Deer Hunting Season in 3, 2, 1…

Deer Hunting season is almost here! As you might have seen on Twitter, Hunters are pretty excited about it (ourselves included). I’m surprised #Deerseason isn’t top trending worldwide!

No matter if you are a bow hunter or a rifle hunter, you just want to shoot something. We get that. We have put together some good ol’ deer hunting pictures to get your excitement flowing just that much more.

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“Hmm… Why does the human have a big long stick?”

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Can’t wait to see you in a month.

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You have to love a good Whitetail!

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Those antlers would look GREAT on the wall!

Of course, you also need to have some solid knowledge before you go on your first trip of the season. To make that trip a success, we suggest you visit Outdoor Life for some good deer hunting tips. If you are looking to go somewhere special this season, Ask Men has a great article on the Top 10 Luxurious Hunting Lodges for you to visit. And don’t forget your gear! The PCW3000 from Portable Winch is a great tool for pulling a deer from downhill, in a ditch, or in any other low-access areas. You can also use the Winch to hang your deer for dressing, moving firewood, and moving your Quad or ATV. Make sure you are prepared for the fun ahead! 

Where do you plan on hunting this season?

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Province and State Hunting Regulation Changes

You may have seen some Hunting news for various locations regarding changes in regulations. No matter where you live, this is interesting news; some of these changes may stay local, but some could spread. Here are a few key changes we thought you might like to know. 

New York – Black Bear Hunting

Rumour is that the state of New York is expanding Black Bear hunting statewidCapturee. Apparently, New York had an overpopulation of Black Bears last summer, leading to bear-human confrontations. The state also saw crop and property damage as a result. But that is all turned around now, as firearm hunters will get to see an early season, and you hunters living in Upstate New York will be able to do some Black Bear hunting of your own. These regulations are expected to be put in place within the next few weeks. See more details here.

 

Minnesota – White Tail Deer Hunting

Unfortunately, hunters in Minnesota have less thrilling news than their New York brothers. Due to a dramatic decrease in the White Tail Deer population hunters are now limited to one deer for the season, and those in North-East Minnesota are further restricted, limited to bucks only. 

The decline in the deer population is generally due to severe winters in that part of the country. However, experts do believe a bounce back is possible – with a milder winter. Cross your fingers, hunters! See more details here.

Ontario – Moose Hunting 

Ontarian’s have been waiting patiently while the province’s Ministry of Natural Resources decide what needs to be done about the lack of Moose. What once had one of the highest Moose populations in Canada is now seeing an alarming decrease in the population. The Ministry is blaming this decrease on a number of factors, including harvest, predation, parasites, habitat condition and low calf numbers. The number of Moose tags has been cut in order to help solve this problem. Read more here.

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New Hampshire – Changing Daily Limits 

New Hampshire residents have a five bird limit each day this season when it comes to Canadian Geese and Waterfowl. The state has also declared the dates of Youth Waterfowl Weekend, which is set to be the Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28. The bird limit, as well as all other constant New Hampshire bird hunting regulations, are in affect for this weekend. You can read more on the changes here.

Quite a few changes in regulations this year – as is usual with the sport of hunting. Regardless of the regulations, make sure you pack your Portable Winch!

 

Do you know of any other hunting regulations we may have missed? Tell us in the comments!

Positive Fishing Results in Nanaimo

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A fishing marina located in Nanaimo.

We love hearing positive news from the West Coast – especially when it involves fishing! Local fishing guide Andrew Turkstra, who has made his living taking people on fishing charters on Vancouver Island, has recently set up shop in Nanaimo. Until now, the Nanaimo waters were known as the ‘Dead Sea’ by other fishing guides and experienced local fishermen.

The reason for the area’s infamous nickname is due to the lack of fish that can be found there. Scientists have pointed to over fishing, changes to ocean conditions, food resources, migration and too many predators as reasons for the decline in potential trophies. Many have given up on fishing in Nanaimo all together. 

