Tactical Fruit Picker..

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Well not really. That was just my wife poking fun at me this morning when I told her I was going to do a “gear” review this morning.

Why do you have to call it “gear”? Are you going to call it “tactical” too?

Living in two different worlds can be entertaining at times. The overuse of the word “tactical” in the youtube reviews she has overheard is nicely balanced by the ubiquitous usage of the word “consciousness” in her videos. While butchering a wild hog the other day I explained to her that in the past I would have been a prize catch for my hunting and trapping skills, to which she curtly replied “Well, I don’t eat my friends“.

The list goes on, but one thing that we both agree on is that dried pears are good.

I have been running my dehydrator non-stop over the last couple weeks after I found a “feral” pear tree growing in the yard on some land I trap. I call it “feral” because it is not pruned or managed and the landowner just lets the fruit rot on the ground. That is great for me, the only problem is that even standing on the roof of my truck, some of the pears are out of reach.

Enter the “Tactical Fruit Picker” and BPO’s first “Gear” review. I first saw one at the Wildfood Festival being used for pawpaws, so I knew it was the answer. Only $9.75 plus shipping http://www.amazon.com/TR20090-Fruit-Picker-Head/dp/B000UGM6YW/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1384784784&sr=1-1&keywords=fruit+picker+head

It attaches via hose clamp to any pole about 1 inch or so in diameter. I attached it to one of my telescoping gigging poles. Once attached, I could not resist the urge to yell “Spartans” and playfully attack my wife.

How did it do on pears though? Great. Solid construction and you can fit multiple pears in the basket. A good buy for the price, even though it is not available in Multicam.

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9 thoughts on “Tactical Fruit Picker..

  1. Mike

    They are a lot safer than climbing a ladder.
    My grandfather made one out of a large tin can. A couple of screws to attach it to a pole, and a vee cut in the opposit side to cut the stems. He used it for apples mostly.
    If you hit it with some black spray paint you could call it tactical

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  2. nicolec

    When I lived in So Cal, almost everyone house an old picker lying around for their citrus trees. I purchased the same one last year but with the pole (also for pears) and it’s a good one.

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    1. bigpigoutdoors Post author

      Granny in FL has a rusted one in her back yard that was her father’s. I am going to have to re-dip it as the vinyl coating has worn off and it has rusted up. It will be a cool heirloom for my wife.

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    1. Mike

      Never mind, I answered my own question (you mention paw paw in the post re: your trip down here for you high school reunion). Thanks
      Mike

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      1. bigpigoutdoors Post author

        Hey Mike, those pawpaws were back in Nashville after my Florida trip. I haven’t personally gathered any pawpaws in Florida, but I have read there are several varieties down there.

  3. Mike

    I was looking at a wild foods website today. This fellow spends at least part of his time in FL, and he had an entry about paw paws. So I know they are here, now to hunt them down. I could always plant some I suppose.
    Mike

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    1. bigpigoutdoors Post author

      That is one good thing about Florida, so many fruit growing options. We stopped at a nursery last trip and the guy was trying to sell us “Miracle Fruit” claiming it made everything taste sweeter. I thought it was just a sales pitch, but we tried it out there and it was pretty amazing. Next time we drive down, we are going to bring one back to grow indoors.
      Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synsepalum_dulcificum

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