Goes together like deer hunting and bicycles

Yesterday Gates Carbon Drive got wind of my belt-drive Schlick Northpaw and published a little piece on it that included a photo of me riding the bike out to my deer stand in Peeksville, WI last gun season.  Coincidentally, the same day fellow cyclist and (successful) deer hunter Tom Perkins from the Bay View Bicycle Club sent me some photos of his rig for hauling deer back from the woods. Given all the wonderful snow we have today, I thought this would be a nice time to share.  Any other custom bikes out there used for deer hunting?  If so, send the photos my way!

From Tom:

I am finally getting around to emailing you the photo’s of a big box mountain bike I altered to transport a deer out of the woods. Actually, the only thing I altered was the seat post. I brazed two pointed 5/16 bolts to the seat post to cradle the deer’s back bone inside the body cavity. The pointed spikes formed a V and kept the deer from slipping off the bike. The modified seat post of course could be interchanged with a seat if you wanted to ride to the stand.

I took the drive train off the bike to make it lighter.

I think for next  year I will custom design a rear rack out of 1/2 inch conduit for something to tie the rear legs to and center the deer more on the bike. This will replace the trailing kids bike. I do not think that the extra length that the trailing bike provided was needed.

Because a bike tracks well on a line it is especially good on small wooded trails. I have tried two wheeled carts for this and they just get hung up on wooded trails.

The location of this deer hunt was Florence county Wisconsin on the the second day of the 2011 gun season.

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 11 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave lives with his wife Liz and daughter Frankie in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's west side.

4 thoughts on “Goes together like deer hunting and bicycles

  1. That is one way to use a bike !!!! I will be going to Superior WI. and do you know of any bike trails in the area? I will be going this summer if everything goes right. Last time I was in the area the Minn. Parks had all the rest area’s near the trails closed and the trails are paved and not far from Superior. Do you think that “Minn. will shut down this year”?.
    Joseph Schlaefer

  2. Thanks for the reminder that those who enjoy biking are an eclectic bunch. I think there’s a stereotype that bicyclers are sort of wimpy, compassionate types. Not the case: some of us actually enjoy killing other beings out minding their own business!

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