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A game cart can make taking your hunting trophy back home quick, easy, and help reduce potential back strain from hauling larger animals out of the woods.
A hunting cart can be either sled-shaped in design and meant for use in colder, snowier climates, or can be a wheeled cart device much like a shipping wheeled dolly, which is primarily used for transporting large animals over more flat terrain.
The main things to consider when looking for a good large game cart is the size of the device, the portability of the cart itself, and the easy of use.
While a large game cart is made to carry a heavy animal long distances without breaking down or falling apart, it still should be built in such a way so that it can fit comfortably in the back of a truck without taking up too much space.
Kill Shot Throne 3-in-1 Game Car
Game chair, hunting rest, and a spot to carry the deer after you’re done with it—how could we not put this at the top of the list?
The Kill Shot Throne takes the cake six ways ‘til Sunday, especially when you look at the solid construction and rubber padding for stability and comfort.
The all-rubber wheels don’t need to be inflated, so there’s no risk of running a flat in the middle of the woods.
That’s the saving grace, because you can store up to 500 pounds on this sucker thanks to the high grade steel design.
What’s best is that you don’t need any tools to transform this from a seat to a rest, and then to the cart.
It’s ready to go right out of the package, so you can just receive it, open it, and get right to the hunt.
Versatility is the name of the game, and Kill Shot hit the nail on the head. This is the last game cart you’ll ever need.
Summit Treestands Game Cart
Perhaps Kill Shot was a bit too much for you. That’s okay, because it’s also a heavy unit.
Summit comes in at nearly 15 pounds lighter, and has one primary function: carrying game. You can’t use it as a 3-in-1 unit, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
16” hardened rubber wheels allow you to trek through the woods without worry, so you can run over the underbrush without damaging the cart.
You also get three straps included in your purchase so you can tie down your game after the kill.
The all steel axle has a light bit of corrosion resistance to it, so you can use it on rainy days without worry. Just be sure to dry it off adequately afterwards.
It does what it’s supposed to, and comes in at a ridiculously low price compared to our top pick. Bulky and brawny, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever have to replace this game cart.
Best Choice Products Game Hauler Cart
Let’s look at some budget-friendly options here.
Best Choice Products made a simple game cart that doesn’t come with any frills, and it isn’t built on hollow promises.
This cart is designed to hold up to 500 pounds, which is a few deer and a half-dozen pheasant, plus your backpack.
Oversized rubber wheels tread through everything in your path, whether it’s rain or shine.
The standard is around 14”, but with a high weight capacity like this, you need that extra wheel diameter to pull this over tree roots and hilly terrain.
One of our favorite features of this is how small it is when it’s folded up. This fits into your car’s trunk with ease, and keeps plenty of space for your additional gear.
This cart is universal, so if you find additional uses for it, by all means use your creativity.
GOPLUS Folding Deer Game Cart
This is the most inexpensive option on our list, and that’s just what GOPLUS wanted to do.
Some of us aren’t hunting game for fun; we’re doing it to stock a freezer for our children and spouse at home.
For that, you can’t blow a ton of money on your cart. GOPLUS makes it affordable.
Affordable doesn’t mean cheap, either.
Made from durable steel, this cart still holds up to 500 lbs of game, and comes with large 17” wheels to cover the terrain of the forest with ease.
The larger the wheels (within a reasonable range), the easier it will be to pull over stubborn tree roots and underbrush.
It’s also important to note that this is lightweight, as far as game carts go. Coming in at just 35 pounds, you won’t break your back wheeling it around in the forest.
Fold it up, stash it in the trunk, and you’re good to go. On to the next hunting ground.
Guide Gear Deer Cart
Last on our list, this lightweight unit doesn’t pack as much of a punch, but it’s good enough for a solo hunter to bring along for the ride.
It’s just over 28 pounds, so you can stow it away with ease. That’s less drag when you pull it back through the woods to your truck.
The maximum weight capacity is 300 pounds, which is the lowest that we see on this list.
If you hunt down one adult male buck, their average weight of 270 to 330 pounds might actually be too much for this cart.
Stick to whitetail deer and smaller game, and you’ll be good to go.
As the second cheapest unit on this list, you’re saving big bucks (pun intended) while also having large wheels and a sturdy steel frame to lug your game around on.
This folds up quick and doesn’t take up much space in your truck.
Game Cart FAQ
How to Use a Game Cart?
The whole point is to carry the deer out of the woods with as little snagging as possible. Look at your cart and think about how to achieve that. Visualize it.
You’re going to lay the deer head closest to the handle, and this is for a couple of reasons. One, you’re going to be able to control the antlers.
Two, there’s no snagging on the ground that could cause you to lose your game.
If the antlers are on the back, you will end up dragging them against the ground and either damaging the trophy, or letting them snag on tree roots and bushes on the way back to your car.
Lay the deer in a photo-worthy position, and then wedge the bottom end of your game cart beneath the deer.
This will give you leverage to maneuver the deer onto the cart. Next, til the cart to position the deer. Strap it into place.
How to Transport Your Game Cart?
Most game carts will come right out of the package and be ready to go, but if you need to assemble them, be sure it’s done properly so you can still fold them up later.
Game carts collapse. It would be insane to transport them as-is. The aim is that you will get back to your truck, strap the game onto the bed, and fold the cart up for quick storage.
Most carts will fold up to about a third of their original size. You can lay them vertically in the trunk of your van or SUV, or horizontally in the trunk of a compact car.
If laying them vertically, bring a zip tie to secure it into place so it doesn’t rattle around while you drive.
What is the Weight Limit of an Average Game Cart?
Usually, around 500 pounds. That’s because most game carts are made out of high grade steel.
Hunters don’t just want to bag a single deer and call it a day; they want 1-2 whitetails and perhaps some smaller game before they hit the trail and head back home.
An average whitetail doe is about 170 pounds, while a buck can be upwards of 330 pounds. Sounds to me like that’s the perfect amount to hit that weight limit.
The steel itself might be able to hold more weight, but you have to take the wheels and axles into account.
Steel axles are great, but they’re still thin, long pieces of metal that succumb to immense pressure.
How to Secure Your Game to the Game Cart?
Your cart should come with a few straps (usually 2-3) that are specifically designed for this. If you don’t get any, that’s okay; you can just use some simple 6’ nylon straps.
You want to position it around the widest points of the deer.
One strap should go around the base of its neck, another underneath its torso (between the front legs), and the other beneath the back legs.
Run the straps around the cart one time so that it’s pressing down on the deer’s body. Then, when you pull it all the way under, wrap it around one part of the cart.
This keeps it from sliding down the steel from vibrations while you’re moving.
Secure the straps in place, and make sure you’re tilting the handle of the game cart appropriately to have leverage over the body. Begin moving, and you’re good to go.
A good hunting game cart is easy to transport, and will keep your game secured over bumpy terrain.
A good game cart can also help reduce the chance of you damaging your game or yourself during transport, as it can take some of the weight off of you when it comes to trying to transport heavy game.
When looking for a large game cart, making sure you figure out what kind of cart you are looking to invest in is key to getting the most out of your purchase.
If you find yourself hunting most often in the colder months of the year, in snowy conditions, or are looking for a game carrier to help you move medium to large game, a hunting game sled may be more ideal for your needs.
However, if you are interested in transporting large game earlier in the season, a wheeled game cart may be perfect for you.
While a game cart can be a larger investment item, it can help you transport your game over a long distance without putting additional stress on you or your prize, and can help streamline the processing step of your hunting trip.
Game Cart Video
If you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of person, here’s a YouTube video demonstrating how to make your own inexpensive game cart:
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