Zip ties are a great invention and almost as indispensable as duct tape for repairing, fixing, or strengthening a whole variety of items. I like to carry several different sizes from 4” to 16” in my hunting pack. Specifically, I like to use them for deer and antelope to help keep the carcass closed while dragging them from the field back to the truck.
After you’ve field dressed your animal, you either need to drag it back to the vehicle or you’ll have to quarter it so that you can pack it out. With smaller game, I usually go with dragging when possible. It seems easier although I’m not sure that it is. The big downside to dragging though is getting all of the sage, grass, brush and dirt inside the animal during the process.
Zip ties work great for “sewing” up you carcass fast and easy. We usually put a single zip tie around the back legs right at the hock and the same for the front legs. Then use a couple more on the ribs to keep the carcass mostly closed. If you also like to open the brisket when field dressing your critter, you can easily close this with zip ties too. If your zip ties are too small, again it’s easy to fasten several together to make a longer zip tie or you can simply make loops from the ties and link them together like a chain, tightening the loops to after you’ve got them fastened through the ribs, etc.
Zip ties are just handy to have around anyway, but they are lightweight enough to put several in your hunting pack and not even notice. And when it comes time to drag that deer back to the truck, they sure help in keeping the carcass clean.