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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMarch 20 - March 26, 2019

Hunting & Hooking Season

0 2934eby Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

With all the species and absolutely beautiful hunting areas, Wyoming is a hunter's paradise to be sure.

Hunting is where this week's tale begins. Around 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 15, Shawn Norberg of Norberg's Towing Service in Green River, received a call for assistance from a friend.

Being deer-hunting season, a hunter friend of Shawn's friend had come in from Utah with his tags for hunting deer in Wyoming.

"He was outback in a Polaris Ranger side-by-side when he flipped the Polaris and it wound up on its side about 15 feet down in a ditch," Shawn said. "The driver escaped relatively unharmed, except for some bruises and an egg-shaped knot on his hip where he hit the sidebar."

Shawn went for his old reliable AATAC 10-ton wrecker mounted on a 1994 GMC, with an aftermarket 4x4 setup.

He loaded the light-duty on the Animal, a 1997 International 4900 with a DT466 and a nine-speed trans. It has a 28' deck with two winches and an SP-8000 side-puller. He headed out alone to where the accident occurred.

"It is quite a drive from our yard," Shawn said. "Once I got out to the area he was hunting, I met my friend in his pickup and followed him 10 miles on the main dirt road. I unloaded the AATAC off of The Animal and then drove another two miles on what is nothing but a 4x4 track to get to where the side-by-side was in the ditch."

Shawn walked down to the vehicle and rigged it to first get it back on its wheels before bringing it up.

"I flip it in the ditch using (a) little electric winch on the front of the Polaris; tied off to a sage brush (with) assistance from the lines of the AATAC," Shawn said.

Once it was back on its wheels, Shawn attached the lines of the AATAC to the front of the Polaris and winched it back up the hill.

"Once I got it up on the hill," Shawn said, "we had to let it sit for a while to allow the oil to get out of the cylinder and he was able drive it out. He didn't get any deer that day, but my sons have already filled their tags since the season started.

"I always look forward to hunting season, as does my whole family," he said. "It's a big part of our family tradition and the culture of Wyoming."

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