Elk NetworkHow To Set Up Your Warn Winch

Gear 101 | July 24, 2017

When it comes to heading into the back country, it is best to always go prepared. Warn winch has you covered for recovering a vehicle from nearly any situation, pulling a log off a back road, snatching out of being buried in deep snow or recovering a big game animal such as an elk from a steep mountainside.

Before you head afield and pull, you need to make sure that your winch is properly set up. In this latest episode of Pursue The Wild, Tips From The Wild, Kristy Titus joins up with Pat Miewes from Warn Industries to demonstrate how to properly spool the winch cable onto the drum under the load of the vehicle.

Below you will find a list of basic accessories that you will want to have with you afield.

  • Gloves- Winch rope can slice skin therefore it is very important to have gloves with you to protect your skin.
  • Hook Strap- This is used to hold the hook of your winch cable to keep your fingers away from the fairlead as the winch is spooled in.
  • Snatch Block- This allows you to increase the pulling power of your winch and also change the pulling direction without damaging the winch cable.
  • D-Shackles- This is a safe means of connecting the looped ends of cables, straps and snatch blocks.
  • Tow Hooks- When secured properly to your vehicles frame, tow hooks provide an attachment point wire hooks, straps and chains.
  • Tree Saver- This nylon strap provides an attachment point for the winch cable as well as protecting living trees.
  • Recovery Strap- Designed to stretch the recovery strap to snatch out a stuck vehicle.
  • Winch Damper- This helps to prevent cable recoil in the event of failure helping to force the cable to the ground.