Make deer processing at home or in the field easy with this use-anywhere tool from Viking Solutions

by Heath Wood

Hunters of all walks agree that convenience, simplicity, and performance are key equipment attributes that make hunting more enjoyable and productive. This goes for products used both on the trail and at camp or home. Viking Solutions offers several innovative items geared to make the “after-hunt” chores a lot easier. One of them is the Buck Up II game hoist.

The Buck Up II hoist provides the ideal solution for hanging deer easily at home, at camp, or on the road—wherever your hunt takes you. There’s no need to search for a suitable tree limb or carry a rope and block-and-tackle without to skin and quarter a deer or hog.

The Buck Up II weighs 51 pounds and uses a slip-fit construction that you can assemble in under 15 minutes. This heavy-duty model has a 98-inch lift height, enabling you to hang game weighing up to a 300 pounds courtesy of its 600-lb. winch. The tripod design has a cast iron top hub that joins the three powder-coated legs to provide ample maneuvering room for processing.

The hoist also comes with a detachable 21×14-inch aluminum accessory table, which is great for keeping your processing tools close at hand.

I used the Buck Up II game hoist this past year and found it perfect for processing game under a variety of conditions, especially when hunting away from home.

Breaking down game for butchering is always a challenge when you’re away from your permanent processing setup. Because the Buck Up II is easy to transport in a truck and to set up, there is no need for makeshift hanging operations. You can skin, quarter, or debone game wherever you park your vehicle or camp. In short, you can enjoy all the conveniences of processing from a permanent setup no matter where your travels take you.

The Buck Up II game hoist also solves many problems for hunters who “go it alone.” We’ve all struggled with hanging deer by ourselves. This hoist eliminates that struggle with its 600-lb winch and anti-reverse handle. Simply lower the gambrel to the animal, hook the legs, and winch it up to a comfortable working height. It definitely beats tying a rope to the bumper of your truck or ATV and pulling a deer up a tree branch.

Aside from deer processing convenience, the Buck Up II hoist can prevent injuries. Most of us have pulled muscles trying to raise an animal with a traditional rope and pulley. The winch hoist, combined with the anti-reverse handle, eliminates the muscle strain when raising the deer or lowering the carcass after processing.

I used the Buck Up II game hoist over the last year in conjunction with the 8-Piece Field Dressing Kit from HME. With the accessory tray in place, I could lay out the kit and switch between different types of knives and cutting tools without having to stop and look for them. The tray also kept my cutlery clean and within easy reach.

The Viking Buck Up II game hoist is a comprehensive game processing solution for the travelling hunter, the solo hunter, and even the backyard wild game butcher. For more information, visit

Heath Wood has been published in many major hunting magazines, websites, and blogs for over the last 15 years. His favorite topics include deer, turkey, and predator hunting. Wood has also appeared on Bass Pro Shop's Outdoor World TV, Hunters Specialties' The Stuff of Legends and the popular DVD series Cuttin' and Struttin', as well as the NWTF's Turkey Call TV. Heath enjoys helping introduce newcomers to hunting.

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