From reading the threads here I realize many of you have very few outdoorsmen skills. Only a small handful of you know how to hunt and fish, how to
pack into the back country and how to pack out, not just for yourself but your friends and family as well.
Many of those truly wild places do not allow motorized vehicles and those that do, the back trails are just too rough for all but a stout ATV. So what
is an enterprising outdoorsman(survivalist) to do???
Why he builds or buys himself a cart!
Below are just two examples of a wheeled back country cart… note the neck straps… they help take the weight off your lower arms, leaving your
hands free to guide rather than strain… keeps you from dumping your load if your hand slips too…. These two are homebuilt…
Store bought carts come in many styles… just be careful as some of them use cheap and flimsy parts…
Of course if you’re a lazy old fat man such as myself you can build a cart that’s towable with your well used ATV…
and if you subscribe to the bigger is better theory and need to haul a moose out of the back country
See you can pack more than you thought you could… if you add a wheeled cart to your list of must haves
Here's a web site that goes more into cart types and use
Now if your going to buy rather than build there are things you should ask...
Strength & Capacity –
(1) Frame Strength & Capacity. Are both the strength and capacity of the cart sufficient to accommodate the animals (or portions) you hope to
(2) Wheel Strength. Is the wheel strength sufficient to support both the animal and the cart?
(3) Adequate Braking. If you anticipate needing the safety and control of a braking system, do these brakes have the strength to do the job?
Ease of Transport –
(4) Balance the Load. Is all, or substantially all the load balanced above the wheel(s) so that you avoid lifting and carrying too much?
(5) Hard to Balance. Is the load a problem to balance?
(6) Mobility. Does the cart design and wheel(s) allow for the mobility you might need to travel through the terrain in which you will be hunting?
(7) Side hill Tipping. Does a slope or side hill cause the cart to tip so as to risk dumping the load?
(8) Clearance. Does the cart design and wheel diameter provide sufficient clearance in such terrain?
(9) Smooth Rolling. Is the wheel diameter of sufficient size to allow the cart to roll more smoothly, with fewer hang ups, and with less rolling
resistance over such terrain.
(10) Effective Helper Input. Does the cart have rigid handles and otherwise allow for effective assistance from hunting partners?
(11) Efficient Energy Use. Looseness, bending and sagging results in the dissipation of energy which in turn makes it far more difficult to handle any
game and almost impossible to handle larger game. Does the design and construction of the cart avoid this and maintain needed strength and rigidity?
(12) Easy Loading. Can the game animal be easily loaded on the cart and from there onto the pickup?
Other Considerations –
(13) Break Down. Does the cart break down for storage and/or transport without loss of strength and rigidity?
(14) Single or Multiple User. Can the cart be used by both a single user and by two or more users?
(15) Use for both large and smaller game. Is the cart big enough and strong enough for large game? Is it too cumbersome or unwieldy for smaller game?
Will it handle both comfortably?
(16) Reliability. What is the cart's reputation for reliability? Have you heard of it collapsing or otherwise failing when called upon?
I'll also add, can you make repairs yourself????
I will add I do not like the dolly style of Game Carts... they tend to bounce against your back or legs... the handles are too short making you shuck
them in to close to your body...
well that's it for today... Happy carting all
edit on 11-8-2011 by DaddyBare because: forgot to add the img tags