Here is the positive part: Lately, Turkstra and his customers have seen success in this area. 

“We’re beginning to see higher concentrations of salmon coming through local waters from the Columbia River as restoration projects on that waterway, as well as in salmon rivers and streams on the Island, are beginning to take hold,” Turkstra says. “We’re also learning how to fish better in that we used to fish shallow but now we find we are having success fishing at 200 to 1,000 feet. There’s also the fact that the commercial salmon fishery has been downsized in recent years and that has helped stocks recover.” 

This is clearly great news for die-hard fishermen on Vancouver Island. What was once a major problem for Nanaimo is now looking up. 

Do you plan to test your skill in the once proclaimed ‘Dead Sea’? Let us know!

 

5 Things the Portable Winch Does Best

Lately I have been asked: “So, what exactly can I use the Winch for?!”

That is a very good question.

Naturally, whenever someone wants to know the uses of our product I would send that person a brochure, direct him/her to our website, or send them to our blog. However, I finally decided it was time to take all the information from across the interwebs and put it into one blog post. The Portable Winch was designed with many industries in mind, and has found a home in many industries that it was not intended for. One of the things we love most about this Winch is its versatility in many markets. However, like any product, the Portable Winch does have its major strengths.

So, what does the Portable Winch do? Well, to put it broadly, it pulls things. Lots of things. Light things, heavy things, even more than one thing at the same time. But of course, you want specifics. Find below the 5 biggest uses for the Portable Winch.

1) Pulling Stumps, Logs, and Firewood 

The Arboricultural and Logging industry was set in the front of the minds of the engineers behind designing the PCW5000 Portable Winch. With the Winch’s ability to be taken into the backyards of homeowners without the damage of property that comes with larger equipment, Arborist companies such as Bartlett Tree Experts have taken up the Portable Winch as a method of tree removal. Use the Winch to drag large amounts of firewood, pull a stump straight from the earth, or even drag multiple logs at once with the Winch’s power. Check out the video below to see the PCW5000 in action.

2) Retrieving and Dressing Hunted Game

Our newest model, the PCW3000, was designed for hunters in the way that the PCW5000 was designed for loggers. Individual hunters and hunting outfitters both have taken to using the Winch as an alternative method to pulling an animal from the bush. Shot a 400 lbs grizzly down hill? No problem. No access for your truck or ATV in the woods? No problem. After you’ve got the animal, you can even use the Winch to hang and dress the carcass afterwords. Watch the video below to see just how useful the Portable Winch can be on the Hunt.

3) Pulling and Lifting Constructional Equipment 

Anyone who works in construction knows the pains (literally) of lifting heavy equipment and materials and dragging them from A to B and back again. Well, construction workers, how does lifting under 40 lbs all day sound, besides too good to be true? The Portable Winch lifting unit has shown promise recently in the construction industry, being able to lift a maximum of 10 times its weight. This is great for moving heavy beams, electrical utility boxes, and much much more. Watch the video for some more ideas!

4) Search and Rescue 

The industry we are most proud to represent. The Portable Winch has succeeded in helping save the lives of many endangered persons with its power, anchoring abilities and easy transport. Being able to pull damaged or stuck vehicles, lift stranded peoples, and allow the search and rescue teams to be deployed down cliffs and caves safely and securely. From North America to South Africa, many search and rescue personal – and their patients – depend on the Portable Winch. The Video below shows the portable winch in safety-action!

5) Off-Road Vehicle Retrieval 

Last but not least for the Portable Winch is its ability to get 4X4 truck, ATV and Jeep owners everywhere out of sticky situations. Simply pack the Portable Winch in the trunk and you’re ready to go anywhere. Some more creative users even use the Winch to remove fallen logs from their off road path. Doubt that such a little machine can move your giant-*** truck? We have proof that it can tow much more then that. Again, got to watch the video to see!

