What a Drag

I carry a 5′ kid’s sled in my vehicle from September through February, which is my entire bow season. After harvesting an animal, I lay it onto the sled, tie it down with cord, and drag it to the truck. Here are just a few reasons why I like using a sled: it works well on dry ground or snow; it keeps the hide clean in muddy conditions; it makes it easier to load game into your vehicle when you are alone; and it keeps the blood contained during transport.

2018-12-21T14:46:11+00:00

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  1. Butch December 26, 2018 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Great idea!

  2. Don Thomas December 26, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Great idea. We figured out a variation on the theme years ago when I was guiding bear hunters in Alaska. A wet hide from a big brown bear can weigh over 200# if you haven’t had time to skin the head and knock out the paws. You can always cut up a deer, but you can’t cut up a client’s 10-foot bear hide. We used a rolled up piece of black plastic to slide the hides out. Went great on old snow and tundra, but you still had to wrestle it through some brush and creeks. The plastic rolled up small enough to carry in a pack. You needed to tie everything in well, and it helped to have a partner on a stern rope to keep it from getting away from you on sidehills. Don

  3. Jerome Bogus December 27, 2018 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Good tip, as I’ve been using a sled myself for several years and it saves on over straining your back. Jerome

  4. Mark Moersch December 30, 2018 at 8:53 am - Reply

    I bought a sled specifically for deer, added some wood around perimeter to support small eyebolts. Use it for ice fishing, too.

  5. gary December 30, 2018 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I have used a sled since the mid 80’s. The sled really works great.

  6. Ed Brinkman December 30, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    I’ve inherited my dads old jet sled for ice fishing cheap for me but makes a heck of a deer hauler. Check garage sales for them. I have even used those cheap roll up sleds for kids. They pack easier but are a little bit of a pain to manipulate. Once underneath a deer they make for easy dragging.

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