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general hunting question

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by southernjeep80, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. southernjeep80

    southernjeep80 Member

    Apr 18, 2010
    got a question. iv been hunting a few times but only on private property guded hunts. not the expensive safari style more like the 200 dollar hog hunts. iv never gone solo wild life management / public land hunting.

    my question is if you dont have a quad or side by side how do yall make it from where vehicles cant go any farther to your tree stand or blind. im guessing walk. but that brings up and issue say i walk 4-500 yards from the trail to a spot and get set up how do i get the game back to the prep area or the truck even gutting the thing its still going to weigh a ton plus my stand on my back how do yall do it dragging it out seams like that walk would take hours.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS

    You just have to make two or more trips.
    Quarter the game to make each part lighter.

    Or get some buddies drunk enough to have bad judgement to help you carry the whole hog out.

  3. heeler

    heeler Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2007
    Dragging a deer a quarter of a mile is inviting a heart attack for a lot of guys.
    Go to Cabela's or like type of hunting goods store and checked out the wheeled game transports.
    Frankly I would skip the stand and find a natural game trail or food source and hang tight in natural cover for the right moment.
  4. T Bran

    T Bran Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2010
    Homestead FL
    My best advice is to find a hunting buddy to go along on your outings. As much for safety as to have a helping hand. Just keep in mind that you will be helping to drag his or her kills out as well. So far I've found that the gals that hunt with us seem to spot and shoot more game than the rest of us.
    Good Hunting
  5. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2006
    I shot my first buck on a muddy corn field on public land. I was maybe 250 yards from my vehicle and it took me over 2 hours to drag it.

    I shot my second buck on public land. I was 800 yards from my vehicle through the woods. Again it took me several hours to drag it out.

    I would HIGHLY recommend a small carrier of some some with a wheel...I was young and strong then...now I'm middle aged and kind of strong...but i have more money and sense now.;)
  6. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

    Freedom_fighter_in_IL Well-Known Member

    Aug 30, 2010
    If you think 4-500 yards from your vehicle is a long drag, you certainly do NOT want to go hunting where I do usually. Granted, here in Illinois I'm usually that close, but on 99% of my other hunts out west and up in Canada and Alaska, if I'm within 2 miles of my vehicle, I'm too damn close to civilization! One of the best investments I have ever made was for a 10 dollar plastic drag. Just weighs a few ounces but I have drug out some pretty large white-tails on it and it makes it SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much easier. Elk hunting, I have always quartered them out but I am generally not that far from my pack horses. I'm big and strong, not stupid :D I'll usually go get the horses then quarter it up and load it.
  7. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Central Fla
    Welcome to deer hunting 101.
  8. redneck2

    redneck2 Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Northern Indiana
    My friend that I hunt with used a plastic kids sled toboggan thing this year. Looks kinda like a tub. Maybe 5' long with 10" sides and two pull ropes.

    l thought it was a little goofy until we used it on his 180# buck. Thing slides right along. He throws his gear in it to take to the woods and then uses it for field transport.

    It REALLY helps if you have to go over a fence. We had a doe, maybe 120# field dressed. The sled has rails on the side that make it easy to grab. Lifted her right up and over.

    We tried the wheeled card thing. If there are saplings, logs, or mud they are of limited use.

    Critters should be made with handles. Would be a lot easier to drag them out.
  9. Loyalist Dave

    Loyalist Dave Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2006
    People's Republic of Maryland
    Yep them plastic kid's toboggans are great, AND they come in Blaze Orange soemtimes. :D

    Now if you don't want to walk back to the vehicle, get the sled, then walk back with it, or you are worried some person might swipe it from your vehicle while you are out hunting..., I have taken with me, and used, a piece of rolled plastic, rather thick, that was sold (again) for kids to use in the snow..., I have also used a piece of canvas, painted on one side with a coat of latex house paint... and with gromets installed to attach drag ropes. Package the animal with the painted side down. Reduces friction, and that's the point eh? :D

    Once you get your animal packeged into something like the above, dragging with a rope over you shoulder is MUCH easier. I even have a wide piece of leather that slips under the rope against my shoulder to reduce the pressure there as well.

    Finally, I am not in good shape..., I have and still could play the part of Santa, without padding, so once packaged up..., take your time. You're gonna need the strength and stamina at your vehicle to load up the animal from whatever you're using.

  10. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2003
    Sportsmanguide has the wheelbarrow that is foldable around $80 on their flyers all the time.
  11. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    West GA
    Good framed backpack. Remove the hams and shoulders w/ the hide on them. Sawing off everything below the joints makes it a little less bulky. Skin a wide strip from the back, remove the backstraps and wrap them in the hide that was removed. I refuse to drag guts.
  12. BigN

    BigN Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Adirondack Mountains, Waaay Upstate New York
    Up here they call that "dragging."
  13. DM~

    DM~ Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2011
    upper mid west
    As a kid, we always drug our gutted deer out, no matter how far it was.
    We hunted as a family, and would help each other get all the deer out.

