CONSTRUCT A LIGHTWEIGHT GAME CART
It’s no secret that the best big-game hunting is often off the beaten path, but hunting in the boonies presents a special set of challenges. Primarily, hunters who venture into remote areas must devise a plan to retrieve a harvested animal without cleared paths or assistance. The solution? A well-designed game cart.
I couldn’t find a commercial game cart that met all of my needs, and eventually I settled on building my own from scratch. I set certain criteria before construction: The cart must be light enough to carry over downed logs and across creeks if the need arose; it had to break down easily and fit in the back of a small SUV; the wheels must provide sufficient ground clearance; and it had to be capable of hauling an entire field-dressed whitetail. And I didn’t want to pay more than $100 to build it.
To make your own, start with the axle. Add the wheels to the ½-inch round bar stock with lock pins, then build out the framework of the cart using ¾-inch galvanized conduit fitted inside plastic PVC pipe. Use the three- and four-way PVC connectors to hold the sections in place. Attach the upper and lower
PVC frameworks by running the barstock axle through pre-drilled holes on both sections. Fasten the upper and lower sections into position using bar-stock arms held in place with four lock pins. Spray-paint if desired, but don’t spray it so the pieces stick together—by removing the six lock pins, the cart can be folded almost completely flat. The cart carries a maximum load of about 200 pounds and weighs less than
33, and it cost $109 for the materials. —Brad Fitzpatrick