Best Way To Drag A Deer?

As exciting as it is getting the kill when deer hunting, the dreaded carrying of the deer out of the woods can be challenging for even the most seasoned hunter. Each hunter has their own method and equipment for transporting deer and game. Some hunters love to keep things simple and inexpensive, opting to be resourceful and create their own homemade haulers. There’s the obvious benefit of saving money when creating your own transporting option for deer, however, it can be very time consuming and you may just want to save yourself the time and effort by purchasing something instead.

There’s many different options to use for transporting your deer such as using a game cart, sled, golf buggy, ATV etc. Let’s have a look at the different options and what they can offer.  

Deer Cart

Lots of hunters laugh at game carts and class them as a complete waste of money. They can be more expensive that is true, however, they can be very good at transporting deer over rough terrain if a good deer cart model is purchased. Most game carts you’ll find are more than comfortable holding a full size deer and can fold away easily. These haulers are definitely worth considering if you’re looking to make a long-term investment. If you have the time and are willing to put in the effort then you can always create your own cart on the cheap at home.


ATVs are still a very popular option for dragging a deer, though the big issue is over the legality of their use. They’re great as you can simply attach your deer or game to the back of the ATV and drag it away. An ATV is designed to cope with rough terrain better than most other transporting options. As mentioned, the big reason why these all-terrain vehicles are not used as commonly is the fact they are band in a lot of hunting spots. After you’ve downed a deer you may decide to field dress it there and then, if so then an ATV option is great for swiftly getting your game out. Always check the legality of ATVs in your state.  


This is a cheap option for transporting your game that a lot of hunters like to use. Sleds can be a good option, but in terms of effectiveness they’re one of the poorer options on the list. Your average sled is not designed to be transporting a 150lbs+ buck. Typically the sleds are made from plastic and are just generally lower quality material than the other options. Also, if you’re having to trek over some rough terrain then you’re really going to struggle. The appeal with a sled is probably just the fact that they’re so cheap and simple.  

Which Option Suits You Best?

We listed 3 possible purchases for getting your deer out the woods above, each with their own pros and cons. If you’re looking for something that’s also going to be able to comfortably hold your hunting gear and is legal, then a deer cart may be the best option. If ATVs are legal in your area and you have the budget for one, then obviously this is a great choice. A sled is perfect if you’re on a budget and just want a cheap solution.

You can also get creative and build your own means of transport for game. There’s plenty of blogs and videos out there to give you some inspiration if you want to have a go making your own one. All you need to get you going is a spare tire, some metal, a bit of plastic and you can easily have your own personalized carry. It’s all just a matter of assessing the type of terrain you’ll have to haul over and what you’re willing to spend.

Whatever you do, don’t get caught out on your hunt. Have a reliable option in place for getting your deer or game out of the woods swiftly.

With all that being said, let me know if you guys do or do not use any of these methods mentioned above, and if not, then what you would recommend for transporting instead?

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Joined: 3/6/18

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Garfield's picture
Joined: 11/30/13

Two best ways,

First have a nephew who plays hockey at UND along.

Second was what happened years ago to me. Shot a big buck near Tolna. He dropped on a seldom used rail spurline. Along came a crew brush hogging the line with a train mounted mower on an arm. They loaded up my buck and took it to a crossing a mile west and dropped him into my truck bed.