smaller trucks will get the job done. Wish I had a pick of this one but it was in the 2007 cow rifle hunt in unit 34 in southern NM, my daughter, son-in-law, and myself were driving on a road meeting a small Toyota a bought a mid 90s model with 3 guys in the front seat and 1 I thought on the cab, when we drove past he was on top of 4 cow elk dressed out. The pickup was down on its axles.
All I COULD SAY WAS GOOD JOB GUYS
I suppose it can be done, but why overload a vehicle if you shouldn't. I'd hate to have a tire blow or and axle damaged due to overload, especially on rough roads or off-road. I've seen smaller trucks like a Tacoma perform just fine for transporting elk out of camp, but that vehicle only had one or two occupants in it with all of our camping/hunting gear thrown in my Ram 1500. I'm just saying.