Back-break­ing work

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QI have re­cently in­jured my back and it has had a big im­pact on my deer stalk­ing. I used to have no prob­lem man­han­dling fal­low deer, but now strug­gle and I have no wish to suf­fer a re­cur­rence. Can you rec­om­mend any way of mak­ing my life eas­ier in the field?

ADOM HOLTAM replies: Hav­ing just spent an ‘en­ter­tain­ing’ evening drag­ging a gi­ant fal­low out of a field, I can fully sym­pa­thise. It is all too easy to hurt your­self when deal­ing with large deer such as fal­low, sika and reds. But there are some re­ally clever bits of kit out there that can def­i­nitely help. Keith Wat­son’s Stalker’s Mate mini pul­ley and fold­ing gam­brel is an ace ad­di­tion to your stalk­ing kit.

Napier of London do a clever drag bag, called the Ready Sled, a ratchet lift called the Auto Lift, and the Auto Click sys­tem, which can as­sist you with car­cass ex­trac­tion, lift­ing the car­cass and also do­ing a sus­pended gral­loch.

There are var­i­ous car­cass sleds on the market that dou­ble up as a way to keep your car boot free of blood and the car­cass clean and hy­gienic.

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