The Go-Kart doe.

Kirk

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Many, many years ago before I bought my first ATV, I needed a way to get back to a hunting area I had found. We were not allowed to drive our vehicles past the parking area. We could use "an ATV or similar vehicle." I had found a really good looking area about a mile up a logging road on the lease I was on. I tried to borrow a "four wheeler" and couldn't get one. I was out in my storage shed and saw the kids go-kart and my problem was solved. When Muzzleloader season started I had to work opening morning and finally got to go that afternoon. I loaded up the go-kart on my trailer and hauled it to the lease. I will admit I got some odd looks and smart comments from the other guys when they saw it.

I unloaded it, grabbed my Muzzle loader and backpack and rode up the long road. I found out quickly that this go-kart was not built for rough terrain. My back was taking a beating. When I arrived at my spot my back was killing me. I limped out in the pine thicket and found my spot. I had only been sitting there for 30 minutes or less. A big doe and a couple of smaller deer came walking up. I let the smoke roll and saw the big doe take off and fall about 30 yards from where I shot her. I dressed her out and made the short drag back to the logging road. Walked down to the go-kart and drove it up the doe.

I noticed a big problem immediately. The doe was as big as the go-kart. We both wouldn't fit. If I dragged her down that road with all the gullies and rocks, he would have been a bloody mess. I thought for a few minutes and decided to make a litter out of pine limbs and tie it to the go-kart. I built it, threw her on it and took off. It worked well for about the first 400 yards until she fell off going across some washed out places. I got off, loaded her back on and took off. Repeated this process several times and finally got her back to the truck as it was getting dark. Amazingly she was still in good shape. Loaded everything up and was about to leave when one of the older lease members walked up. He just looked at me, laughed and shook his head. I never did use that go-kart for hunting again.

I bought an ATV the next year.
 

Omega

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Sometimes you have to use what you have. When I was first stationed at Fort Bragg, I had to use my Trans-Am to hunt, worked ok for a couple years as the firebreaks were well maintained, but it only took once for me to get stuck in the sand to get to looking for a truck.
 

BSK

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Reminds me of the days before I had an ATV, and we used those horrible game carts. Their fine for flat ground, but steep hills? Um, no! Who didn't think of building a ratchet system into the axle so they wouldn't roll back down hill much faster than they can be pulled up hill? And the track was so narrow they turned over going through the slightest runnel.
 

sgtwebb1

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And for what it's worth, years ago I used to have an old Ford Escort, and I piled many a gutted deer into the hatch of that little car. Used to drive it right down the dirt logging roads up to the deer.
Thank goodness it was red. :D
 

Union Co. Boy

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It was better than dragging! I've driven home through Maynardville back in the day with deer tied across the trunk deck of my 1990 Camaro! Used the spoiler to help hold them on. I'll admit, I got a few weird stares and more than a few guys laughing with a thumbs up! You can't stop a redneck from having a good time!
 

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Got a picture somw where of a little 6 point in the trunk of a cherry 72 chevelle Supersport. Also pulled one out with a trail 90 honda one time, ole life was simple then, miss the days of just hunting.
 

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