How to Build a Lightweight Game Cart for Hauling Out Deer

This PVC cart will run you about $100 in materials and save your back a load of trouble

pvc lightweight game cart
Camouflage your cart with spray paint.Jeff Wilson

It's no secret that the best big-game hunting is often off the beaten path, but hunting in the boonies presents a special set of ­challenges. Primarily, hunters who venture into remote areas must devise a plan to retrieve a ­harvested animal without cleared paths or assistance. The solution? A well-designed game cart.

I couldn’t find a commercial game cart that met all of my needs, and eventually I settled on building my own from scratch. I set certain criteria before construction: The cart must be light enough to carry over downed logs and across creeks if the need arose; it had to break down easily and fit in the back of a small SUV; the wheels must provide sufficient ground clearance; and it had to be capable of hauling an entire field-dressed whitetail. And I didn’t want to pay more than $100 to build it.

You Will Need

  • Three 1-inch-by-10-foot PVC pipes
  • One ½-inch-by-10-foot PVC pipe
  • Twelve 1-inch PVC T-connectors
  • Six 1-inch PVC cross connectors
  • Six 1-inch PVC plugs
  • Six 1-inch PVC caps
  • Six lock pins
  • Two ¾-inch electrical conduit EMT (10 feet)
  • One ½-inch electrical conduit EMT (10 feet)
  • One ½-inch round bar stock (36 inches)
  • One ⁵⁄₁₆-by-1-inch flat bar stock (36 inches)
  • Two 15-inch cart wheels
  • Two ¾-inch 90-degree EMT connectors
  • Two ¾ EMT connectors
  • PVC cement
  • Spray paint

Instructions

  1. To make your own, start with the axle. Add the wheels to the ½-inch round bar stock with lock pins, then build out the framework of the cart using ¾-inch galvanized conduit fitted inside plastic PVC pipe.
  2. Use the three- and four-way PVC connectors to hold the sections in place.
  3. Attach the upper and lower PVC frameworks by running the bar-stock axle through ­pre-drilled holes on both sections.
  4. Fasten the upper and lower ­sections into position using bar-stock arms held in place with four lock pins. ­
  5. Spray-paint if desired, but don't spray it so the pieces stick together—by removing the six lock pins, the cart can be folded almost completely flat.
  6. The cart carries a maximum load of about 200 pounds and weighs less than 33, and it cost $109 for the materials.