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navigating a stream / getting a deer across

I have an opportunity and a challenge. I can get access to a spot that no-one is willing/able to hunt. It is due to a stream that needs to be crossed to get from the parking to the hunting area. The stream is definitely over knee high boot level but almost surely at a level that can be waded across with chest waders.

I need to do 2 things
(1) cross over with my gear and keep dry.

(2) cross back and bring back a deer carcass without having it swim with the fishes.

So, with this info, I am formulating a plan to get set up before next Monday. I have not used chest waders. This week is a good time to get them. Since I am getting them, they would only be used to cross the stream (and then as secondary duty, for goose hunting).

What do you use when crossing streams? Any type of poles to gauge depth? Anything else I am missing? Any recommendations.

Also, when I do bag some deer, I have the challenge of getting them back across the stream to my pickup truck. What on earth could I put in my short bed pickup truck that will float a deer carcass across a 20' wide stream that is at least 2' deep? I am thinking kayak, maybe a float tube, a big inner tube. Just spitballing here, but I would like to hear from somebody who has already done this.

If I can crack these issues, I should have some good deer hunting through all deer seasons.

All input on how to help me solve the stream crossing issues are appreciated.
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Re: navigating a stream / getting a deer across

I scouted the area (from a different access point that is forbidden from parking or dragging out a deer). It looks like there are some climbing trees and some areas for hanging stands.

I would either lock my climber to a tree and/or set up some sticks for a hang-on or tree saddle setup.
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Re: navigating a stream / getting a deer across

how far from paking area is the stream?
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Re: navigating a stream / getting a deer across

literally, only about 50 - 80 yards and it is on a power/gas line clearing area. It is mushy and swampy, but no big trees to navigate around.
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Re: navigating a stream / getting a deer across

Get a very long rope. Tie one end to the deer on the bank. Walk across to the opposite side with the rope. Tie off the rope to a tree. Pull the deer into the water and the current will float it over to your side of the creek.




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Re: navigating a stream / getting a deer across

Then from stream to hunting could be anywhere from 400 yards to a long distance. However, the 400 - 1000 yards is prime spot with mega deer runs going through it surrounded by housing and hotels. And no-one hunts it due to the pain to cross the stream.

It is all legit. I have legal access, along with a specific group of others, but they can get good spots that are easier to get to. I could too, but then I will be in a crowd with them. In fact, I hunted at one of those locations today, but another stand was about 125 yards away.
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Re: navigating a stream / getting a deer across

very similar to my thoughts!
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Re: navigating a stream / getting a deer across

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Get a very long rope. Tie one end to the deer on the bank. Walk across to the opposite side with the rope. Tie off the rope to a tree. Pull the deer into the water and the current will float it over to your side of the creek.
Great thought. I tend to overcomplicate things. Good idea.
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Re: navigating a stream / getting a deer across

did you watch the Punkin Chunkin show this weekend on Discovery? plenty of ideas there!



seriously though, according to this site.. deer do float when dead. so just tie a rope and drag across.

http://huntingindiana.proboards.com/...ad=1440&page=1
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Re: navigating a stream / getting a deer across

Done it. It works, except we were young and dumb and didn't tie it off to a tree. I highly recommend doing that. LOL



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