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Quartering in the field

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As Rusty said, some rope with loops will work just fine.  Keep the gut-cut small and the drag should be fine.

If you want to go full on Bear Grylls:

(1) After bleeding and gralloching cut a small incision in the rear hind legs at the ankle (#17 in the image, looks like a knee, but technically, deer have no knees), just as you would for a gambrel.

(2) Insert the front legs through the incision and you have a bambi-back pack!

Just make sure you are wearing a hat and slick as ticks will be looking for a new home!

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I prefer to use the gutless method and quarter in the field.  When NJ went to automated check system I did most of my deer that way.  I had a system down where I could keep the meat clean and in the time it would take to gut and drag to the truck I would already be back at the truck with the meat quartered up and the head in a bag.  When i got home put the meat in a refrigerator and the head in the freezer (for the 48 hours) and I was done.  No hanging, skinning, quartering, no mess at the house and no rib cage, hide, etc to fill up the trash can.  When they implemented the wanton waste law I had to go back to dragging them out as I am hunting mostly state land where you can only leave entrails now.

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All you city types with the sled!
This isn't ice fishing.
A small tarp fits in your backpack and ties neatly around the deers neck with the drag rope/strap/belt/shoelaces...
Just sayin'

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I've used the gutless method as well. Its actually very easy, but apparently not legal here anymore. I plan on doing it in PA this year as well if I score. The place I hunt is even miserable using a jet sled so after last years death drag, I will be packing them out.

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1 hour ago, Tater1973 said:

Unless your hunting 1+ miles from the truck just drag it out.

:agree:

And there aren't many places in NJ where you will be more than a mile from your truck.  

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