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Harvesting After Shot

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Sorry guys but i gotta be that new guy that asks random dumb questions...Going to be bow hunting for the 2015 season (maybe even Jan this year) which i am new to,in addition to that, i will be hunting on wma land which is also new to me as i used to hunt on private land. Im good on everything but one question plaques my mind...how am i going to drag the deer back with my backpack,tree stand, and bow?
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Dragging Deer
If you are hunting alone, you will have to make two trips or alternate carrying gear then dragging deer twenty or thirty yards each until you reach yiour truck. Some management areas allow atv to retrieve deer but I don't think you can have gun while doing so. Check WMA regulations for details.
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dragging deer
My biggest concern is leaving equipment or my freshly harvested deer to the mercy of other hunters...part of public hunting I suppose. I wonder if anyone has ever had their deer stolen after they tagged it??? I know Hunter etiquette and respect still exist but there is always that one A hole that ruins the whole experience
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cable and lock
one thing you could do is bring a cable and lock , lock the stand to a tree , drag the deer and carry your bow ----- I would take the deer first trip as I never lost one like that but left one one time and when I got back it had 5,000 ants all over it , where I live if you left it the coyotes would be on it fast
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drag
do you carry your stand on your back? i use a climber and pretty sure most of them have back pack style carrying straps, i killed a deer and tied it to my stand and drug it behind me with my stand on my back, not sure how it would work with a heavier deer though, mine wasn't too big
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drag
yeah i suppose tying to the stand is an option,hadn't thought about that but you're right,bigger deer may be a challenge. I've seen the deer dragging harnesses at basspro and academy...may be worth looking into as well.
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Cart
I have a cart I leave in my boat, if I kill I go grab it out of my boat then load all my stuff on it and the deer.
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just me
I hunted for years with only my legs and back to get the deer out. Sometimes almost a mile. The way I did it was move my gear about 30 yards then slowly walk back to the deer. Then pull the deer to my gear. The move gear 30 yards and then the deer. Rinse and repeat.
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Re: Harvesting After Shot
• ATVs and motorcycles cannot be left overnight on WMAs eXcept on designated camping areas. ATV use prohibited from two hours after sunset to 4 a.m., eXcept raccoon hunters may use ATVs during nighttime raccoon take seasons only. ATVs are prohibited from March 1 - Aug. 31 eXcept squirrel hunters are allowed to use ATV trails during the spring squirrel season on the WMA and eXcept certain trails may be open during this time period to provide access for fishing or other purposes and some ATV trails will be open all year long on certain WMAs.
Hunters are allowed to retrieve their own downed deer and hogs with the aid of an ATV, eXcept on Atchafalaya Delta, Biloxi, Lake Boeuf, Pass-a-Loutre, Pointe-auxChenes, Salvador/Timken, Sherburne, and Thistlethwaite WMAs, under the following conditions:
1. No firearms or archery equipment is in possession of the retrieval party or on the ATV. 2. The retrieval party may consist of no more than one ATV and one helper. 3. ATVs may not be used to locate or search for wounded game or for any other purpose than retrieval of deer and hogs once they have been legally harvested and located. 4. UTVs may not be used to retrieve downed deer or hogs.
caution: many LDWf-maintained roadways on Wmas are unimproved and substandard. a maximum 20 mph speed limit is recommended for all land vehicles using these roads, unless specific signage otherwise allows or restricts.
liMited acceSS areaS (laa): Operation of internal combustion engines prohibited within designated area. Trolling motors may be used to access and navigate within a LAA.
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Re: Harvesting After Shot
Im 76 yrs old, and packed 3 out of the woods this year by myself!! If I can't pick it up and pack it, I tie it to my stand that has packing sholder straps with about 6 to 8ft of nylon line head or horns as close as I can get it and tow them out that way! Pulled one 205 pounder out of public land this year ! Im in fare health and have a knee I use a brace on so I think you will be surprised at what you can do if ya try !!
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Re: Harvesting After Shot
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Re: Harvesting After Shot
I keep a Dead Sled (2ft x 6ft sheeet vinyl) rolled up on my climber, utilizing it for storage of jacket & vest; only weighing in at 1-1/4 lbs, I don't hunt without it.

When I down a deer or hog, I don't have to go get a cart, it's already with me. After Field Dressing, the animal is laid on the vinyl and secured with paracord to the perimeter grommet holes. I fasten the sled to my Safety Harness and merely lean forward and walk, pausing about every 20-30 yards.

The climber can be stacked on the deer and pulled as well or pack on back while dragging (I don't leave anything behind), I've done it both ways. The sled makes all the difference in the world, taking nearly all of the friction out of the equation. I have actually drug a spike & a doe out (both field-dressed) at once, although I do not recommend it (nor will I likely do again); there's no point pushing yourself that hard.
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'Starking 'da Starkers'
peep-a-boo in 'da trees...just remember on public land if you leave anything behind for a second trip there is a high percentage it will be stolen...cheers ???
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