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Bird hitch

Postby bluegoose18 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:27 pm

I've never used or seen one if these in person.
Can I hear some pros and cons in relation to this product? Was curious about how the function etc;:
Anyone try them on snows?
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby foldinducks » Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:00 pm

their video is quite fast and furious on snows, and mallards.try u tube.for the 140 dollars they want for one, most people just bust out their ol' buck knife.
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby tenfingergrip » Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:04 pm

Snows, ok. Mallards, ok. Canadas, no way...too tough. You need to have the extension to get the hitch up to about waist level and be slightly overweight! :yes:
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby NEHONKERS » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:24 pm

We use one in Canada and there is no better way to clean a bird with wing attached. We built our own riser/extension, it's actuall about even with your belly-button. Way easier on your back. For LEGALLY transporting birds it can't be beat. Snows/specks/mallards go easy, big Canada's are tough.
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby War Wagon » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:27 pm

Hope you bird has got 2 good Wings to pull on.
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby tenfingergrip » Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:59 am

NEHONKERS wrote:We use one in Canada and there is no better way to clean a bird with wing attached. We built our own riser/extension, it's actuall about even with your belly-button. Way easier on your back. For LEGALLY transporting birds it can't be beat. Snows/specks/mallards go easy, big Canada's are tough.


I also have made and added an extension to the bird hitch to get it up to waist high. I also mounted a receiver onto the trailer tongue to allow for breasting when the trailer is still attached. It will swivel out of the way when not in use. We hang the bird hitch inside the trailer or carry it in our 'game box' on top of the van.




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Re: Bird hitch

Postby mudpack » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:15 am

'Zat a 4-wheel drive van?
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby tenfingergrip » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:40 am

Good eye, packer! We had it custom installed by a group named Quigley Motors in Manchester, PA.
http://www.quigley4x4.com/

They are the only certified (I think) conversion company that has the blessings of both Ford, GM, and Nissan to install 4 wheel drive into vans they make (new) and still have the manufacturer's warranty in effect and not voided. The van, a 2006, is only used on our annual Canada Trips and is the second one we have had. This one has 80k miles on it. The first one, a 2000, is now in Churchill, Manitoba and is being used to view polar bears. The guy we sold it to had tracks installed in place of the tires to handle the snow!
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby tornadochaser » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:51 pm

Bird hitch is great when you get a pile of snows and have a group of guys that aren't the quickest cleaning birds for legal transport with a shears and knife. Meself included!

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Re: Bird hitch

Postby ZMillerTX » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:35 am

I bought one two seasons ago and im glad i did... it works real well on all ducks once you get the hang of it, even teal. There is one really big downfall to owning one though... my hunting buddies normally pile up there ducks on my tailgate to WATCH them get cleaned.
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby apexhunter » Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:41 pm

ZMillerTX wrote:I bought one two seasons ago and im glad i did... it works real well on all ducks once you get the hang of it, even teal. There is one really big downfall to owning one though... my hunting buddies normally pile up there ducks on my tailgate to WATCH them get cleaned.


Just charge 'em a beer per bird and you'll come out ahead...or they'll do their own while you watch.
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby ZMillerTX » Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:22 pm

apexhunter wrote:
ZMillerTX wrote:I bought one two seasons ago and im glad i did... it works real well on all ducks once you get the hang of it, even teal. There is one really big downfall to owning one though... my hunting buddies normally pile up there ducks on my tailgate to WATCH them get cleaned.


Just charge 'em a beer per bird and you'll come out ahead...or they'll do their own while you watch.


haha thanks for the tip... its either beer per bird or Im gonna start putting all the ducks in my freezer
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby hillbilly.. » Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:01 pm

one bad thing about them and it goes for just brestin them out lota leg meat seems to get tossed
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby tornadochaser » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:57 am

I haven't kept legs off snows since I started shooting them. If your keeping legs, might as well just chop the feet & head off, gut the bird, and not even skin it till you get home. Bird hitch shines as a way to quickly get the bulk of the meat in a means legal for transport in most states and canada. Some states do however require the head attached to the bird during transport for ducks.

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Re: Bird hitch

Postby jaysweet3 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:26 am

tornadochaser wrote:I haven't kept legs off snows since I started shooting them. If your keeping legs, might as well just chop the feet & head off, gut the bird, and not even skin it till you get home. Bird hitch shines as a way to quickly get the bulk of the meat in a means legal for transport in most states and canada. Some states do however require the head attached to the bird during transport for ducks.

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If you don't have to keep a wing for identification, do it with a knife. We use a bird hitch in Canada for out snow goose hunts. Five guys in an assembly line, cleaned 100 snows in less than 30 minutes. But when you get back home, and are procesing your meat, you still ave to do all the knife work. Takes just as long or longer when you total it up.
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby jaysweet3 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:24 pm

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Re: Bird hitch

Postby aunt betty » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:12 am

Buck knife. Those bird hitch things are kinda scary looking.
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby F250 » Fri May 10, 2013 4:12 am

We have been using a bird hitch in Sask. for a few years. It works very well on snows, lesser Canadas, and larger ducks. Wearing good gloves are a must for avoiding cuts from broken wing bones. It does not work well on the large Canadas !!
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby goldfish » Mon May 27, 2013 10:47 am

My friend had one and sold it because it was too much of a mess. Could have been an error in operation thing however.
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby Mallard06 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:24 am

Ive had one for 2 season and love it. Makes cleaning birds so easy and fast.
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby War Wagon » Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:42 pm

I got one. I want to sell it, let me know
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Re: Bird hitch

Postby cut_un » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:51 am

As stated...bigger the bird, less they tend to work... For snow geese & ducks, thing works great. Canada geese/ Swans,not so good!
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