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    We are doing a float moose hunt this fall. I'd like opinions on bringing along a comealong or not. Is it worth it

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    Depends on what it is. If it's a cheap cable come-along, then no. I've noticed that the cable come alongs can be exceeded by it's weight limit, and grenade into pieces. A freind of mine lost a finger using one to pull out a small snow machine. For years now, I've been using a 150 ft. rope in combo with a ratchet rope. They are heavy, but STRONG. I've used it to pull moose out of the water, and snowmachines out of the water. This past season, a forum member and I pulled out one snowmachine hooked to another with the ratchet rope. They both had full tanks and I would put the weight somewhere around a thousand pounds. What stopped me, was a creek rock got stuck between my track and my tunnel. So the load acted like a break too, since the track was seized.....still pulled our machines out of the water. Same with my moose, I gave him a 50 yd. pull onto dry land. The rope gives you good distance.

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    Chainsaw wench. My uncles always have one. Not sure what the weight limits are, or if they are pushing it too far tho. So far it seems to be fine.

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    http://akcooltools.com/hitchmaster.html

    I've used one of these a couple times....pretty good utility and takes up little space and weight.
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    ok so first of all i would ask this question in the float hunting forum because float hunting is a bit different than atv etc hunting, as far as gear is concerned.

    my opinion is that you will definitely have a much higher probability to shoot an animal and it end up in or near water. so with that being said i would definitely recommend a quality winching device.

    good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgeman View Post
    http://akcooltools.com/hitchmaster.html

    I've used one of these a couple times....pretty good utility and takes up little space and weight.
    Hodge what were your experiences? I've been looking at them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWB View Post
    Hodge what were your experiences? I've been looking at them.
    We used one to pull a hydrolocked ATV out of the water....probably a 40' pull and 10' vertical with a pretty good current. I wasn't too impressed when my buddy pulled it out from under the seat. It was a bit fiddly to set up but when we started pulling the machine popped right out. I was impressed then. Cheap, small and effective.

    Later, on another hunt, we lifted a caribou by the hocks to skin it. Not nearly the pull the ATV was but lifting a couple hundred pounds or so straight up was easy.

    Not the best product for every job but very small and lightweight and when coupled with a few lengths of poly rope very versatile.
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    Oh yea, bring something to make a big mechanical advantage. The rescue boater people are good at making a mechanical advantage with carabiners and rope. Pulleys work way better, but if you have enough biners, you can make a 6 to 1 system. I guess it depends on how much weight you want to carry. I am in a jet boat, so a beefy system is handy. A raft, not as much.

    http://www.gemplers.com/product/1259...th-Rope-Puller

    I have used one of these for a bunch of stuff, and to pull a small moose. A snatch block helps give a three to one pulley set up. All you need is a good anchoring system. I have used the cable ones, and never again. They bind and don't pull very far. This one weighs about the same and is much more versatile.

    I really like the idea of the hitch master. I would want to play with it a bunch before I took it out. It has potential and I like the portability.

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    Yes,, have needed one twice and was glad to have it both times.

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    Just be careful with the darn thing out remote. A buddy had one grenade on him last year and he is lucky to still be able to count to 10 without having to remove his socks!

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    a lot of you might not realize that there is a way better tool out there, the ROPE WINCH. it's a lever-crank winch similar to a come-along except that you can use whatever length of rope you want, 100 feet or 1000 feet or more. a come-along is almost useless IMO. a block and tackle is good, but not great. the rope winch is what you need. Lehmans and a few other companies sell them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theunseenowl View Post
    a lot of you might not realize that there is a way better tool out there, the ROPE WINCH. it's a lever-crank winch similar to a come-along except that you can use whatever length of rope you want, 100 feet or 1000 feet or more. a come-along is almost useless IMO. a block and tackle is good, but not great. the rope winch is what you need. Lehmans and a few other companies sell them.
    I already mentioned it as the first reply to this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 450grandpa View Post
    We are doing a float moose hunt this fall. I'd like opinions on bringing along a comealong or not. Is it worth it
    I shot a moose a few years ago that died with his back braced up against a big 'tundra hump'. This was a 'walk in only' area so I had no wheeler. For the life of me, I couldn't roll him over, a comealong would have been pretty sweet to have right about then!

    The moose I shot last year died on a the side of a good-sized, pretty steep hill. My dad had a comealong with him, and we hooked it up to the antlers and pulled him up a little ways onto a spot that was sort of flat. We left him hooked up so he didn't roll down the hill into a nasty alder forest..... Very easy gut job, the insides all rolled right on down the hill!
    So yes, a comealong is worth it.
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    The weight don't mean a darned thing either, when you consider how much meat will be in the boat, or the thousand+ lbs of moose you need to move around for field dressing.

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    Hodgeman: Excellent recommendation!

    The ability to combine the rope winch with the hitchmaster (or similar block and tackle) makes for a nice recovery system.

    The hitchmaster could be easily rigged to something more like a 2:1? or 4:1? combination.... therefore, one wouldn't need to ratchet in 60 feet of line to move 10 feet.

    The hitchmaster allows one to get up to a 6:1 theoretical advantage. Add a second one (per their instructions) to obtain a theoretical 12:1 advantage. I haven't yet needed to use the hitchmaster in the 12:1 configuration, nor carry enough continuous rope to rely on such a benefit.

    On a side note: I've seen several posts about how members regularly burn up their winches. If they are running them till they stall (like their desire for larger winches would suggest); IMO, they would benefit greatly from the finesse obtained via the hitchmaster (or block and tackle) than an extra 1000 pounds of winch capacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    Yes, have needed one twice and was glad to have it both times.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BQtl2DVxKI
    Stid: Nice vid.... but the winching (with the cable come-a-long and no apparent mechanical multiplier) is painful to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainer_in_ak View Post
    I already mentioned it as the first reply to this thread.
    this forum is so goofy, i didn't see your post. it is backwards and I am having a hard time navigating it. some of my posts end up in the middle of a thread, some at the end, some at the beginning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theunseenowl View Post
    this forum is so goofy, i didn't see your post. it is backwards and I am having a hard time navigating it. some of my posts end up in the middle of a thread, some at the end, some at the beginning.
    Under settings you can change the layout of the forum regarding if it is oldest first or newest on top. I like oldest first so that I start from the oldest message on top and read down toward the latest post at the bottom then reply if I decide to after that. You can also adjust the number of posts shown per page which I max out (40/page) since I have decent "high-speed" internet.

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    Yeh I'd be snatch blockin that baby.

    Lightweight and all purpose- hit the ATV shop for a Warn Winch kit - 2 6ft nylon straps, 2 shackles and 1 snatch block.

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