The deer was killed the previous evening in a gnarly canyon on private land. The rancher’s older 4-wheelers couldn’t reach the site, but Jim volunteered our Suzuki to fetch it.
We’d have to drag the deer off the rocks in the background, but once we got it to the base of the boulders, we’d be able to load it onto the 4-wheeler and get it to pickups on the valley floor. Would the ATV be able to reach the rocks?
With its power steering and fluid automatic transmission, the KingQuad handled the rough terrain with grace and power.
Jim had to negotiate around some of the trickier terrain, but he got to the base of the mountain.
Jim brought a rifle just in case he saw a trophy whitetail in the area.
And he waited with the machine for a pair of guides to drag the mule deer down the cliffs.
Hopefully, we’d be able to load the deer on the back of the Suzuki and drive it down to the pickup. If the deer was too frozen, we could always drag it behind the ATV.
Thanks to decent snow cover, the guides are able to slide the deer downhill instead of quartering it and loading it on pack frames.
With the buck lashed to the rear rack of the Suzuki, Jim begins the slow descent of the mountain.
But soon he’s on relatively level ground and opens up the throttle.
Then he’s home free and can make it the rest of the way to the pickup with his precious cargo. He’ll make a successful hunter very happy when he gets the trophy back to the lodge.
As a sponsor of Grand Slam Adventure and Record Quest, Suzuki loaned us a 4-wheeler to use on our various hunts. But for Jim Ewing’s Montana Grand Slam, its utility was limited. We couldn’t take an ATV to elk camp, and weren’t sure how it would fit our whitetail hunt. Then Jim was tapped to take the KingQuad into the foothills to retrieve a mule deer. How did it do?