A good friend of mine hunts public land in northern Minnesota, and because he’s worked hard through the years to find his whitetail hotspot, I won’t be any more specific regarding its location.
And in truth, the one thing that really sets apart his system for success isn’t the land itself – it’s his method of accessing the land. You see, this public ground doesn’t allow cars, trucks, ATVs, side-by-sides or dirt bikes. You have to walk – or do like my buddy and pedal a mountain bike.
Now, in case you aren’t familiar with northern MN in November, the firearms deer season can be brutal in terms of weather. And some years the deep snow severely hampers my buddy and those in his hunting party; mountain bikes and deep snow simply don’t mix.
However, during those mostly snow-free Novembers when temps are cold enough to firm up the ground and freeze the water and mud holes, it’s a biker’s paradise. The system allows my buddy to get far away from other hunters who are burning boot leather.
But you might be asking yourself: “How do you transport a tagged deer several miles through the forest back to your pickup?”
Well, as the video below shows, a bicycle built for two doesn’t always have to carry two humans.
Important safety note: My buddy, who’s running the camera in this clip, highly recommends covering more of the deer in blaze-orange than is shown here. And I couldn’t agree more. An extra blaze-orange vest placed over a buck’s head and rack makes this carry system even safer.