Best Deer Drag Product/Trick

10/14/18 @ 4:03 PM
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BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01

I shot my biggest deer last year and had to drag it through mud, brush and swamp about 3/4 of a mile back to my truck.  Not fun and I am surprised I’m not dead from it.  Im looking for input on products for making that easier.  I’ve found plastic sleds/wraps on Sportsmen’s Guide and other sites as well as carts.  I don’t think the cart thing would work where I hunt so I’m looking for something to make dragging easier beit through mud or snow.  Thanks. 

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11/11/18 @ 4:27 PM
Shellfish
Shellfish
USER since 7/19/03

Been using kids plastic toboggans for years.  Picked them up at garage sales for a few dollars.  Add a series of rope along the sides to hold deer in place.  Important to not use just a rope with a knot at the front pulling end of toboggan, it will just pull through.  I make a complete loop of rope with wood backers at the front end.  This has never pulled through.  

Shellfish

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11/11/18 @ 12:02 PM
brtn610
brtn610
USER since 12/30/07

The best option for getting a deer out when it’s a long way in is to break it down, strap it to a frame pack, and carry it out of there.

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11/10/18 @ 6:08 PM
dodger
dodger
MEMBER since 9/3/01

I just had an idea.(no, it doesn't happen very often) I'm lucky I can pull my deer out with a sled and four wheeler.  

I wonder if we sprayed the bottom of the sleds with Pam or a silicone spray to make the sled even easier. Thoroughly spray the sled a couple of days before using. 

What do you think ? Will that make the sled pull easier ?  No one needs to hurt themselves or have a heart attack.

Mike



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11/10/18 @ 3:35 PM
JamesD
JamesD
MEMBER since 2/16/04

I don't think there is a trick to it. Grim determination like Mr. Trout showed seems the norm. My small advantage is having a longer and thicker rope than some guys carry. I tie around the horns and the snout then make large double loops so I can lean into hauling with the rope over both shoulders. This helps a lot to keep the snout off the ground while pulling thru brush and over logs. This also leaves my hands free to carry my gun with one hand and grab stuff or break my fall, with the other, when exhaustion sets in and I wipe out.

Edited on 11/10/18 3:37 PM
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11/9/18 @ 12:21 PM
zones4
zones4
USER since 6/18/01

Ditto on Splitg2...we do the same. 

No issues...hope I just didn't jinx myself.

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11/8/18 @ 3:58 PM
splitG2
splitG2
USER since 10/12/07
I use a deer cart. Its got 16" bicycle wheels and I added an aluminum extention on the handle which makes it easier for weight distribution. No problems going thru most terrain, just gotta take your time. I also have a deer slayer sled, but usually always use the cart.

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11/8/18 @ 2:42 PM
Fishsqueezer
Fishsqueezer
USER since 5/19/06

Used a wheelbarrow to haul a deer just under a mile the other day on an abandoned logging road. Worked great. 

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11/8/18 @ 1:51 PM
alcrumpler
alcrumpler
USER since 7/19/09

Iv used sleds they work great as long as you dont have to flip them over alot. An deer is strapped in an rope dont brake or pull out the holes iv used otters ok plow alot an kinda wide.deer carts are good at time other times they are good at twisting a wrist .iv made at cart out of an old dolly put mountain bike tires on it still ok my go to is an old truck liner cut down with a handle for each hand an dont be shy to add an exstra road for spectators lol its light an easy customized for any stiuation

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10/19/18 @ 10:46 AM
wihunter71
wihunter71
USER since 10/23/12

Just bought this. My brother hunts way back. Hopefully it makes for easier drag. Had good reviews. Not getting any younger.  Hopefully beable to give it a try this year. Ropes that it comes with are pretty cheapy, so gonna replace. Gonna get para cord to tie deer in and a better rope for dragging.

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10/18/18 @ 2:06 PM
7thson
7thson
USER since 6/4/06

My son hunts in a swamp , and everytime he shoots one he calls me to bring what we call a " Dead Sled " . Basically it's a plastic  childs sled kind of thing , sold at all outdoors type stores . He pulls it and I carry his bow and gear .

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