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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-16-2011, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Deer Cart

I have thought about buying one.

Anyone build one?

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-16-2011, 10:33 PM
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Re: Deer Cart

We had one that we built years ago and it got stolen so we invested in one from cabelas having the old one stolen was the best thing ever it was heavy and noisy. With the price of carts today it isn't worth building one. Save yourself the time and just buy one.
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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-16-2011, 11:33 PM
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Re: Deer Cart

I took one of those big wheel lawn carts and added another set of wheels to it.
Now I have a box on wheels that rolls incredibly well on trails.
However, off the trails, it's a pain in the woods.
I use a large plastic toboggan that works just great.

Use the tobaggon to the the trail and then put it and the deer in the cart.
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-17-2011, 04:07 PM
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ya i built one. i used the wheels off of one of those big wheel mowers and some 1" aluminum conduit. built the frame out of that and then used that orange plastic snow fence to make a basket of sorts for the deer. it works good on trails but not in the woods with logs and rocks. its a bit too top heavy when it has a deer in it but its better than a long drag anyday.

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I broke down and purchased one from Gander Mountain last year for about $100. Lightweight and fairly quiet. I have a 1.5 mile hike in, not too bad on the way in...but it was quite a different story on the way out w/ deer, rifle, pack and climber Best purchase in a long while for sure!!!

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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-19-2011, 01:30 AM
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I bought one of the Ameristep Back-packable game carts from Cabela's. My drag is 2 miles....done it several times, but I ain't getting any younger!

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Finding the ight wheels for them is the hard part. The bigger the wheels the better. I was going to build one until I priced the wheels. They were close to $40.00 each for a 24 inch solid tire wheel. I bought one for $125.00 13 years ago from Cabelas. The most deer I have had on it at one time was 3. I use mine for more than just hauling deer. It is great for hauling decoys I have pulled it through water that was for feet deep. I have used it to haul firewood. I need to replace mine now. The wheels are shot, as has been said pulling them over logs is not good and will ruin the wheels. My next one will have the double wheels.
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-20-2011, 03:44 PM
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Finding the right wheels is definitely the biggest hurdle. After carrying the Cabela's cart for 4 miles (2 miles in, 2 miles out) the weight of those wheels is sorely felt today!

I realize the ideal outcome would have been to be hauling something out with the cart, but there will be days you come home empty handed.

If I can find a lighter tire, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't mind coughing up a few bucks for them.

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I found a Wheelchair with solid spoked wheels that was being thrown away. Haven't installed them yet, but I intend to but them on a aluminum framed surf-fishing cart. Looks very solid, and the wheel chairs are built for fat folks and with a considerable amount of overengineering.
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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-20-2011, 10:17 PM
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The tires that come with the Ameristep cart are about 2" thick! I have no idea why they needed to make solid rubber tires that thick. I would have though that half of that would have been sufficient.

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