Hunters, Sound Off: Log Tongs to Drag a Deer?

   10.03.17

Hunters, Sound Off: Log Tongs to Drag a Deer?

The image above was posted on a hunting group by a curious hunter, wondering whether anyone in the group had used this tool, which looks like a log tong to me, to drag out a deer. Here’s what he said:

Anybody use this ? I feel like it’s a little disrespectful. I sound dumb, I know. But that’s just me. What’s yall’s opinions?

I know what he means… stabbing a deer’s eyes with a pair of tongs to drag it seems wrong somehow.

I have used a number of methods for dragging deer over the years, from rope to simply grabbing it, to the specialized Deer Dragger harness, which I reviewed here.

I don’t think I would want to drag a deer using these tongs, even if it didn’t seem sort of “off” to gouge out the eyes to drag it out. Also, dragging one-handed with a skinny handle doesn’t seem too comfortable, especially for folks with shoulder troubles.

What do you think? Reasonable? Ethical? Weird? Practical?

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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