deer in woods makes dragging a little lighter. i hope you at least got the rack?

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                • #9
                  Field dressing your buck should be your first step. My grandfather uses an old one inch rigging strap about four feet long. One of my buddies likes to tie a rope around its neck with an piece of deadwood for a handle. I usually grab the bull by the horns so to speak. Most important is to take your time and realize that the hard part is done in taking your buck, use your head and pick your way through the woods the easiest way you can, back to the truck. Avoid steep and swampy terrain. Proper footing is key in not getting yourself hurt. Use your legs not your back.

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                  • #10
                    I carry a small roll of orange surveyor tape. Use it to mark your trail out after field dressing the deer. Leave a used hankerchief to discourage other animals. Once back at the truck I have a Cabela's game cart. It has 2 hard wheels and a rickshah shape. Folds up to take little room in the truck. I have hauled a large buck and a large doe at the same time with mine. Unlike a 4 wheeler you can unload, drag the deer under a fence, reload and continue on. Pick up the trail tapes on the way out or use white toilet paper squares and leave them. This is much easier than any method of dragging (I've done lots of that too).

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                    • #11
                      the simple way is to take paper towles or toilet paper and put it on every blood drop or 100 yards whichever is farther. there is no good way to get it out, a couple of things; waypoint with GPS, mark it on a map (you do have one don't you)
                      The blessing and curse that I have here in AR is that most kills are either uphill or downhill. So you walk uphill to the nearest logging road and mark it then you take the truck,4wheeler,horse to the mark and drop off the hill

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                      • #12
                        Get one of your buddies to come with you later on.

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                        • #13
                          You need to remember a GPS.

                          Nate

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                          • #14
                            I would of waited for some family members or close buddies to come and help me find it. But if that is not an option, i would have brought a GPS unit and that would of helped. I guess the only other thing to do if the first two are not an option is that to tie a string or something around the trees that you pass so you can follow them bakck on the way back. As for a big buck, i would use a game cart if you had one and if not, then i guess dragging would have to do.

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                            • #15
                              Instead of struggling by yourself and wasting energy,make the trek back to get your friends. Several years ago, a friend told me how easy it is to drag a deer with three people.
                              When one of us in our huntin' party gets a deer down, and it's too far from the truck,we always go in three's, is vastly different and so much easier.
                              Try it!

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