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Floating a whitetail

Postby omiada » Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:06 pm

I'm deer hunting a swamp along side a shallow stream. This swamp is a real pain to get into, surrounded my dense Florida scrub. I was wondering if when I shoot one, after I field dress it, could I just tie a rope about its' neck and float it down stream back to my truck. I wade the stream often so I know it well. Just don't know about the deer part. By the stream I'd only have to go about 1/8 th a mile. What do you think? Is this a bad idea?
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Floating a whitetail

Postby Smackaduck » Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:43 am

Yes, it's gonna sink and cause you more trouble than if you drug it out on land
If they're dumb enough to be lured in by plastic you're really just doing them a favor.

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Re: Floating a whitetail

Postby Bill Herian » Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:04 am

Take a ratty old life jacket along with you and strap it around the deer.
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Re: Floating a whitetail

Postby omiada » Sun Dec 04, 2011 11:26 am

Thanks. That's what I was wondering. I guess I'll just have to drag it for 4 hours through scrub or find an easier place to hunt. I also might consider canoeing to my spot, but that might also be more trouble than it's worth.
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Re: Floating a whitetail

Postby kdog » Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:30 pm

Dont gut it out .......then float
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Re: Floating a whitetail

Postby Gen. Lee » Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:05 pm

What Kdog said.

They float much better ungutted than gutted. Just tie a rope on it or put a dog leash on it and tow it behind you.
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Re: Floating a whitetail

Postby omiada » Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:36 pm

Thanks. I may have to try floating it ungutted. Didn't see anything this afternoon. The woods were quiet except for the hundred woodducks flying downstream. I have to keep telling myself to pay attention to the woods not the skies.
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Re: Floating a whitetail

Postby circustrail » Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:55 am

Bill Herian wrote:Take a ratty old life jacket along with you and strap it around the deer.



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Re: Floating a whitetail

Postby swampwise » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:46 pm

hope you don't have to drag it far from the creek to the truck. That sucker will double in weight due to being waterlogged.
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Re: Floating a whitetail

Postby omiada » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:23 pm

I decided to cut a trail through the shortest route of the scrub brush. Anyway I found a better spot to deer hunt. Thanks for all the comments.
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