10/26/2009-11/01/2009: Drag a deer!
Here is a workout we all hope to do this fall! There are many ways to skin this cat, and the workout is very dependent on the size of the deer, the distance, and the terrain you have to cover.
Clearly, this is something that we all want to make as easy as possible. The use of vehicles, sleds, or wheeled carts are great if possible, and I highly reccomend enlisting the aid of as many hunting partners as you can find. But we often face situations in which we have to go it alone or with minimal help. So this week's entry is both a workout and a hunters how to.
I (and Woolds Walker) personally endorse the following method when dragging a deer alone:
- 6' of sturdy rope or webbing in a closed loop
- 4-8' of sturdy rope or webbing
- 2-3' of light cord
- 1 carabineer
Roll your field dressed deer onto its back. Lift the front legs to the antlers (or neck) and secure them in place with the light cord. Take the heavy length of rope/webbing and secure one end to the antlers (or neck) and tie a loop in the opposite end about 2-3' from the deer's head. Finally, attach the carabineer to the loop you made, run the other piece of rope/webbing (already in a closed loop) through the carabineer to make shoulder straps. Now, get on your knees and slip your arms through the straps. Carefully stand up, lifting the deer's head off the ground. Lean into the straps and slowly walk your deer out. If you have a partner, have them lift the hind legs enough to take some weight off the haunches. Take lots of breaks and swich places often.
Here is a thread that will offer other ideas as well: http://forum.deeranddeerhunting.com/tm.aspx?m=55030