Have you ever dropped an item from your tree stand, climbed back down the latter to retrieve it, only to be busted by deer mid-climb? If you’re like me, there’s a pretty good chance that you answered “yes” to this question. I admit this has happened to me a couple of times, as I tend to drop my gloves and calls quite often. Deer can very easily be around without your knowledge, no matter how observant you are or how hard you listen. I recently ran across a page on Facebook for a product called “Jake’s Huntin Hook” and decided to put it to the test.
Jake's Huntin Hook is a nickel plated, barbless, weighted hook attached to 25 feet of Microcord that is wrapped around a small polyethylene foam tube. There is a carabiner clip attached to the end of the foam tube so you can secure it to your stand, fanny pack or belt loop to ensure you won’t drop the hook while trying to retrieve your item.
To use the hook, just drop the hook over the dropped item. The hook is weighted, so it will unroll itself quietly and quickly from the foam tube. Once the hook is over your item, drop it onto the item & pull up so the hooks can grab onto it. To test this, I dropped the items that I find myself dropping the most from the stand: gloves and deer calls. I was able to retrieve both items quickly and easily, without a lot of “fishing” required. Although the items that I dropped are very light weight, the Microcord has an 80 lb breaking point, so you are able to pick up heavier items with the hook as well.
Jake’s Huntin Hook has earned a permanent spot in my hunting pack. You may not need to use it often, but when you do it can really be a game changer! You can get your own for $12.95 + free shipping at www.jakeshuntinhook.com . They are available in pink and yellow.
Make sure you check out their website for some videos of Jake’s Huntin Hook in action!