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Found an old thread on here, but it seems like some of the recommendations are no longer sold. So, what brand does everyone recommend for deer carts.
 

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I like my aluminum cart from gander mountain. I put backpack straps on it to carry it in. Much nicer than wheeling it. I think I would prefer something with inflatable bike tires instead of the hard rubber tires that make everything rattle.
 

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i have a folding alum from cabelas. Its ok, better then no cart. Never use it anymore as i can use the 4 wheeler
 

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I have two from Gander Mountain. Both have the hard tires and metal rims/spokes. Since I never break them down, I removed all of the little clips that come with them and replaced them with regular bolts. They are ok, but only if you have a fairly clear path or trail to follow. Transporting them thru the woods with a deer on them is almost as much work as dragging, especially if there are a lot of fallen trees. Worth their weight in gold under the right circumstances, but very difficult to maneuver in thick cover. The ones that fold up would be great for packing in, but you still have to get them out if successful.
 

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My property is fairly steep but has 3 logging roads that run on flats around the hillside. I have gotten them cleaned out now so pulling a cart shouldn't be a problem. I wouldn't need to pack in as I would probably just walk back to camp to get it. I could take my Jd gator but for a weekend hunt I am thinking it might be a pain to trailer it down.
 

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Was even thinking about something like this. They are around $130 with 1200 lb capacity. The bed size is 40" X 25".

 

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I've had the Cabela's cart for about 10 years. It works great on trails but it's tough to use off trail and rocky uneven terrain. A jet sled works much better to pull a deer or bear out to a trail where a cart can be used for a longer haul.
I would be concerned about using a cart like the one pictured on uneven terrain. It looks like it would be top heavy when loaded with a deer or bear.
The top of the wheels on my deer cart are higher than the bed and stabilize the cart fairly well.
 

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I've had the Cabela's cart for about 10 years. It works great on trails but it's tough to use off trail and rocky uneven terrain. A jet sled works much better to pull a deer or bear out to a trail where a cart can be used for a longer haul.
I would be concerned about using a cart like the one pictured on uneven terrain. It looks like it would be top heavy when loaded with a deer or bear.
The top of the wheels on my deer cart are higher than the bed and stabilize the cart fairly well.
That is a great point. It would be top heavy unless I found one like that with the tires spread wider than the bed and the bed sat down in. Probably going to go the 2 wheel deer cart route.
 

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I like my Cabelas Mag Hauler. Got it on sale for $99. Not sure it's still made. I can tell you this, I'm pretty certain it's saved me from a heart attack.
 

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I have a Strong Built from BPS years ago. Steel one with the hard rubber, spoked wheels. I put foam pipe insulation on the handle, wrapped with friction tape. I think it works much easier pushed in front of you, than pulled behind. You still have to get them out to a trail/roadbed before using it. I destroyed all the old plastic toboggans we had in the attic, doing that. Those plastic wrap around ones last about 1 time. I have some skidder sheets, my son got me from his old warehouse job I want to try.
 

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Cspot- I own a versa cart which you noted is no longer made. The best tool for manual removal of a deer in my experiences other than the Versacart, was a simple wheel barrow with air filled tires- one of those 2 wheel jobs would work well. The issue would then be that its a PIA to move into the woods. Not compact to move around or folded up, but having used three different types/makes of cart, including the big Cabelas model the wheelbarrow came in second place. NOTHING comes close to the versacart. My 2 cents
 

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Well that is interesting tox. Whatever I use will be kept at camp until the deer is down. The logging roads that we are clearing out would make the farthest distance from camp about 1/2 mile or so. The wheel barrow or the wagon I posted above would probably serve more purposes.
 

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I guess it all depends on your terrain and physical condition. I have found at camp and the gamelands , a sled works well. Drags on leaves well, wet leaves even better and snow is easy pulling. Light weight , cheap and comes in many colors
as you can see. The hunting sleds are bigger and thicker plastic ,some with tie points. This was free kids sled, used a few times and works good. The roll up type plastic sleds work well too when you have to pack it in a few miles back in.
 

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RacksnQuacks said:
bohunr said:
That 2nd one looks like it would be really stable with the load that low.
I agree, except that the photo with the deer makes it look like it's not big enough. I think it would be better if some of the deer wasn't dragging on the ground:



Maybe the deer's legs could be tied up so they're not dragging. I'd like to see some testimonials from people who use it.

Steve.
 

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Hey i have a back pack model forget the brands but its good enough , so with that i just picked a lawn mower from the curb , it was a dud ,.So with that i was looking at the folding handles to push the mower . same design as i have. so i removed them and am going to finish the making into a cart wont to much fabbing. so in a pinch u can get creative with items you come across to aid in your outdoor adventures ..
 

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CURB ALERT never pass a plastic sled in the trash. as post above these are excelllant to drag deer . u can drill holes along the sides add tie downs. bam. your in business . invaluable to have in the truck or van .. i have them as welll portable carts, sleds, what ever it takes to save your butt.. make it, find it ,buy it ,but plan ahead do some thinking building a cart will be a great project from every day items at your feet bike tires . mower handle (FOLDING TYPE ) add black webbing straps along the sides to tie down and hold up to keep the deer from sliding off ... fabricate test and Be creative and thats a job well done feeling as welll plus you can get the kids involved etc...
 

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More ideas from curbside items . i never pass a set of metal bed frames rails and now have plenty.in the shed, these are solid steel angle iron , and again use your .imagination. i make ladder stands from these . awesome builds rock solid. i take a cut off wheel on a chop saw and remove all the feet and odd intems on the frames . to make straight rails then take it from there one set of frames gets you on your way all metal frames then a piece of 3/4 plywood stand base primed and painted . so with that u could make a cart from them as well and you can make it fold too. . bike tires or big wheel mower wheels (solid ones ) fab a axil . couple cross members some more webbing one inch or wider . i never pass those as well many items have the black nylon webbing . just start collecting and save them in a box to have on hand for projects . seat belts in junk cars plenty strap there etc... sports equipment luggage bags , soft carry bags . cut off the strapping to use for your builds
 
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