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Has anyone ever put wheels on a ladder stand for use as a stand and deer, gear carrier? I will be doing it for next season.
Never heard of it. But sounds like a helluva idea. The game carts we looked at all had narrow tires on them. We were wanting to build a game cart with fat tires, hoping they would pull easier thru soft ground.
It's actually a pretty good idea....
Wa couple guys I hunt with on public do that. Works pretty well for them.
Hawk Crawler ... after this seasons experience with trying to get my buck out, I bought a sled and a Hawk Crawler cart ... the big Doe I killed was a 1 1/8 mile cart to get her back to the SUV, it was a breeze with the Hawk Crawler compared to my old cart, which collapsed with the buck .... now with it and the sled, I'm ready as I hunt by myself, and these two items will make recoveries so much easier ... ..... it folds up easily to fit in the back of the SUV and the fat tires articulate to go over logs, rocks branches ..... I should have got this Hawk years back..
Jeff.... I really don’t need one of those.... I hunt private land and can get my quad close to any deer I kill..... But after seeing that Hawk Crawler after you posted it..... I think I gotta have one. That is the bad ass cart of deer carts. Anyone looking at carts should look at their videos. Nothing else on the market comes close.
it can be used to haul wood, stands, gardening accessories, etc. .... I really like it and am glad I got it, it will be the last cart I'll ever buy ..
Biggest issue would be taking g down the stand to haul a deer. Assumes a single deer state.
I have a deer cart that we use to haul in multiple stands, including a ladder. Either leave in the truck or bring in near the stand when hunting
That Hawk Crawler looks nifty. A couple of reviews I looked at said the wheels need another washer or two for spacing and it hangs up easily if you have to drag thru tight areas such as a bunch of jack pines....which we have alot of up north. Any cart will do that though. I think the Hawk dual wheels idea on a Muddy Work Horse would be slick....if you can find one. I got mine on clearance a couple of years ago....I don't think they make them anymore. I used mine in October toting out an antelope and it worked great. I like the basket on the Muddy's....it keeps the object centered inside without falling out.
Yes, and I saw one at the deer show several years ago............... I bought a deer cart that was similar, but do not have it here, at this house to show you. It was made by a pipe fitter, who use to sell them.
The idea of his design, was that as you carried your deer, you never had to bend down at an angle, and it carried the weight well. It was a axle free design, with small bike tires,, that attached to the carrier, with angle irons and wing nuts. that way those could be taken off and the wheels fold in for transport in a vehicle if you wanted.
The cart itself was a small ladder stand, that separated by pins, maybe its 12 inches wide. It has lots of hook areas welded on the sides, for use. Its great for wheeling in kayaks, to tents, to deer etc. Light and strong.
It was designed to be used for mule deer in Wy. the rancher did not allow ATV for animal retrieve, so it was designed to get over the sage brush etc........................
He actually made one version, that could convert to a 10 foot tree stand, but I do not think it went over well.................... I have had mine now for over 15years.... Wish he still made them
You could put a 300lb load on it, and lift it with 4 fingers,,,,, it was all physics in the design,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
I too seem to remember a ladder stand with wheels that was on the market some years back?? For a cart, that Hawk looks pretty good. I have a two wheel cart from Cabela's that I haven't used for years. Since I've become less mobile, my brother has fixed up a trailer for his 4wheeler to haul my fat butt, blinds and stands. Usually set up close to fields or 4wheeler trails.
No more pulling and dragging for me.
JL, yea, I'm going to add a few washers for next season to move the wheel bar out a tad from the frame, it still worked as it should .. nice cart easy to roll
The boy could pull it by himself too!
The boy could pull it by himself too!
I have the hawk cart and I love it. It makes retrieval through our tamarack swamp so much easier. The wheels pull over the bogs quite easily. I even hauled two deer in it at the same ti e last year. You have to make sure you strap them in.
^...that was one of the things I was wondering about with the Hawk....whether you have to strap the animal in? I didn't with Muddy toting the antelope and that was just under a 2 mile tote over rough terrain. The tandem wheels idea does have me very curious though.
I only strap them in when going through real rough terrain like the boggy swamp.
Nice cart JTV. Wondering why a cart hasn’t been made yet, that’s motorized. I see them on golf courses used by guys that walk the course but don’t want to carry their golf bags.
BC173 ... those are called ATV's ... lol
They make a motorized game cart. Saw it at our local bow shop. I don’t see a market for it. It’s huge and looks like a pain in the ass. At that point if you can’t get an atv to it...just quarter it up and walk out.
I like this cart, and like mine that I have,,,, however I always cut up my deer and put it on the cart,,,, a hell of lot easier,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, never understand why you need to put a whole deer on the cart??????????????????? am I missing something
I've had the Crawler for a couple years now and love it. I just strap my buck or doe down to it and it goes over pretty much everything except really big logs. Also use it to carry my hangon and ladder stands. Some of them I set up over a mile from where I park my truck. The Crawler is awesome.
