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Old 10-28-2013, 01:54 PM
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Getting your heavy deer into the truck

Ok guys & gals, what are your tricks for getting a heavy deer into the truck by yourself?

I've got a few methods, but am always looking for a better way.
Here are my two favorites. They take a minimum of inexpensive equipment and can be used almost anywhere.

#1 - The "Truck Back-up" method: Pull truck up to a tree. Tie rope about 8-feet high in tree, throw it over top of cab, down the bed, over the gate (down) and tie it to the deer. Back the truck up 6-inches at a time, jumping out to adjust the rope and deer as you inch backwards. Eventually you'll pull the deer up in the truck. Tricky, but it works.

#2 - The "Block and Tackle" method: Back up under a stout limb that's 10-12 feet off the ground. While standing in the truck bed throw a rope over the limb and rig your block and tackle. Pull truck forward, drag the deer under the limb and hoist it up high. Back truck up under the deer and lower him into the bed. Easier than #1 above.
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:08 PM
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Re: Getting your heavy deer into the truck

An 8 foot section of ladder works pretty well. Lay the deer (or bungy cord it down) on the ladder, pick one end of the ladder up and set on the tailgate. Pick up the other end and slide ladder and deer into the truck. The ladder lays in the back your truck out of the way until you need it. Also works well for getting a deer over a woven wire fence easily.

I learned this while hunting at my grampa's farm alone. I had a big buck to load and saw an old ladder leaning against his barn. Works like a charm!
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:02 PM
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Re: Getting your heavy deer into the truck

I'm just an average sized guy and all I do is tie a rope to the neck and stand in the bed and drag it in.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:52 PM
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Re: Getting your heavy deer into the truck

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An 8 foot section of ladder works pretty well.
That is smart. I will be using that tip for sure. I had a monster to load two years ago and used the "brute force method". The older I get, the poorer it works.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:57 PM
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Re: Getting your heavy deer into the truck

i cut mine in half . if it is bigger ( elk) i cut in into pieces i can lift.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:12 PM
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Re: Getting your heavy deer into the truck

Eat spinach like Popeye! Usually use the winch on the 4x4 for elk, our deer don't grow that big.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:08 AM
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Re: Getting your heavy deer into the truck

I just MAN it up there, I am able to do this for now. If I have my jeep and not my truck, its much easier to get them in the back end or on the rack.
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