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The Best Game Carts for Harvesting Deer Out of the Woods

 Posted on: February 6th, 2023


With the smell of the crisp fall air filling your nose and the rush of watching your kill drop, you unstiffen from your position and get ready to harvest your deer. Usually you approach the task of dragging the carcass out of the woods with dread, but this year will be different. You invested in a game cart that’s sitting nearby and will drastically reduce the amount of effort it takes to get your deer from the woods to your truck.

Game carts are a must-have piece of equipment for any serious hunter; not only for hauling game out of the woods, but also for hauling gear and equipment into the woods before your hunt begins. We’re here to help you break down the minutiae of game carts and find the features that are best for your hunting terrain, style, and type of game.

Weight capacity

If you want to transport harvested game in addition to a lot of equipment, choosing a cart with a higher capacity is a must. If you hunt light and your game is usually on the smaller side, selecting a cart with a lower capacity will be perfectly suitable.

Tire size

The larger the tire, the easier it will be to pull your cart over rough or uneven terrain.


Having a game cart that folds for compact storage is wonderful if you have either don’t have a garage or have a smaller garage space. This is particularly convenient in northern climates where you won’t be using your cart for other functions throughout the year.

Add-ons and extras

If you already know you can’t or don’t want to pull your game cart by hand, look for a cart that either has a built-in towing adapter or one that has a tow bar add-on. The ability to hook your cart up to an ATV will make it exponentially easier to haul game out of the woods when you’re already exhausted from days of hunting.

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Kill Shot 300 lb. Capacity Folding Game Cart GAME-CART-SM
Viking Solutions Tilt-N-Go Game Hauler VTG001
Kill Shot 500 lbs. Capacity Folding Game Cart GAME-CART-V2
Hawk Crawler Multi-Use Cart HWK-CART
Elevate Outdoor Hitch-Mounted Cargo Carrier and Game Cart CARGO-CART
Kill Shot 750 lb. Capacity Extra-Large Game Cart GAME-CART-HD
Brand Kill Shot Viking Solutions Kill Shot Hawk Elevate Outdoor Kill Shot
Capacity 300 lbs. 300 lbs. 500 lbs. 500 lbs. 500 lbs. 750 lbs.
Tires 15" 13.5" 16" 14" 19" 20"
Folding Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Extras Built-in Kickstand Dual Wheels for Uneven Terrain Hitch Mount Adj. Height Handle
Add-Ons Tow bar (GAME-CART-SM-TOW) ATV adapter (VTG001KIT) Tow bar (GAME-CART-TOW) Tow bar (GAME-CART-HD-TOW)

Best Game Carts for 2023

Top Pick: Kill Shot Extra-Large Game Cart

Why we love it:

  • It’s got a 750 lb. weight capacity – perfect for deer and gear
  • It folds for compact storage
  • It’s got 20” solid rubber tires to tackle those rougher terrains
  • The handle adjusts up and down to make it as easy as possible to maneuver the cart
  • Available as a kit with a tow bar adapter for ATV use

Honorable Mention: Hawk Crawler Multi-Use Cart

Why we love it:

  • It’s got a 500 lb. weight capacity – perfect for middle-of-the-road game and gear use
  • It folds for compact storage
  • It’s got dual axles and 15” double tires for extra-durable wood and uneven terrain use
  • The tough mesh liner holds in smaller items, particularly handy for landscaping projects in spring and fall

Top Value: Kill Shot Folding Game Cart

Why we love it:

  • The 300 lb. weight capacity is convenient for smaller game and lighter gear
  • It folds for compact storage in the off-season
  • It’s a high-quality design with an entry-level price point