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Pulling rope
« on: November 03, 2023, 08:17:59 PM »
Just wanting some insight on pulling rope. Have always used haywire for pulling elk out but wanting to switch over to rope. What size and tensile strength is everyone using. Gonna be used in western Washington so pulling over logs and around reprod and trees. Thanks.

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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2023, 08:40:38 PM »
5/8 Blue Steel. We used it on crab pots. The stuff is really strong and flexible. The okd Seattle Marine and Fisheries Supply has it in bulk.  Itís better than mule tape because it doesnít bind up in blocks.

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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2023, 08:44:20 PM »
Mule tape

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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2023, 08:45:02 PM »
5/8 Blue Steel. We used it on crab pots. The stuff is really strong and flexible. The okd Seattle Fish and Marine has it in bulk.
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5/8 is better than half but you'll need a large spool.

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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2023, 08:48:37 PM »
Mule tape
We tried mule tape for several elk. It worked well until it got into rocks. Once it knicked it broke frequently.  If you can keep it from being knicked it is great because it's really low stretch.

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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2023, 08:52:31 PM »
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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2023, 09:00:50 PM »
Mule tape, I have a 3000 yrd spool. It's usually enough to get a little lift kinda like high lead. I also use one of those kiddy sleds. Makes life much easier.

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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2023, 07:50:53 AM »
2500 pound mule tape. Get the right blocks and it wont bind up. Pulled a lot of elk with it.
1800 pound will work with deer, and I have made it work with elk, but much prefer the 2500 pound stuff.

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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2023, 09:01:46 AM »
We used haywire for a long time.  As long as you had someone who could make a good layout, it worked fine.  If the person making the layout siwashed it too bad...well then it would bite into something, and if nobody caught it in time, it was more of a pain than it was worth. 

Been using a Simpson winch, and 200' of 1/2 blue steel for over 20 years now.  It all goes into an old backpack, tied at the bottom of the pack.  Just take the winch out, tie the line around the head/neck, with a half hitch around the nose.  Walk to your next tree, and winch/repeat until you get where you're going.   I carry a lightweight block that I built, so I can rig a different direction if need be.  Getting them out whole makes for suck a nice clean animal! 

Saw some old guys years ago that used haywire and a big blue plastic barrel with an eyebolt in the middle of one side.  They had quartered it all up, put it in the barrel, screwed the lid on, and skidded it up to the landing.  He told us it came up, "just like a short-butt choked in the guts".  (All you choker-dogs will get that reference).

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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2023, 11:40:23 AM »
Yeah I used haywire for years. Had it from when I worked in the woods. Worked great and never had any issue. Pulled one elk out over 2200í but itís hard to handle then having. To coil it after. Also used mule tape from when I worked as an electrician. Hated it. It busted when burning over logs. Thatís why Iím wanting to go with rope on a spool. Have plenty of blocks, just trying to figure out what tensile strength and diameter I want to purchase.

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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2023, 11:52:12 AM »
5/8 bluesteel is 11k. Also a hitch mounted spool with a tbar makes it nice.

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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2023, 12:10:28 PM »
You wonít break the crab rope. You might break the elk but the rope wonít break.

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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2023, 10:04:42 PM »
Im having a guy make me an aluminum spool and I'll be using 3/8" bluesteel, its more than enough
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Re: Pulling rope
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2023, 10:09:28 PM »
Im having a guy make me an aluminum spool and I'll be using 3/8" bluesteel, its more than enough
Are you doing a hitch mounted spool? If not I can serve you pictures if you want.  Worked really slick but now I break all of my elk down.

 


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