Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
blueroof

Wilcraft fishing vehicles

7 posts in this topic

Anyone have first hand feedback on using these units? I'm looking for positives and negatives regarding real experiences operating and fishing out of them.

I'm thinking heavily about purchasing one. I dropped over to the Maplewood location and did a test drive, they seem really solid and the safety aspect is a big seller. I will need to sell an ATV that I don't use for anything other than ice fishing to facilitate the purchase. I'm a little worried of trading a vehicle with a sweet motor, for a Briggs and Stratton large lawnmower engine. Should I be worried about an engine like that on the ice?

Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would reccomned looking at the new SnoBear if your serious about a mobile fishing unit. Wouldn't give mine up for anything! The people on this site would get sick of reading this post before I got done telling you everything I love about it! wink

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been in the Wilcraft several times and personally I think the negatives outweight the positives. I liked it at first, but the novelty wore off. We got high-centered easily and I wouldn't say that the motor and gearbox are industrial strength.

+ Floats

+ self-propelled tricked-out portable

- lawn mower engine (speed and power)

- low ground clearance/breakover angle

- 2wd

- tight quarters/little headroom

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wilcraft looks really cool, but then I try and imagine it on LOW, with slabbed up drifts, pressure ridges, and soft snow. I just dont see it working well given it ground clearance, small tires, 2wd and low power.

I know how much trouble a regular ATV has with these conditions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I second the snobears... wicraft may only work until ice ridges form and it starts to snow

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey guys, would love to get a snobear. They don't seem practical for fishing the St. Croix, that is where I will be using it most of the time. Can those snobears float and extract themselves from open water?

Thanks for the information. Any more feedback on the wilcraft vehicles?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have fished in the Wilcraft numerous times. I have not used one for the past 3 years but I will say this, for early ice, you cannot beat it. I was on Mille lacs and 5 miles out when others could only go out a mile or less.

One thing that is very important to operate in deeper snow is to have the front end higher than the rear and also have the rear duals and track system included and then it will go in somewhat deeper snow.

The shifter I believe was upgraded so it is now a little tougher.

It is very light and portable. If they increased the size inside, that also will have made it a better machine. It will do about 25 mph, so thats not to bad.

I do believe they also make a camo version so one could also use it for some hunting applications too. One would need to check but I do believe that they put an industrial engine in it and one could also upgrade to a higher hp.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • I've never tried my booya poppin pad crashers Yet but are they really bad or just not as good? Just wondering.
    • Well, I got the bow out today and it took about a dozen shots to get it sighted in then I shot this group at 30 yards.    I am impressed with this CB. The trigger is really thing that I'm not impressed with but I have nothing to compare it to. It seems like there is 40 acres of creep before it releases.
    • Ya I don't know do I dare say I almost like it better than deer hunting... Cant sit with him tonight but came up with a game plan wouldn't be surprised if he sticks one tonight  
    • I am still hunting yet Moose. I go to Nebraska in a few weeks. I am archery in mn. starting to see more active birds. Going to wait and shoot a tom. Nice having 4 birds already on the team. How does a guy post pictures right from your cell phone to here so I can post Dillons info on his tom.
    • Went out today in the metro areas without any luck. Didn't even see any ramps in the usual spots, and I thought they were earlier than the morels. 
    • Day 4 Morning   I think we were both tired of trying to call birds across private fences, so we decided to try going for the distant gobbles I heard when I shot my bird.   There was actually a decent gravel road that went into this area and allowed us to have an easy walk into where I felt the birds should be.   We got in early to try to get there ahead of any other hunters, but it didn't seem to matter.   Forest roads were abundant, so walking was easy.  We went right to the spot I had a bird gobble from a few days prior, and waited.     It didn't take long for the flock to start making noise, and we only had to move a little ways to get close to them.   As usual the turkeys all came down and went away from us.  They set up shop on a long ridge and seemed content to just stay there.   We had no easy approach so set up our own position on the forest road we were on which was covered in tracks.   Other birds were gobbling in the distance the opposite way, and when one sounded close we chose to go for him.   Nothing came of that little walk other than the loss of a $65 custom call...  On the plus side we found a nice deer skull.     Back to the flock, one gobbler would respond to a crow call, so we knew they were still up on the hill.  We made a painfully slow walk straight at them since they were high enough up they hopefully wouldn't see us.  When we got to the timber they stopped responding, so we guessed they went over the top.  We worked our way up and found where they had been feeding.  Just shy of the top we set up to call just in case they were over the lip of the hill.     We received an immediate response to some lite hen yelps and clucks.  A hen with the gobbler was not at all pleased that we were there.  We got into a bit of a yelling match with her.  She was coming closer, dragging the gobbler with her.  When I heard drumming I motioned for my uncle to get the gun up since he was still calling.  In a few moments I saw a tail fan cresting the hill.  He angled left, looked around, went behind a tree.  I heard him go into strut and drum...   BANG!           
    • Day 3 Afternoon   We went for a short walk into the area I thought I heard the birds gobble in the distance when I shot my bird.  We couldn't find any birds and were nearly done with our walk when I glassed across a cow pasture and saw birds up in some trees!   I quickly checked the map and found that they were dangerously close to public land.   We made a dash for the car.   The walk in to this spot was pretty short and very close to houses and the farm that had the cows.   We ended up close to the fence and I felt the turkeys we saw should be just below us.   Some whitetail deer spooked and then turkeys started filing past along the fence.  I counted four or five hens, but no gobbler.  We stayed a bit and crow called thinking maybe a flock got busted up.  In the end we just backed out without spooking the hens off. 
  • Our Sponsors