Game cart vs. Game sled

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Game cart vs. Game sled

I am wondeering if anyone that has used a game cart and/or game sled could give me some pros and cons on them. I have dragged deer for many years and have wondered if these carts or sleds help much at all.

Thanks for your input.

Have safe and successful Season.

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They help a LOT. Roll-up sleds (plastic tobogans) with ropes added along the edges can be carried on your back, while you have to walk back to the vehicle to get the cart or rigid sled...I've used all 3. The carts are worth the extra walk if you want to take the time, and they can be an absolute life saver in some difficult retrieves, especially going up hills. The roll up sleds tend to have the deer slip off sideways unless they strapped down very well, but the sleds slide across dry grass much easier than a hide. The big drawback of the cart is having room to haul and store one.

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Cart works best dry short grass/hills and dirt fields
Sled works great with snow on the ground or wet conditions

wouldn't be bad to own both just in case


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Cart is nice as long as there isn't heavy cover to go through or snow.  Have to walk back to vehicle to get it.  A tarp and a rope work pretty well and can be carried in a pack so only one trip.   If I hunted somewhere I was a long ways from a road, I think I'd invest in a good pack and pack it out.

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Carts work great

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We use cart in the badlands and it wooks great no troubles at all even in heavy sage brush, you can get plastic shields for the inside of the wheels to keep the grass and sage brush out, but very easy to get deer out. On the down fall is very heavy to pack in so alot of extra walking to and from vehicle to retrieve game.

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I am a huge fan of the deer cart! Hauled my bow mule deer and my friends with it this year.  It worked really slick not to mention his mule deer was one of the biggest bodied deer i have seen.  The only problem i have heard of with them is that if you are going to put 2 deer or an elk on one the wheels will bow out.

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We used a cart last time we went mule deer hunting deep into the hills and it was a godsend in order to get the game out.  We quartered the animal and cut the head/cape off and put everything on the cart and wheeled it out without breaking our backs(you can't use a 4 wheeler on National Grassland anymore and it will go where a wheeler can't).  As mentioned earlier, it is a pain to go to the truck to get it though.  I have never used a good pack, but that might be good since you could wear it going in.

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Horses are the absolute best - I ride mine in to hunt and haul the deer carcass out. The tarp is actually one of the better options if horses aren't available to you. They are cheap - less than $10 and you can lash them around the animal so the animal doesn't flop out. They fold down to the size of a newspaper in the day pack along with enough rope to drag back out.

Good luck this season and be safe!

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just wait til they get close to the road before you shoot. easy retrieval.

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Game cart if there is no snow and a sled if there is. Carts do a man wonders. worth every penny. make sure you get the one with puncture proof tires

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I like the cart here in Nebraska, as we don't fight as much snow as you do. Also I strap my blind, food, chair and weapon on it as I go in light, and hopefully add a deer on the way out. That way I'm not making an extra trip in and out. 

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i own both, cart with no snow, sled with snow.  trick to buying a cart is making sure u get a wide wheel base and that the cargo sits between the wheels not on top of the wheels.  my dad had bought one the was a narrow wheel base and the deer kind of sat on top of the wheels and it wanted to tip over on hills.  cart is definitely worth the $$.


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spooklive Said:
If I hunted somewhere I was a long ways from a road, I think I'd invest in a good pack and pack it out.

That'd be the easy way.

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I skinned,quartered, boned and packed out my last muley with a good frame pack.  This was so much easier than dragging it out.  I probably will never drag another one unless close to the road.

 

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I've helped a guy I work with go in and out several times with his home made game cart.   He is somewhat handicapped.   He has built one much like the ones you can buy however he has wired it to use two motorized wheel chair motors.  So his is motorized and it is the real cats meow.   Works great.   He harvests me a deer every fall, thus I'll go in and help him get it out if it is way back in the bush.  

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To each their own on whether they want to retrieve the gutted deer or pack out just the meat IMHO.   Both have their advantages.

Speaking of that, carts and sleds each have advantages as well.  I've had a sled since 2003 and a couple of different carts since 2005.  Sleds don't have to be anything fancy, my favorite is the lime green $20 version that is about 6 ft long, rigid, and has rope running the entire perimeter.  You can really snug a deer up in that and across wet grass, snow, mud, or rocks she pulls fairly easy.

I also have a cart now that is collapsible into a backpack frame.  Tis a bit too heavy and cumbersome to want to pack around all day while hunting and like the sled, I may hike it in to a point that it cuts down on my walk back to the truck.  Gotta find a good spot to hide it if you plan on doing that though.  Never know who may stumble across it if you leave it out in the open.

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A decent sized day-pack can handle most boned out deer.  I would think that deep ravines and washouts would make sleds and carts difficult in such terrain, but would work well in flat or rolling country.  In a pinch, I've fit two boned out deer in my day pack.  Another technique I use for elk is to carry gallon or larger zip-lock bags and fit as much in my daypack as possible.  On my return trip, I use a frame pack...

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Hold_High Said:
A decent sized day-pack can handle most boned out deer.  I would think that deep ravines and washouts would make sleds and carts difficult in such terrain, but would work well in flat or rolling country.  In a pinch, I've fit two boned out deer in my day pack.  Another technique I use for elk is to carry gallon or larger zip-lock bags and fit as much in my daypack as possible.  On my return trip, I use a frame pack...

I have used both in some pretty rough country.  The sled is better for really rough terrain.  I believe we have kind of reached the general conclusion that boning out of a deer in ND may not be in the strictest compliance with the regs.  Closest I have come to not retrieving the full carcass was when I did the gutless quartering of an elk.  The leaving of the rib cage and spine in the field makes me wonder now if I wasn't slightly opening the door to getting a ticket.

Oh well, statute of limitations can be your friend.

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I prefer a horse. Makes life so much easier.

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Allen Said:
Closest I have come to not retrieving the full carcass was when I did the gutless quartering of an elk.  The leaving of the rib cage and spine in the field makes me wonder now if I wasn't slightly opening the door to getting a ticket.

Oh well, statute of limitations can be your friend.

If you tag immediately and correctly, pack out the head/hide, all 4 quarters, backstraps and tenderloins it's hard to imagine getting a ticket.  I guess it's possible but I think unlikely unless something else about the hunt was suspect.

Might be a fair idea to have a camera in your pocket (good idea anyway for pics in the field) and snap a few frames of what you leave behind should you be concerned that the pack-out method isn't letter of the law.  Gotta think that pics of nothing more than leg bones and a ribcage left afield is clear enough that you didn't waste any.

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Old pillow cases make good game bags.  I'd stay away from plastic bags with warm meat.

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