How to Build a Lightweight Game Cart for Hauling Out Deer

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.

You Will Need
  • Three 1-inch-by-10-foot PVC pipes
  • One ½-inch-by-10-foot PVC pipe
  • Twelve 1-inch PVC T-connectors
  • Six 1-inch PVC cross connectors
  • Six 1-inch PVC plugs
  • Six 1-inch PVC caps
  • Six lock pins
  • Two ¾-inch electrical conduit EMT (10 feet)

  • One ½-inch electrical conduit EMT (10 feet)
  • One ½-inch round bar stock (36 inches)
  • One ⁵⁄₁₆-by-1-inch flat bar stock (36 inches)
  • Two 15-inch cart wheels
  • Two ¾-inch 90-degree EMT connectors
  • Two ¾ EMT connectors
  • PVC cement
  • Spray paint

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