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Questions for Public Land hunters #2468842
04/25/18 08:10 AM
04/25/18 08:10 AM
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Madison County, AL
rolltidehunter Offline OP
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When you hunt public and walk far in and kill do y’all drag out or pack out.? I am thinking about starting to pack out. If y’all pack out what kind of pack or setup do y’all use to get deer out. Just curious. I got some spots on public that will take several hours to get a deer out but if I can pack out and save a lot of time and dragging it would better. I hunt alone on public so trying to get some info on how y’all pack out.

Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2468857
04/25/18 08:22 AM
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North AL
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Get a game cart.


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Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2468860
04/25/18 08:27 AM
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Alabama
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Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2468918
04/25/18 09:18 AM
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I like the Ovis game bags. They are a synthetic, lightweight material, but very strong. I have two sets and have used both multiple times. I think I'm on my 6th year with one set. I just soak the bloody ones in a 5 gallon bucket for a few days and then put in washing machine and hang dry.

Camofire puts them up a few times a month, so check in there. There are deer and elk sized. I prefer the bigger ones, even for deer. You can get them for around $40-45.

Those game bags will not keep your pack from getting bloody, so use garbage bags if you are worried about that. I just hose my pack out when I'm done. I like to let those quarters breath too, which I feel like is a problem with garbage bags.

Get a good pack and good boots. Get used to carrying a load. I packed a whole quartered deer in one trip last year. I hadn't done that in a long time and thought I'd try it again. Next time, I'll make two trips. shocked

I have a badlands 2200 pack. Its the older version. Its been a beast, fits me well. I'm thinking about upgrading but it hasn't let me down yet.


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Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2468936
04/25/18 09:34 AM
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Hartselle, AL
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I have a game cart, the standard variety you see in most magazines or sporting goods websites.

One guy I have seen take one of the 3 wheeled baby strollers with the larger type wheels made for jogging, hiking, etc, and he packs the deer into that thing and pushes it out. Claims it works better than the game carts, so go figure. I'm sure there are also other redneck inventions or alternatives out there as well.

Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2469016
04/25/18 10:43 AM
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Madison County, AL
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I hunt Skyline WMA mostly and game cart don’t work up there to good due to all the limestone rocks and deep ravines. Thanks for info guys.

Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2469027
04/25/18 10:53 AM
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Conyers, GA and Auburn, AL
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I do a little of both depending on where I am hunting.

Some of the land that I hunt has hills that make it a pain, and a game cart can sometimes make it harder as you have to keep it from rolling back down a hill you are working up. I have used a game cart, just plain drug them, and broken them down and packed them out.

Really just depends on the particular spot, the terrain and how far I am from the car. Also depends if I have someone else nearby that might be willing to help drag!

Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2469247
04/25/18 03:34 PM
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I bet I have hauled 100 deer off Lauderdale WMA with a wheel barrow. The wheel barrow works ten times better than the game cart. I have been hauling deer out this way since the late 70's and it works like a charm. You can thank me later.


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Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2469380
04/25/18 06:04 PM
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Tuscaloosa Co.
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Pack them out. Way easier than a game cart and don't waste your money on game bags unless you plan on leaving it hanging in the field over night. I use heavy duty trash bags and have never had an issue with them.

I have a Kifaru AMR that I've packed deer and elk with.


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Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2469387
04/25/18 06:10 PM
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Cloth (cotton) laundry bags with the tie cord at the top.

Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2469585
04/25/18 09:10 PM
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Alabama
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I used a cart and it helped half the way. Then drug it up the slopes with cart half the time. Gotta pick it up over logs. Thick leaves dont allow it to roll hardly.

I once shot a hog and it took me 3 hrs to drag it out 700yds. Wasnt even real steep. Me and another smaller man. Hog maybe weighed 180-200lbs at most. 688yds to truck said gps. The carts help a lot but not much on slopes. I have dragged all my stuff out. I wont shoot if im in a bad recovery area and dont have all day. I think a 2 wheel dolly with big wheels might work best. Strap it up right and tow it like a fridge.

I havent hunted the bad spots but will pack out into back pack and duffle bag. Meat in garbage bags.

If its warm i bring a long cooler to throw meat in fer the ride home. Ice at corner store. Then the real work begins at home cutting. I plan on making a processing area at home under a lean to or somethin. Stainless steel table too.

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Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2470173
04/26/18 12:36 PM
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Birmingham
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I pack mine out. I have a Mystery Ranch "Marshall" that I use to pack it out. Get yourself some quality game bags. I really, really, really like my "Caribou Gear" game bags. They are synthetic and don't keep any smells, etc. Also, they have a fine enough weave to keep dirt out and flies from laying eggs if you hang your meat.

I use the gutless method on most kills and get the hide off and the quarters cooled down. I can pretty much pack a whole deer / antelope out in one trip depending on what was in the pack to start with.

Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2471057
04/27/18 10:10 AM
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Owens Xrds
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Game cart attached to mountain bike


I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore I believe in work, hard work. -George Petrie (1945)
Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: AU338MAG] #2471226
04/27/18 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by AU338MAG
Get a game cart.


This


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Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2471249
04/27/18 01:49 PM
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I use a army Alice pack and line it with a garbage bag. I’ve done it with and without the pack frame and I prefer using the frame, it takes a lot of weight off of your shoulders.

Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: muddyfeet] #2471283
04/27/18 02:41 PM
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Lake View, AL
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Originally Posted by muddyfeet

Originally Posted by AU338MAG
Get a game cart.


This


Beware of unseen logs though...

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Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2471320
04/27/18 03:18 PM
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I've packed out a couple deer. I take a back pack to put the lions,and shoulders in and cut the spine in half at the waist leaving the skin and legs then throw em on my shoulders while holding legs. works for me.

Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2471346
04/27/18 03:57 PM
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Clanton, AL
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Game carts will work you death, worse than dragging a deer.
What you need is a game sled. I bought one from Cabela’s about 20 years ago.
It makes a 150# deer feel like a 20# turkey.
You can easily pull it over logs, through vines, and it slides through a swamp like a skiff.


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Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: Out back] #2471429
04/27/18 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Out back
Game carts will work you death, worse than dragging a deer.
What you need is a game sled. I bought one from Cabela’s about 20 years ago.
It makes a 150# deer feel like a 20# turkey.
You can easily pull it over logs, through vines, and it slides through a swamp like a skiff.


Agreed. I have one from when i hunted ducks out in CA. They make life SUPER easy. Also handy in the lawn.

Last edited by 7x57_Mauser; 04/27/18 05:45 PM.
Re: Questions for Public Land hunters [Re: rolltidehunter] #2471767
04/28/18 02:41 AM
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We got 2 of The Rack Packer at the deer expo. And it works a whole lot better than my regular cart. It has one small wheel on the back. So it slides across the logs easier than the big bicycle wheels on the cart. Plus it has a strap to go across you're chest to help pull.

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