I’ve got an Honda foreman that I use alot for deer hunting. Some of my areas I park the truck and ride the quad a couple miles to get to. I hunt a lot alone and finding help isn’t an option as I am two hours from home and about ten miles from the nearest house. In the past I would wrestle the animals up on the front rack and tie it on. Now I have some severe back problems which will require surgery in the future. I can’t wrestle the deer on the atv anymore. Any body have any suggestions on how I can load up a deer without to much physical strain on my body? Has anybody ever used their atv winch and pulley off some sort to do this? I’m open to all suggestions.
Location: At the pound looking for a Dawg....I’ve done it a lot of different ways, and they all are a pain. What I do now is tie on one of those cheap plastic sleds. I just throw the deer on it, strap him down and drag him to the truck. Works great for me….The end is near....Never thought of that. Seems simple enough. If the sled holds up I should be ok. Luckily in the past I always had help when I killed a big one. Now I can’t lift or drag a small one. Looks like I’m in the market for a sled. Thanks I like the idea of not lifting anything.I can’t seam to find it but I have seen a rack that hooks to the front of the ATV. You slide the deer on and use the winch to lift it on to the front rack. A few years ago I saw a drawbar for a 2 wheel deer cart so you could hook it to an ATV but can’t find it ether.
I hate to say this but I think I’m going to try Larry’s idea.
Location: LouisianaThe sleds work great. We use them ALL the time in South Louisiana for rice field duck hunting… they go over roads, water, rocks, mud, anything… we mainly use them to haul decoys in and out but they will definitely haul a deer very easily…
Another options is one of those deer lifts that are made for 4 wheelers. Do a google search for ATV Deer Loaders and I’m sure you will find some of the commercially available loaders.
Location: Van Wert County, OhioI’ve seen the sled trick used a few times. Works great!Best idea I have heard was the plastic sled and I saw one used bear hunting several years back now. It slides over all sorts of brush and crap without much effort.
Location: Southern IndianaWe have a wagon that we pull behind the atv. It works great!!! I thought I would have problems with it wanting to turn over, but I have had it in some tight places, and so far so good.Z9, Extreme Outdoors, AdjuStabilizer, Rage, John 3:16
Joined: 7/21/2004Something like this should work: http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/great-day-the-power-loader.aspx?a=223728
Sled would be easier; less costly.
Thinking out of the box:
If you have a block and tackle, you can chain the block to a tree high enough (stand on the ATV to get the height) and use the ATV’s winch to lift the critter (using a gambrel) to clear the front rack and use the winch to let the animal down on the ATV rack. You still have to pull the beast around to lay it on the rack but the winch will handle most of the weight.You will have to pull up closer to the tree while working the winch to load. Sounds crazy but works.
Bolting a roller with side guides to the front bumper above the winch will keep the cable from cutting into the front of the ATV and guides the lift vertically.
You only need to carry a gambrel, snatch block and a 6ft or more of adequate weight chain. I always carry that stuff in my rear atv box anyway.As an added bonus, gutting a deer while it is vertical makes gravity work for you. Head lights or better yet a spot light make the work easy in the dark.
Of course, if you have no trees . . .
I’ve used tarps as sleds. In my younger days I once pulled three deer 1/2 mile (downhill LOL) by myself in a snow storm. Amazing what you can do with some rope (and/or a good tarp). Almost got run over by the deer in the tarp!
Something I’ll never forget LOL.I’ve read up on how some people tie a pulley to a tree truck and drag the deer up. Then they have most of the deer up off the ground which makes getting it on the front rack easier. While that would be easier I could see how I could get into a bad situation quick if something gave way. The sled idea or wagon would also help me gather firewood. I appreciate all of the good ideas.
Joined: 7/21/2004One more idea:
Hand winch : http://www.harborfreight.com/1200-lb-capacity-strap-winch-65115.html
Hitch hauler: http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-ATVUTV-Hitch-Haul8482/728915.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dhitch%2Bhauler%26x%3D0%26y%3D0%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts&Ntt=hitch+hauler&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products
Two boards to make a ramp.
Mount winch to back of ATV – lay boards as ramp to hutch hauler. Attach deer to winch with web harness and pull onto hauler
Better than wagon or sled – can back up easily. Hauler can move firewood etc and winch can be used to pull atv from behind
Location: LouisianaAnother thing my dad has turned to the past few years… he just ties a rope around the back legs and ball on his 4 wheeler and drags the deer back to his camp… HAHA… ruins the hide on the side he drags it on but he doesnt tan the hides anyway so nothing lost there.
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