If a small one gets no trouble as you can tie your drag line around his waist, throw the loose end over a tree’s limb and pull it off the field.
When a big deer hits a sapling that can be dragged over, so you can reach your line high enough to raise the carcass off the ground as it springs back. Using a pole with a crotch or fork at the end to hold it back in position in case the “spring back” isn’t appropriate. Two poles are in some cases much stronger than one. Now register and remove a tag and fasten it to the deer from your hunting licence.
If deer is hanging in the open, arrange black boughs of growth, so the sun does not shine on them. If you use a cheap cotton deer bag with pucker string in fly time that closes the bag tightly around your neck. If the weather is dry, bring it as soon as possible into cold storage. Every year a lot of game gets spoiled before it hits the table.
The next thing is to spot (blaze) trees and bushes from where the path or stream that leads to camp is hanging to the nearest traveled.
Don’t let your deer stay for a day. Put it in a cooler and bring it to a butcher as soon as possible.
Don’t count on the memory of where the deer is hanging. Most deer were never noticed after they hung it up. He will do all this work if you employ a guide, but instead of a rifle, he insists that he take along a medium-sized axis, a small camp kit with enough tea and lunch for 36 hours. Let him take along a phone if you want to get pictures. Your own rifle is enough but he can take along your light shot gun if you want to get partridge.
The toughest and most back-breaking activity associated with deer hunting is the method of transporting a deer to the camp. If the deer is small and snow is on the ground, you can do very well by fastening a rope to the deer ‘s neck or antlers and securing the loose end to a sapling piece around 1 1⁄2 inches in diameter and six inches in length, using the sapling as a handle. Choose a handle 2 feet in length if you have a friend.
If a big deer is using a one wheel deer carrier or is employing someone with a horse.
Dragging a big buck over several miles on bare ground is a job you’ll remember for a long time. Get all the party leaders to support.
When you kill a “far back” deer and there’s no deer carrier available so you can hire anyone with a horse to move it to camp, you ‘re definitely fortunate because the few bucks you spend on toting would save you a lot of hard labour.
Choose two poles if you are obliged to move your deer out on bare ground, without a horse or a deer carrier. Tie deer well in between. You can find this much safer than a stick, as it removes all the awkward “slat” or swing.
In Maine, hunters are prizing about as much body weight as a good set of antlers. Hunters who kill a deer with a minimum dressed weight of 200 pounds are qualify for the Maine Club Biggest Bucks, sponsored by magazine Maine Sportsman. I’m not a member of the 200 club yet: 175 pounds weighed the largest deer I’ve shot at Maine.