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I have thought about buying one.

Anyone build one?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Go to bike shops and yard sales for old wheels - may be a little bent, but you're not gonna pull it at 50 mph! And they're cheaper that way. Thought about trying to fill the tires with non-expanding foam to eliminate flats, but not sure how well it'll holdup. Maybe silicone??

I have some bike wheel/tires, and would like to build one w/ low enuf center of gravity to be stable, but with bigger wheels that will rollover obstacles better. A bit wider than normal too for wood and goose decoys, etc.
 

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An axle big enough to suport the load on a deer cart will be to big to fit in a bike tire rim. The axle on mine is 5/8's of an inch.
 

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after this year i'll be building one. i can't see a problem with logs if its designed right. the cart would need slides from the frame to low down near the wheels. like a good hand truck(not the 30 dollar wally world special). small sturdy tires and a low axle, holding everything low to the ground
 

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Stroupy said:
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.
Heck, that might be the first thing you ever posted that I agree with!


We made one a couple years ago out of PVC pipe and a couple bike tires. It worked, but was awkward. With todays prices, it's WAY easier to just buy one. Like others have said, they are GREAT if you have a path or trail, but are a pain to use thru the woods; especially if you have a deer on it. One more downside; if the snow is higher than the axle, it's actually HARDER to pull than dragging a deer.
I use a plastic kids sled in the snow, and it's by far my second favorite way to bring out a deer. (Having my son do it is my first).
 

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I used to drag out deer when I was younger. Anymore I use a cart. They say with age comes wisdom, I'm beginning to believe them. Buy one they are great in the woods and save your back! It's also nice that the cape or hide don't get messed up if your going to mount it.


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Thanks for the heads up Ron.

It worked out even better...On the one trip where a cart was an advantage, my buddy brought his cart (identical to Big28's cart) Didn't have to buy it or store it.
 

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arrowhead said:
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_13794_13794
Used these wheels on mine. I built the cart in a open V shape so that it would pull over logs easily. Wire spoked wheels didn't last one trip for me. A one wheeled cart is not fun...trust me!
Hmm....thanks for the link. I will have to see if those wheels will work with my cart. The listed shipping weight is 2lbs for each wheel. The ones that came with my cart weigh a whole lot more than 2lbs!
 
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