BTDT - Alsea unit. Went down a gully almost to the bottom. Sat on a stump for a few minutes and out of the woods into the clear cut comes a doe, maybe 20' from me - she kept looking behind her and moved further into the open. I just sat there still and quiet and out comes a buck sniffing after her paying no attention to me - so I shot him. Partner calls down and says "you better not have shot a deer because I am not helping you haul it out of there!" - I called back "too late".Years ago I shot a nice 4 pointer Mulie that was so close I had to sight along the barrel since all I could see in the scope was fur. When he got shot he flipped and fell (slid) down the slope (steep) about a 250 yards. It took me about half and hour to pull him back up the slope, hand over hand with the rope (30 footer para cord) while I anchored myself behind trees progressing up the slope. Once on the logging road it was less than five minutes back to the truck. I think my longest shot has been 100 or way less. And that is in fairly open woods, stalking is the name of game for me.
He did help me - we halved the buck and pulled each half up, one hand on the rope and another on the deer. It took us until midnight to get it all out and up to the road.