    When i hunted deer in the temporate rainforest, i almost always hunted
    alone, and there you can only hunt on foot, many times shooting a deer a
    mile or more from camp. SO, i would bone out the deer right where i
    shot it, putting all of the meat in my pack, and pack it out to camp.

    You don't have to hang them or even gut them. With the deer on it's
    side, you just run your knife up the hide from the tail to the head,
    right up the back bone. Then skin out the side that's UP, toward the
    belly, and bone out all the meat you can get.

    Then pull the hide back over where you boned out, and roll the deer to
    expose the OTHER side, also skinning it toward the belly, and take the
    rest of the meat off the bones.

    I use to time myself, and i could do one in under one hour...

    These days i use an ATV and it's a blessing, as i'm not getting any

  14. heeler

    heeler Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2007
    That's pretty neat DM.
    I knew a guy some time back that lived in the upper area of Michigan and did something very similiar to his deer as it was tough going where he hunted and this was pretty much pre ATV days.
    Since most land in Texas is privately owned I generally can drive right up to my dead deer.
  15. sage5907

    sage5907 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    Wild & Free Oklahoma
    You're smart to ask good questions up front. First, when you park a vehicle you have to park is a relatively safe place or you will get your vehicle broken into and gear stolen. That's why you see some hunters drive old beaten up vehicles to their parking spot. If you have an expensive vehicle you'll be smart to find a secure place to park even if it means travelling further. Secondly, walk to your stand location even if its a mile or more away. Plan your hunt so you don't get caught in a situation where you can't get back after dark. Carry a GPS like the Garmin Etrac so you can get to your stand and back to the truck even in the dark. Finally, use a two wheel cart to transport your game. Mine has a telescoping aluminum frame with two 20 inch wheels. The frame telescopes so it can be hauled easily in a vehicle, and when extended it is long and low to the ground so it can be loaded easily. With the 20 inch wheels the rear is only 10 inches off the ground. When I load a deer on the frame I make sure the big weight is over the axle so it is not on me so all I have to do is throw my weight into the load and it will move. The further I am away from the vehicle the choosier I get about what I shoot. BW
  16. nmlongbow

    nmlongbow Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2007
    Tijeras, New Mexico
    A good frame pack or one of the newer freight hauler packs is what I use. I killed my elk with a recurve this year and boned it out in the field then carried everything out in 4 trips. It was only about a mile but all uphill and I was lucky to run into a herd that close to camp on the last day.

    I always keep a plastic snow sled in camp but haven't used one yet.

    Look into the gutless method on youtube and leave everthing but the good parts in the field.
  17. 336A

    336A Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    Like Big N said up here we call that dragging, that is exactly how our fathers and grandparents did it. As others have said try to find a hunting partner. It safer and is very helpful when you or your partner get a deer. If your worried about extra weight get rid of the tree stand. I have yet to use one as I prefer still hunting or finding a nice well used game trail to set off of. I get a lot wierd looks when I tell folks I don't hunt from a stand but my system has never failed me yet.

    It is also important to field dress the animal immediately so as the meat don't start to spoil. It is imperitive to get it cleaned out and let the chest cavity and the rest of the animal to cool. This becomes even more important if one flubs a shot and hits other organs such as the stomach:uhoh:
  18. LoonWulf

    LoonWulf Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    I always used to have an extra large alice pack and frame when we hunted areas i had to walk more then a mile or so. We managed to stuff a little over three deer quartered out (took the meat from the ribs but left the bones) into it on one trip and it still wasnt that hard to walk with. Not sure what regulations are where you hunt tho, quartering may not be allowed etc.
  19. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2007
    It is not unusual for me to be 3-5 miles from a road with walking being the only option. A normal sized deer isn't too bad if you have a couple of friends. I killed a 260 lb. bear 3 miles from a road a few years back and thought it was going to kill me before I got it back to camp, 10 hours later. And that was with 5 of us working on it.

    Since then I don't try to bring anything out whole if I'm very far off the road. I carry a pack with extra gear, a saw, plastic bags and medical gloves. I don't even bother gutting. Just skin, cut off the head,cut the quarters and backstraps leaving proof of sex on one rear quarter. Two people can carry everything in their packs. If by yourself it may take 2 trips to get everything.
  20. Liberty1776

    Liberty1776 Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2006
    "couple hours"? I know guys that have taken 2 days to pack out elk and moose. When I was young, I used to just sling my deer over my shoulder and carry 'em out (not safe in any area with other hunters, I know) Now that I'm old and fat I use a rollup plastic toboggan with holes punched in along the sides for bungee cords that strap over the deer and hold it on. works on almost all terrain, but still hard in real wet leaves or mud. But then, dat's hunting...

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