I have two ladder stand with 8" wheels on them for that purpose. Its a great idea just don't work where I have them set up. (Way to rough for rolling)
I am still torn between a sled and the hawk crawler and have used both. The crawler is a bit easier than my jet sled on flat, often muddy ground. Sled is easier on snow. Hard to tell which is better going uphill. Both are easy going downhill.
^^ I will use both and they both have their place ... if it is a swampy/marshy area, I can use the sled to get the deer to more solid ground, then use the Hawk ... if it is snow, the sled shines ..... solid ground/trails/woods/leaves, no snow, etc I'll use the Hawk
"never understand why you need to put a whole deer on the cart??????????????????? am I missing something" Some states you cannot quarter a deer in the field, or until it gets checked in so you have to leave it whole
Where I hunt, you can't use anything but your feet to get in and out. I go in almost 2 miles to hunt. At 73, I can't drag a deer that far by my self. Stands have to be remover every 72 hours. Then you can put them up for another 72 hrs.
Going to use these 20 " no flat wheels.
White Falcon,,,, forgot about that,,,, rules like that you should get changed,,, they are archaic,,,,,,,,,,
Should have all my parts by Friday!
" ...rules like that you should get changed,,, they are archaic,,,,,,,,,,"
X100! Folks need to take back control of the regs from micro-managing DNR/F&G Depts.
Put your stand ,deer bait or take the garbage out ! I have made about 20 of them for friends
How does it work in the snow?
You pull the pin and the wheels and axles will come off . It drags over walls and dead falls , and when you put it the back of your truck you can fill it up so you don’t take any room up I have a set of ramps so I can pull the deer up in to my truck by myself , getting to old to get it in by myself
Cool steve…. Can I ask where'd you get the hardware for the axles?
McMaster Carr 5/8 6061 alu 3 ft long and I cut them down drill for cottor pins
Really old Warren and Sweat aluminum cart. I swapped out the original tires for some knobby bike tires.
Will finish in the morning and get some pics of my ladder stand cart combo.
I was asked for some pictures of my cart you would have to stop the axles from turning even thought the wheels have bearing and silicone them to make it water proof
The walls are Double plated
I also put a handle on the rope To make it easier for two people to pull
Nice work Steve and thanks for the pics!
Just need to paint parts and cut threads on u bolts down. Very easy to pull with 20 inch tires. Can hall all three sections. Step can be folded if flat area is needed.
Ive seen stands like that on some of our state areas, I cant imagine dragging that thing in and out on on a daily basis.... the ones Ive seen are left up for the season and chained to the tree/mostly by gun hunters, but some bowhunters/crossgun shooters use 'em, they stick out like a sore thumb ... I hunt a state area, and within that area a section where stands can NOT be left up 'unattended' so you pack it in and out every hunt ... that means using a climber, Portable/sticks or a Butt sling ... no screw in steps either, thus I use my LW/4LW sticks ...... I like that idea, no one hogs up an area filling it with stands, it always looks 'fresh' and undisturbed....I have 40 stand locations I can hunt on two state areas that have the no stands left up rules .. I wish there were more state areas like that ....
JTV, where I go, I am the only one who hunts there. Very thick cover and limited shooting lanes. This is NOT hard to pull and with 20 inch wheels doesn't get tangled up. The trails going in are very good. I only have to go into the thick part a short ways. At 73, I need the best way for me to hunt! To each his own ! Have a great season!
I know it's irrevelant but I made a lift/boom for my Honda Pioneer 1000-5 to lift and transport deer. I just drag them where I can hook them up, winch off the ground and drive away. I can also dress them out without bending over.
I’m impressed that a 70+ yo can not only stand a ladder stand up that is 3 sections tall, but can strap it and climb up and strap the top.
Good job on the stand and color me impressed on the put up and take down.
First is line mans belt, ladder stand ratchet strapped to tree at ground level then at top while putting up a HSS safety system line. Depends # of sections I use.
White falcon I use to use them hitch pins but they get caught in the thick stuff and pull out you I use cotter pins or collars
I use them so I can easily detach the wheels when I put the stand up. I have extras!
We use to put wheels on ladder stands all the time. Solid tires, steel axle, hitch pins on each end with big washers. used ratchet straps to hold it together. Pile gear on to walk in and not get sweated up. Pile deer on for the trip out. Easier with two guys but did it many times with myself. I don't have pictures.
Same setup as White Falcon but just use a ratchet strap to hold the axle on.
Flip it over, move axle to end of red arrows and ratchet it down. Footrest holds gear from sliding off and curved seat allows partner to walk behind and push.
With step down, or up things stay where the are strapped. But thanks for the idea. Didn't want to fool with straps on the axle, wanted it more permanent.
The real mystery to me is trying to figure out how the deer have changed in the last 20 years that makes them so much harder to extract from the woods than they used to be it must be some evolutionary condition
I know the answer to that!!!! I was 53 years old 20 yrs ago, and had good legs and all my muscles strength!
Smarter not harder Bou. They deer will get out of the bush one way or another. I just no longer spend a half day doing it.