I’m with ya on the old school way! But I’m 28 BUT I’m severely out of shape and gun season is usually my exercise for the year doing 5-10 miles a day in the back countryI drag them the old fashioned way, no sled, no cart, just a rope or grabbing them by the antlers. Lift them
In the bed any way I can get them there. No pulleys, etc. I just wrestle them into the truck. I’m usually alone, no one to call and at 56 it’s a pride thing if I’m being honest. Probably helps that I’m still active in the gym lifting heavy and do heavy sandbag (dead weight, shifting loads) workouts often. Use it or lose it.
I really like this. Ingenious! Lol. Will give it a try next opportunity I getI use a cam strap attacked to a tie down spot in the bed and girth hitched around neck and another on the other side around the backside. I lift one side of the deer and pull the slack out of the strap and do the same with the other side. Repeating till the deer is on the tailgate and slide it in.
I like having a jet sled or otter sled because it’s deep walled and it will hold the blood and what not of the deer and washes out easily. It’s also great to keep your gear hunting gear tidy in the back of the truck and if I have to use my truck for something else throughout deer season, all of my gear is in the jet sled and I just take that out, put it in my hunting shed and my truck is ready for other jobs.
^^^^ Exactly what I do Haha!