Shooting a big buck is one thing. Getting it home is another — especially if no one is around to help.

What would you do if you had to single-handedly load a decent-sized deer onto the bed of your truck?

There are a few answers. Like this one:

Or this:

But Outdoor Life Hunting Editor Andrew McKean has a solution that’s much more elegant.

It requires two ropes, a pulley, some boards and a truck. You don’t have to do any pulling or lifting: just tie one end of a rope to a stationary object, and the other to your quarry, and drive forward.

If you want answers to other deer-related questions, Southern Maine Community College and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are holding a workshop on how to field dress and butcher a harvested deer, and prepare venison, on Saturday, Sept. 19. Led by Warden Corporal Rick LaFlamme and Regional Wildlife Biologist Scott Lindsay, it will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the SMCC campus in South Portland and costs $40.

Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...