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Moving a big game animal from the field to your vehicle is strenuous work. If possible, get your hunting companions to help. You may want to use a drag rope or wrap the carcass in a slick tarp. Rest often, and don't overtax yourself. This is hard work, even for hunters in excellent physical condition.

Be sure to cover your animal when placing it in your vehicle. By covering your animal, you'll keep it free of contaminating dirt and also avoid offending nonhunters who would be upset at the sight of an animal carcass.

Cover game when transporting
Cover game when placing it in a vehicle.

Once an animal is in the vehicle, properly cooled, and hidden from sight, proceed immediately to your final destination or a licensed meat processing facility. Your responsibility for taking care of your animal ends only after the meat is preserved for personal use or is donated.