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    Roe sacks,carrying fallow deer

    Hi all

    i am after a bit of advice in the sack depatment, the permission i have is 99% fallow deer so need a better means of extraction than dragging (at mo cant afford quad etc)so are the large roe sacks (will take 2 roe on advert) capable of this and if yes what is the best one to get , i get one two deer a month if lucky.

    regards.............neil

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    The Sika sacks made by Wrights of Huntley as used by most of the FC stalkers will definitely accommodate a fallow does and pricketts or a decent mature buck if split in half. They are exceptionally well made and spacious and are the best deer sack you can buy. Far better than these crappy continental sacks currently flooding the market. IMO

    I've had mine for over 10 years, used it virtually every week and have never found anything better.

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    My recommendation is the Harkila sack.

    Truly excellent construction - will carry 140lb of Sika without popping any stiching.

    Very comfortable, padded back plate makes for a comfy seat when you decide to wait.



    Compression straps make the sack fold down to daypack size for your initial stalking - means that it does not catch on foliage while moving through tight cover.



    Cheap. which is unusual for Harkila kit. Well, great value at between 60-75.

    After owning a load of sacks over the years - this is the one that ticks the boxes.

    Rgds

    Ian

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    Ian

    I had a look at the Harkila sack at the Scone Game Fair. I've never been a fan of plastic buckles having found they break sooner or later or nylon webbing. So declined to purchase one despite its innovative fold up design. I find a double loop of retired 9mm climbing rope achieves the same effect with my Wrights sack should I feel the need. I then use the rope for hanging the deer on a convenient tree or post before and after the gralloch.

    Presumably you've tried the sack with a 140lb load hence your comments about it standing the test. I wonder how many stalkers could actually get off their knees with a 140lb load in that sack as it hangs down rather low, let alone hump the load a few miles to get the beast extracted.

    My American and Canadian chums who all hump far larger loads out of the woods on a regular basis than us Brits would dream of, do so using framed sacks

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    I have just bought one of the Harkila's what sold it to me was the amount of FC rangers that use them.

    The desciption given to me by one of the head rangers about the Huntly sacks is that once you have used one you wil realise they were obously designed by someone who had never seen a deer never mind tried to carry one off the hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stand Buck
    The desciption given to me by one of the head rangers about the Huntly sacks is that once you have used one you wil realise they were obously designed by someone who had never seen a deer never mind tried to carry one off the hill.




    I mention that to the guys I know who have been using them in prefernce to anything else for the last 15 years.

    The lads involved in the preproduction design tests were the lads off the Economic Forestry team. IIRC pretty sure the lads with Tilhill use/used them also. I would suspect between them they have carried more deer out of places than most anybody around. Certainly on here

    I hope you get plenty of use out of you chosen sack. I know I have mine over the last 10 years. Buy once and buy the best , for me that would still be the Wrights of Huntley Sika sack. Even if they are twice the price of a continental import

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    thank you for all the replies and PM's ,they have been a great help...neil

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    Hi Neil
    this is what i now use
    a sika sack, can quite easily take 2 Roe or a Fallow /Sika i also reckon a Red hind would fit
    using a couple of Roe for the demo as the Fallow weren't playing ball



    also has a washable and removeable liner
    1st Roe

    2nd Roe

    tie it up

    and place in sack, as you can see still plenty of room

    then just walk out with the spoils of the day


    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCon
    Ian

    I had a look at the Harkila sack at the Scone Game Fair. I've never been a fan of plastic buckles having found they break sooner or later or nylon webbing. So declined to purchase one despite its innovative fold up design. I find a double loop of retired 9mm climbing rope achieves the same effect with my Wrights sack should I feel the need. I then use the rope for hanging the deer on a convenient tree or post before and after the gralloch.

    Presumably you've tried the sack with a 140lb load hence your comments about it standing the test. I wonder how many stalkers could actually get off their knees with a 140lb load in that sack as it hangs down rather low, let alone hump the load a few miles to get the beast extracted.

    My American and Canadian chums who all hump far larger loads out of the woods on a regular basis than us Brits would dream of, do so using framed sacks
    Jcon

    Yes, carried a couple Sika weighed at 140 clean.

    Quite agree with your comments regarding framed sacks - I far prefer heavier loads on a pack frame. Having said that, the Harkila sack was relatively comfortable for such a trip.



    No problems with the plastic clips - seem to be made of a relatively high quality plastic compared to some I have seen.

    Rgds

    Ian

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    Per mare Per terram Ian roughly translated once mad always mad lol

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