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- Using a Pulk as a Backcountry Ice Fishing Sled
Using a Pulk as a Backcountry Ice Fishing Sled
Anyone can access lakes that have nearby parking with a simple sled and rope tow. The real trick for serious ice fishermen is to be able to get back to those lakes that require skiing or snowshoeing for a long distance with lots of ups and downs. For these fishermen, the Snowclipper or even the Paris Expedition pulk makes perfect sense to be used as a backcountry ice fishing sled. Used with poles and a harness, you will have great control and enough space for the normal required ice fishing gear.
Here is the Snowclipper packed a couple different ways on ice fishing trips. On the left you see we substituted a rectangular 20 liter cat litter bucket / stool with plenty of storage in place of the usual round five gallon bucket. No problem getting the Mora 8 inch Strikemaster hand auger and Ameristep Alaskan Ice Shelter into the sled. Add a small cooler and we still have space for other essentials.
Here is the Paris packed with ice fishing gear on a couple different trips:
Using a pulk for a backcountry ice fishing sled allows great control for easier access to lakes that may have otherwise been out of reach.
Be sure to check out this article in the In-Fisherman magazine for more info on using a pulk sled to take advantage of good fishing at early ice or to fish remote, hard-to-reach waters.