The newest innovative game care multi-tool from Real Avid is designed to meet the needs of bird, small game hunters and more.
Most of us who own shotguns see them primarily as a bird hunting tool and rightfully so. However, I am little more universal in my scattergun use and include squirrels, rabbits, wild pigs and an occasional deer in my pantheon of potential shotgun targets. All of this means that rather than just using a pellet thrower during the fall bird season, I am just as likely to employ its advantages on a year-round basis. Wing, fur, hooves and antlers are all part of my own personal shotgun-hunting plan and that means I’ll need a knife, a choke tube tool and even a pin punch minor in-the-field shotgun repair.
Fortunately, for those who employ a shotgun during fall bird and small game seasons and beyond, the folks at Real Avid have come to the rescue. Their new WINGHUNTER multi-tool and game tote system is one of the best do-it-all accessories that any scattergun user can have. At the core of this product is a folding knife that features a 3-inch long, stainless steel blade that locks open by means of a liner locking mechanism. In addition, the knife frame holds a locking multi-purpose saw blade, a choke tube wrench (.410 bore to 10 gauge.), as well as a pin punch/bottle opener. The ergonomically designed knife handle scales are made from a tough thermoplastic material, with a series of four slightly resilient grip inserts.
The justification of all of this multi-tool versatility is easily realized for those who hunt a wide range of game with a shotgun. The drop-point main blade comes in handy field dressing any winged fowl, from upland game to waterfowl, as well as four legged beasts both large and small. The universal saw blade if fully capable of cutting brush, wood, bone and cartilage, all of which are assignments any multi-species shotgunner would encounter during a day in the field. Since most modern scatterguns are threaded for choke tube inserts, having an onboard wrench in the knife frame is a distinct advantage. Furthermore, many own several different shotguns in varying gauges, therefore, the right size wrench for every gauge, from the miniscule .410 bore to the mammoth 10 gauge, is the ultimate in single tool versatility.
Some may not understand why a pin punch is necessary, but believe me it will come in handy if you own a Remington 870 pump-gun. That particular firearm has a trigger assembly held in place by two retaining pins, both of which are easily removed with a pin punch. During a quail hunt, a tiny bit of sagebrush became lodged in the trigger assembly of my typically reliable pump-gun and I had to remove it in the field. Fortunately, the pin punch within the knife frame handled the assignment without a problem.
The usefulness of the WINGHUNTER isn’t limited to just the multi-tool function of the core element, the carrying case/game tote is equally as innovative and useful. Crafted from a heavy-duty nylon, that actual carry case pouch is attached directly to a larger game tote that can be carried on the belt, or slung over the shoulder. And there are four attachment straps for fowl or small game at either end of the game tote that are easily tucked-away when not needed.
With turkey season at hand, I put the WINGHUNTER saw blade to use building a make-shift ground blind, used the choke tube wrench to firmly seat the extra full choke tube in my shotgun barrel (a loose choke tube can seriously damage the barrel), and then employed the sharpened edge of the main blade to field dress the gobbler that came to the call shortly after sunrise fly-down.
Built as solidly as a tank, the WINGHUNTER is both innovative and functional. If you’re tired of carrying several different tools to deal with the many needful assignments that often accompany shotgun sports, then the WINGHUNTER is the ultimate solution to that quintessential problem. Best of all, the retail price is absolutely affordable, even for those on a tight budget.–Durwood Hollis