I've never killed a bear. I just sold my four wheeler too. So how do you drag a bear out of the woods most efficiently. Do you guys have a special drag sled? If so, do you have a link to where I could purchase one?
I use a sled like an Otter brand ( small). Hard plastic with sides a foot or so high. Mine is reinforced with 2"x2"'s under the rim and eye bolts (8) through the 2"x2" 's. I run a rope through the eye bolts over the top of the bear. When the sled tips over going on a hill or through brush, I don't have to load the bear back into the sled over and over again. The sled is great in water because it floats. You might want a come-along for tough spots. I use the sled for hauling bait too. It saves a lot of hard dragging, but it still gives you a workout if the bear is a big one.
Hunt with a bunch of strong friends
The slead thing has always held merit with me but I have never done it. Seems to me you need to be hunting withing easy acces to a car or truck. Where I hunt bears in the Northern Mts of NY I might be up to 8 miles through some rough country to my vehicle. Carrying a plastic sled while hunting is not an option. My 2 options are to drag W/O a sled (kind of like dragging a big garbage bag of jello through the woods) (this is where the big strong, maybe not so smart friends come in handy ) or like Billythekidrock says "packboard". Quarter it and carry it.
If you start getting into a decent sized bear, say 250# or so, you won't be dragging it very far, field dressed or not. Biggest problem is tying a rope to the feet and head that won't pull free when it gets hung up. Best to plan on caping the animal out, roll that into a bundle and carry it out. Quarter the meat.
If you have a friend along, then you could try tying the critter to a pole and carry it over your shoulders but again, anything of any size, you've gotta go with a larger, heavier dry pole which adds to your overall weight.
Thats why I like grouse hunting.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...