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Heck Pack Game Transporter

Heck Pack Game Transporter

How many times have you cursed the fact that you did not bring a suitable container or bag to keep the interior of your vehicle from being soiled from the game you have just shot? Not only do you risk contaminating the upholstery, as most cars and even 4WDs, come with carpeted boots these days and also run the risk of rabbit fleas and deer ticks, not to mention the smell of a dog fox! There are plastic buckets and containers available on the market, but these still have to be stored within the vehicle, where the smell can still be a problem and temperature is not usually conducive to correct meat preservation.

Description

Enter the Heck-Pack Game Transporter from Julian Savory at JMS Arms, which is an external carrier for all types of game that fits in seconds to the standard 50mm ball hitch on your tow bar. It comprises of a ball hitch clamp attachment with secure lock, securing bolts and a heavy duty galvanised steel carrier. These come in two sizes to fit the game species you shoot, 1000mm (most popular) and 1200mm. That is the width dimension with all the carriers being 500mm length from front to back. The steel and galvanising is typical German-quality with high-grade steel that does not bend or fracture and a really thick galvanising layer, with all the weld joints and corners liberally covered. This is a quality product designed to be used hard and survive the rigours of outdoor use, price is £199.00.

In fact, you are not limited to just carrying game; many people use them for transporting bulk feed for livestock, transporting injured animals, hay bales, malodorous or toxic chemicals, petrol cans or all manner of farm or forestry machinery, including chainsaws and mowers. There is a special attachment for quad bike use also, making it very attractive to highland stalkers, hill farmers and forestry workers alike.

Obviously, if the vehicle is to be taken on the road, common sense states that a cover is thrown over the game, to avert prying eyes; usually, a builder’s bulk bag is sufficient, tied down with bungee straps. Alternatively, you could order a purposebuilt plastic tray with optional cover that sits directly into the carrier’s frame and avoids blood or fluids leaking onto the road or grass. Prices £50.00 each.

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Julian Savory also offers a purpose-built green waterproof cover that covers the top and sides of the plastic tray/ bucket and is held in place with metal clips on stretchable cord and well worth the £50 extra.

Kit form

Some of you ‘money conscious’ shooters may be saying, “great idea, but I want to make my own sized carrier to fit my particular needs” – no problems! JMS Arms will supply just the Hand Attachment Clamp; so, you can have freedom to fit any style carrier you dream up. This retails for only £89 and comes with everything you need for fitment to a 50mm ball hitch. If you are a farmer or forestry worker with a particular load that is awkward to carry or is hazardous, then this option allows a very cost-effective way to answer your needs.

How it works

The carriers are self-explanatory, just load your item into the carrier and secure it safely. The hand clamp is simplicity itself; it comprises of a metal housing 4-inches by 3-inches that retains the two halves of the ball hitch clamp. The fixed section is secured to the outer wall and remains static, but there is a large 10mm bolt fitted to the exterior that allows adjustment to give a lighter or firmer grip to the ball hitch when mounted. The other side has a moveable half of the clamp that pivots to allow the trailer ball hitch to enter and then become sandwiched between the two halves when the large, exterior 11-inch handle is locked down. This handle has a rubber grip and a pivoting adjustment, but it is set for a 90-degree arc and there is also a padlock eye hole to secure it in place to stop untoward removal (padlock supplied) and there is a retractable safety plunger that has to be pulled out and rotated before the operating clamp handle can be moved. Altogether a simple device but very well engineered and thought out.

It takes literally seconds to pull out the safety plunger, lift the handle to open the clamp jaws, then fit on to the ball hitch on the vehicle, centre the carrier and lower the handle and it is securely locked in place. I jumped up and down on the unit and it remained perfectly in place; so, no fears of it working loose on a bumpy track back to the logging shed or farm buildings

Conclusion

Often, the best ideas are the simplest ideas and the Heck- Pack Game Transporter is a very effective way to carry all manner of objects, without soiling your vehicle. There are enough options to cater for most people’s needs; but if not, the hand attachment clamp only option will appeal to you. Even if you are an occasion stalker, the carrier has obvious benefits, especially if transporting deer on a hot day in the summer. Professional stalkers, forestry workers, gamekeepers, farmers and wildlife rangers could also think up a few unique uses for this system and would make an invaluable tool I am sure. Please note: there are inferior copies available that are badly made and are in no way up to the standard of these Germanmade original designs.

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  • Name: Heck-Pack Game Transporter
  • Price: £199 Plastic tray: £50 Cover: £50 Hand Attachment Clamp: £89
  • Contact: JMS Arms jmsarms.com gametransporter.co.uk

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