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Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Northampton County
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.