There is more more we could talk about when it comes to what this machine can do – but then we would run out of blog ideas for your WinchWednesdays! What do you use the Portable Winch for? Let us know in the comments below!

Anti-Hunting Petition over Texas Cheerleader’s Big Game Hunting

Unless you have been out hunting somewhere that doesn’t have WiFi, you may have seen the uproar over Social Media and the news recently regarding one cheerleader from Texas, Nineteen year-old Kendall Jones, who had posted pictures of herself over animals she has recently killed. No big deal, right? Which hunter among us DOESN’T? Except, this time, it has caused quite a bit of controversy.

As you probably know, hunting has always been a controversial sport at the best of times. Many of us have probably recieved criticism at one point or another over our #TrophyTuesday pictures. But unlike Kendall, most of us haven’t received any media attention on the subject. Kendall Jones has posted images of her with many of her trophies, including lions, leopards, and hippos (Oh My!). Not only did these pictures get the girl an onslaught of hate messages and, apparently even death threats, but the Cheerleader also faces a petition to ban her Facebook page for posting on “poaching of endangered species… or content that includes extreme acts of animal abuse.”

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Kendall Jones, 19, beside a lion carcass that has created controversy across the web.

However, Kendall’s supporters have defended her pictures, saying that her hunting activities were “100% legal with proper tags and licenses awarded on a pre-approved quota by the countries officials and wildlife department.” Many people have also given their oppinions, saying that they support hunting over-populated animals for food, but that the killing of endangered species has gone to far. And, of course, there are those who say that hunting should be outlawed all together, and that hunters should just buy their meat like everyone else (sigh). We call those people Haters.

Kendall Jones is currently set to star alongside others in a TV show on big game hunting, but many are now challenging her in that regard as well.

What do you have to say on this topic? Is Kendall Jones in the wrong for hunting these types of animals, or is this just another case of the media overreacting to a girls private business? Discuss your opinions in the comments below.

Hunting Tips & Tricks

Who wishes they could be a better hunter?

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That makes all of us. However, it is unlikely that any of us will reach Rambo status if we don’t take advice from experts or our fellow Hunters. Not everyone know everything, but every one of us knows something everyone needs to know. Right?

  1. DON’T GIVE UP. Just because you have lost site of the animal doesn’t mean it isn’t hiding in the bushes. If you injured it, make sure to check for a blood trail for a hint of where your game could have gone. If not, walk (quietly) to where you last saw it and look for any unnatural disruption in the wilderness – perhaps broken twigs or rustled bushes. Unless the animal was running, it is unlikely that it traveled far.
  2. PROTECT YOUR KILL. Make sure that when you hang your kill out to dry you make sure that it stays as YOUR kill.Other animals might try to claim it as their own if you let your deer stray too close to the ground. We recommend using your Portable Winch with a combination of pulleys and other hardware to do this successfully.
  3. ENSURE A CLEAR SHOT. If your strategy is to camp out in a tree stand, make sure you have nothing encumbering your view to where your hunting sixth-sense tells you the deer will appear. Take your spot, analyze all your views, and remove the branches/bushes before you start waiting for your victim.

    A hunter needs a clear shot to make the kill

  4. KNOW YOUR PRAY. Do you know where the deer you are stalking is going to be? Or how it is going to act? Deer like different locations based on weather, season, and time of day. Check out Outdoor Canada’s page on deer’s reaction to different weather for the upper hand.
  5. BRING YOUR WINCH. Make sure you bring along your hunting Winch to help move and hang your game, move firewood, and even pull your ATV or 4×4 out of a ditch (we’ve all done it).

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There is so much information available on the web and from your hunting buddies. Try to seek out Hunting Forums as well for a large audience of knowledgeable hunters, and a small audience of non-knowledgeable ones. Some of our favorite forums are HuntingBC, Hunting Washington, and Jesse Hunting. 

Do you have any words of wisdom to share with other hunters? Share in the comments below!