A truck deer hoist is designed to allow hunters of all ages and physical abilities to still enjoy the sport and lifestyle of hunting. The hoist allows a single hunter to easily load the game into a vehicle to take home for dressing or to field dress. Below is a summary of common questions and concerns in regards to the use and application of a deer hoist.
How does the deer hoist function?
The deer hoist functions by securing the game with a gambrel hook and lifting with a manually operated winch. The frame of the hoist then swivels to allow the hunter to load the game into the truck bed or rear trunk space of an SUV. The lift frame is mounted to the vehicle’s trailer hitch receiver. Some models may include what is called a “foot base” that extends from the frame of the lift and and provides a more secure loading and lifting experience. This feature is essential when the weight of the hunted game is above 300 pounds.
What is required to install the deer lift?
The deer lift mounts to the hitch receiver of any vehicle. Keep in mind that the truck, SUV or car must have adequate suspension strength to carry the load of the hoist and the animal you are loading. Typically a class III or better hitch is required, although a class II 2″ hitch can usually work as well as long as the weight limit is not exceeded. It is not recommended to use a hitch adapter with a class I hitch due to the vertical weight load that is applied to the vehicle when using the hoist.
It is very important to check the weight limits, especially the vertical weight rating or both your hitch receiver and the vehicle that the hoist would be mounted to. Failure to check these weight limits can result in damaging of your vehicle.
Why is the deer hoist safer than traditional loading?
A truck deer hoist is safer for many reasons, the primary reason is that is keeps the hunter from having to lift the hundreds of pounds of deer, boar, hog or any other game that you may hunt. Most often the game is loaded with a few of your friends into the back of the truck bed. Many accidents to occur this way such as back injuries, strains, slips and falls. This is especially true for elderly hunters who still love the sport but are aging and thus more prone to injuries in this part of hunting.
Where Can I Find A Deer Hoist?
A deer hoist can sometimes be purchased locally, but often times they are only found online. Most hunting supply stores will carry the product with varying brands and models to suit all budgets.