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dragging a bear

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?

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Location: Northern Minnesota
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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.

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Location: Northern Minnesota
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One more thing on the sled, use a wood pole or closet rod 2 or 3 feet long with holes in the ends to run your tow rope through. Makes a big difference.

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Location: OlyWa
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Packboards and game carts.

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Hunt with a bunch of strong friends Thumbs up
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 Laugh ) or like Billythekidrock says "packboard". Quarter it and carry it.

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Location: ontario
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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.

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LOL Yea i love my grouse too. Nothing like a mornin ruffy.

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Location: OlyWa
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Make a bear burrito...

or use a cart...

or a packboard..

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Just get one of these big game retrieval crafts:

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lol.

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