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Well, I'm done
Yes this is a crazy ass addiction we have!!! Congrats!!!
Congrats Jeff. Sounds like your earned your venison!
Sweet man! Any more pics?
Good job. Congrats!!
a labor of love, suggest sled, have used both and a sled is a lot easier. My son burned his ice fishing tent sled up (a good story) and that sled has work very well he was going to trash it and I said no, comes in handy for different hauls.
Suggest forgetting game carts and sleds they will never be able to complete with a good backpack. Congrats on the great deer!
Congrats!!!! Awesome! Ya if it isn’t an easy drag I’m all for cutting and packing
Nice work Jeff! Turned 60 during my elk hunt this year, and I have been asking myself the same question lately. I've been putting in 4-6 miles/day wearing rubber boots while power scouting various Indiana public near me weekdays (if a lot is empty). And returning home dead to the world. But I can't quit. I've been so sore I can't go 2 consecutive days. Yesterday I busted a brute bedded in a marsh right on the edge of a pond, in a 30 wide yard funnel. This guy waited until I almost stepped on him to bust out of there. And he bolted right into the pond, making a huge ruckus splashing water for a long time escaping. Got me thinking if I shot one there, what kind of retrieval I may be in for!
Please post a better photo of the rack.
Grats Jeff. I'll second the request for more pics.
I'm really surprised he went 150 yards with a sheared aorta. He was one tough deer.
I'm with fubar. I don't drag deer long distances. I think it's a Western vs Eastern thing. If a deer is >100 yds from the road, I just break out an 8X10 foot tarp and bone them out on the spot. Has to be done eventually anyways.
Way to go Jeff! Congrats!!
Yeah, I am out West and I would bone it however in the east when I grew up in Maryland we had to ck them in at a checking station (Whole)
Congrats. It's a good thing it wasn't an elk.:)
Excellent Jeff, Congratulations!!!!!
Congrats JTV - beauty of a buck. You earned him more on the way out, than in the scouting and prep from the sounds of it!
Congrats man, sounds like you earned it. And yes this addiction is nuts. I'm sleeping in my back seat tonight at a public boat ramp so I can hunt a new farm I just got permission on in the morning.
Atta boy, Jeff! Great buck and great story.
Nice!! I guess I won’t order a deer cart!
Congrats, great public land buck! Shawn
After the swelling goes down :-) everything will look and feel better ! Congrats, that’s a heavy buck !
Oh, and you ain’t the only one that thanks God for Aleve.
Nice deer Jeff.... That kind of drag would kill me.
That was the first sled I bought, that thing was horrible. The slightest left or right lean and it will roll over. I drug one deer out of the woods with it and one through the snow then through it away. Got a really good ice fishing sled with deep sides.
Man is that neck ever swollen. Nice buck Jeff and thanks to the story.
Hardest working man with a bow. Congrats and well earned. Absolutely a trophy with all the hard effort you put in. Way to go.
And people think it’s easy! Well done!
Whitetail hunters always crack me up. 205 lb field dress.... of course it’s a pain to drag out WHOLE. Debone it and save your self the trouble. Try elk a few miles down a canyon, or a moose through a swamp then you can complain about a bad pack out ;)
Congratulations. Are you not allowed to skin and quarter deer? Much easier than a drag out. Even if you need 2 trips its much easier on the old body.
Congratulations on a nice buck JTV.