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Offline markinohio

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Bushwhacking sled?
« on: Feb 22, 2021, 01:08 PM »
Iím well below the ice belt, and consistently good ice is very rare. Iím usually not able to just pick a convenient access point, and simply walk across the lake to fish a spot. Good ice can only be accessed by small hiking trails, or more frequently making my own trail in steep/rough terrain.

I know that I need to reduce what I carry, but an electric drill auger, small hub shelter, and little buddy heater make ice fishing much more enjoyable.

I can easily fit all my gear into a Jet Sled 1, and the sled (lightly loaded) is fine on the lake even in heavy snow.

Just curious if other types of sleds (like a game sled or pulk hiking sled) would be better for dragging gear to the lake over rough terrain? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Offline hardwater diehard

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Re: Bushwhacking sled?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 22, 2021, 02:57 PM »
I just got the Jet sled XL added the runner kit ..I really like it more gear and pulls very easy . I also have an Otter the same size ..although bullet proof it just does not glide through the ice ..add ANY snow sucks even more . Weight difference between the two I believe 10 lbs.
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Offline badger132

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Re: Bushwhacking sled?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 22, 2021, 05:52 PM »
If you don't have snow, a wagon might be a lot easier dragging than a sled. It would pull easy on bare ice or bare dirt, which I assume you have a lot of. There are garden carts and collapsable cart for kids sports gear, even coolers with wheels that might work. If I were closer, I have a cart I used to bring in firewood I would donate to the cause.

Offline Icemole

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Re: Bushwhacking sled?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 22, 2021, 06:04 PM »
 I'm "fringe" ice belt and below the snow belt most years. Our main lake is about a 1/4mile back a dirt road. Lots of guys use "little red wagons", 2 wheeled carts or some other home made cart. A few even put wheels on their sleds that they can either move or take off once on the ice. 

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Offline jiignut

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Re: Bushwhacking sled?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 27, 2021, 10:02 AM »
Gorilla Wagon from Home Depot is great for the money. Nice big pneumatic tires, good height and ingenious dumping system. Mostly for bringing in the firewood. Iíd say handle needs an extension though unless they fixed that over the years since mine.
Used it for walk in fishing on paved closed campground roads. Tried to ride it downhill once, not a good steering position. Didnít end well.


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