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One or Two wheels

In the area I hunt, it is a lot of BLM land and though there are some old roads, no vehicles are permitted.  And that means 4 wheelers as well.  It's not uncommon to shoot a deer two, three or four miles back in from the closest road.  And that is a long hike!  That's what makes the difference between "venison" and "DEER" meat.  When you pack it out several miles, it becomes very "dear".

OK, a great solution is a cart.  They make excellent carts with one or two wheels.  Which is best?  I'm sure they both have advantages, but which is ultimately better to use; a one or two wheeled cart?

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only two - two wheelers

I have only used two designated game cart.  It had 2 wheels and they worked very, very well.  When using a game cart - you are hauling a large heavy and inconveniently balalnced load to start.  If you had to balance that on one wheel that would turn into an unpleasant ordeal.  While I have no experience with single wheeled game carts - I HAVE used single wheel wheelbarrows for a variety of chores in teh yard and around farms for decades, and given teh opportunity to swap them for two wheeled wheelbarrows - yes they do make them - I would do so every single time.  Other than a lower cost, I can't think of a single advantage that a one wheeled cart has to offer unless weight is severaly restricted.

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many places

There are many places two wheels can't go, but a one wheel cart would do well.  I think you need to go out and buy yourself a brand new two wheeled wheelbarrow and run it around the back yard for a few days.

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I couldn't begin to tell you

I couldn't begin to tell you how many deer, elk, and other animals that my hunting partners and myself have brought out of the hills on a one wheeled cart.  If you load it properly there is no problem balancing the load and it would surprise you on just how fast just one person can bring an animal out with one.  A two wheeled cart would be useless in a lot of places that we hunt.  None of the trails are built for two wheels so you would be running over rocks, and logs with on wheel or the other where a cart with just one wheel would run right past them. 

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I just got my first cart last

I just got my first cart last year, it's a 2 wheeled Cabelas magnum and it has been a great help. We have loaded it up and taken two does out with it at once and cut our pack out time down by hours. It is true however that in some places it is very difficult to move around because the trail is too narrow. In these situations a one wheel cart would be much better. I would like to find one with handles on both ends to make it easier for two people to work at once when possible. My 2 wheel cart could use the same upgrade and I'm planning on modifying it this year if I can. Also if taking out whole animals such as deer or antelope I have found it's a good and easy idea to have a few bungee cords on the cart to quickly tie down the carcass as they will flop around and get off balance or hang over the edge if you don't.

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1 or 2 wheels

About 15 years ago, I built a 1 wheel cart with the wheel in the back.  Like an indian travois.  It worked OK for small animals, like a single pronghorn, and was good sidehilling.  Biggest problem is 1/2 of the animal's weight is in your hands.

I used it once in northeastern Montana to bring out a Mulie buck.  There was about a foot of fresh snow and that single wheel dug into the mud under the snow.  A heavy plastic tarp or a sled would have worked much better.

Another year I shot a 4 pt Mulie buck in a valley about a mile below my truck.  I ended up cutting the deer in half and brought it out in two trips.

A few years later, I bought a two wheeled cart from Cabela's.  The animal balances above the wheels so all of the weight is on the wheels.  It's good going straight up or down hill, but it gets tippy going sidehill.  I've hauled several deer and quite a few antelope out on it, and 3 or 4 times I've hauled out two pronghorns at once. 

A month or so ago on another forum, I saw what they called a "Neetkart."   When not in use, it folds flat.  It has a game basket over two in-line wheels and one person can push it with handles in the back, or another set of handles can be attached in front for a second person to pull it.  It is susposed to be able to go over down logs, rocks, etc.  It looks pretty interesting.

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Packin' a load

Not exactly on topic, but my favorite packing implement, or tool, comes in numbers of four.

Four legs that is. Horses and mules make packing game any significant distance over rough terrain much easier and faster. After that I'd opt for four wheels and barring that a two wheeled method of some sort.  Big smile

That is not to say that horses, mules, and even four, two, or single wheeled tools don't have their drawbacks. Thus it is necessary for everyone to look at what will work best for them at that time. What works best at this point in time, in this location, may not be best in some other location or at some other time for various reasons. That's why they also make canoes for packing loads.  Big smile

Anything that lightens the load I have to cart however deserves serious consideration. 

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Wheels vs horses

I also had horses for about 20 years, and yes, they are the best method for packing game out of the wilderness.  I packed a lot of elk, several moose, and even 2 bighorn rams out on my horses.  They were also great for packing my camp both in and out of the wilderness.  US Forest Service regulations also prohibit the use of wheeled carts (or wheeled anything) in classified Wilderness areas.

However, horses don't fit into my life style right now, and I really don't see the benefit of hauling horses to the eastern Montana prairies for a pronghorn antelope or mule deer hunt.  That's why I started using wheeled carts.

But now that I'm 65 yrs old, I'm looking for a wheeled cart that I can use to haul an elk out of the backcountry instead of packing the pieces out on my back like I did 30 years ago.

 

 

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Until you get a single

Until you get a single wheeled cart that is balanced properly you will never know how easy they are to use.  The one that I have used has a single balloon tire on it with a cable brake that goes back to the rear.  It also has some removable handles that go onto the front of it for another person to use.  That along with a way to connect it to the back of a 4 wheeler.  As I said in a previous post it you place the game animal on it properly and balanced a single wheel cart will do quite nicely. 

Now if you have the money and property to have pack horses, mules, lamas, or goats or what ever other kind of pack animal that you may have that is fine but all of them take money and a lot of care over the year.  I did have a horse years ago and he went places that you couldn't get a two wheeled cart into unless you packed it in and out, a single wheeled cart would of went in and out fairly easy on the single track trail but would of been a little bit of work. 

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