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Dr.feelgood
06-17-2013, 09:52 PM
I got a brand new stiletto stuck in a tree today and I just couldn't get it down. I nailed it with a rock but it was stuck to good and its too high to poke it out with any kind of stick so I'm wondering if anyone else has any ideas.

Phantom Discs
06-17-2013, 09:54 PM
Powerade.

InnocentCrook
06-17-2013, 09:55 PM
How high is it? I've always used a lacrosse ball but you mentioned the rock couldn't get it. Too high for a collapsible tent pole?

anathematize
06-17-2013, 09:55 PM
beanbag

DavidInIowa
06-17-2013, 10:01 PM
A guy I occasionally play with brings a slingshot and golf balls for this kind of problem.

I don't know how well it works, but it's probably more sensible than a rope and grappling hook.

Mixed Bag Madness
06-17-2013, 10:01 PM
Slingshot.

DGRZ001
06-17-2013, 10:04 PM
Lacrosse ball. I carry one in my bag.

Otherwise, climb the tree.

Fraser
06-17-2013, 10:07 PM
Slingshots with larger projectiles work really well. Don't use small pebbles or buckshot BBs. I've punctured a DX disc with buckshot. The disc came down though.

Tiny
06-17-2013, 10:12 PM
Pet dragon is my favorite. But I usually use a baseball.

Central Scrutinizer
06-17-2013, 10:13 PM
I carry about ten golf balls in the pocket of my bag, can't remember ever having to leave a Disc in a tree.

I understand there is a version of Disc Golf you can play with these balls. You have to hit them with a stick, and count your "hits" like you're supposed to count throws. Very, very expensive and full of overly well-dressed people. Sounds kooky if you ask me...

DanJon
06-17-2013, 10:15 PM
I always carry a baseball in my bag.

Central Scrutinizer
06-17-2013, 10:15 PM
Slingshots with larger projectiles work really well. Don't use small pebbles or buckshot BBs. I've punctured a DX disc with buckshot. The disc came down though.

Tackleberry? Is that you?

PhattD
06-17-2013, 10:23 PM
Climb

chickenonabun
06-17-2013, 10:27 PM
I'm usually dumb enough to throw a disc at it, and if that gets stuck then I usually climb the tree. I've climbed many trees that you would not think would be climbable.

eegor
06-17-2013, 11:00 PM
Half full water bottle flies like a missile. Shake the tree if it's small enough. Climb till you can if it's large.

HeavyCritters
06-17-2013, 11:13 PM
I carry about ten golf balls in the pocket of my bag, can't remember ever having to leave a Disc in a tree.

I understand there is a version of Disc Golf you can play with these balls. You have to hit them with a stick, and count your "hits" like you're supposed to count throws. Very, very expensive and full of overly well-dressed people. Sounds kooky if you ask me...

MEGA LULZ :hfive:

Golf balls FTW, though. Easy to toss, easy to retrieve.

j0atz
06-17-2013, 11:22 PM
Climb or throw some big sticks at it...or a baseball.

Dr.feelgood
06-17-2013, 11:28 PM
I've hit it dead on with a large rock several times so its way to stuck to throw something at it and the tree is too difficult for me to climb. And its probably about 50 feet high so its practicly impossible to get any kind of pole long enough without being to flexible. I might try the slingshot idea tomorrow.

KnightsDG
06-17-2013, 11:32 PM
I just had this happen to me with my new shark3 at river city nature park in debary. Palm frawns surrounded it so I had no way of throwing something at it. I tried bear hugging the tree and shaking it but it was to stuck. I also have used a waterbottle, some good ideas in here though. I am gonna start carrying some golf balls for this purpose.

iacas
06-17-2013, 11:40 PM
Hockey pucks. Just put some bright tape on them so you can find them.

sisyphus
06-17-2013, 11:53 PM
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...just kidding :D

Fraser
06-17-2013, 11:56 PM
Tackleberry? Is that you?

Nope. Just someone who thought it would be a good idea. It was the first time I used it and I really didn't need to pull back that far. Hit the disc right by the rim and that disc did a lot of somersaults. Pretty cool to watch. Luckily it wasn't someone's disc from my group and it wasn't inked. Hanging on the wall now. DX wraith.

100Birds2Squirrels
06-17-2013, 11:59 PM
A friend of mine carries a Fat Max measuring tape. They are super sturdy and can maneuver through branches pretty well. I think he has a 25 footer but I think they make them longer.

Grungedude42
06-18-2013, 12:00 AM
https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRutFpwlB3XxMM-cWzK8WPHpgsJrDBNEVoKm64dn-i6X284iPLN5Q




...just kidding :D

:hfive:14th club in my golf bag (the mysterious sport mentioned earlier)

2nding hockey puck.

Blackened
06-18-2013, 12:29 AM
I carry a baseball and a 17' FatMax

iacas
06-18-2013, 12:33 AM
I carried a baseball…

…until it got stuck in a tree. Now I use the hockey puck like I mentioned above. :)

hk chef
06-18-2013, 12:41 AM
You can always use a baseball.. Drill the center and tie a rope through it for those high spots. I'm pretty sure you could shake some branches that way!

Mulligan McGee
06-18-2013, 02:49 AM
Ive seen a dart gun used before (blunt darts)

Royalhghnss
06-18-2013, 03:23 AM
A friend of mine carries a Fat Max measuring tape. They are super sturdy and can maneuver through branches pretty well. I think he has a 25 footer but I think they make them longer.

I have a friend that does this too... o hi buddy!

For the record I think it's a 30 footer, and it saved one of my discs yesterday.

archmage
06-18-2013, 03:32 AM
http://mediacdn.shopatron.com/media/mfg/12710/product_image/thm/t355_3fccdc26217040cf4956879ce34af9bb.jpg

Ricta
06-18-2013, 03:43 AM
Lacrosse/baseball is good. DON'T use your powerade! If it lands on the cap, you're SOL. Use a nalgene instead!

Leroy
06-18-2013, 04:48 AM
Usually I just don't throw at the tree. But if I'm in some sort of odd ball mood and I get a disc stuck in a tree I go and get my cherry picker from the parking lot. Works like a charm.

Central Scrutinizer
06-18-2013, 06:14 AM
One of the nice things about golf balls is that they're cheap and disposable; all of the ones in my bag have been found for free over the years. While I like the idea of a baseball due to its increased likelihood of hitting and dislodging the Disc per attempt, you would have to keep chasing it down if you missed. With a dozen golf balls, you stand and fire away rapidly, and who cares if you can't find a couple of them afterward? This scenario might happen to me once every two or three years, to be honest, and by the time it happens again, I've incidentally found enough golf balls walking about my life to replenish the supply in my bag. Cost = $0, space/weight in bag = minimal, effort = minimal.

(And yes, I capitalize "Disc" but not "golf ball" on purpose.)

DaDiscDude
06-18-2013, 06:31 AM
Hockey pucks. Just put some bright tape on them so you can find them.

THIS. Heavy like boulders. :thmbup:

thrembo
06-18-2013, 06:35 AM
Send my brother into the tree after it. He is quite the climber, and seems to enjoy it.

Martin Dewgarita
06-18-2013, 07:40 AM
Trained Monkey

krupicka
06-18-2013, 07:49 AM
Fat max measuring tape. Also good for pulling discs out of the water too.

bradharris
06-18-2013, 08:24 AM
Climb

This. I've climbed many trees to retrieve discs.

sugarnot
06-18-2013, 08:31 AM
Here ya go. This should get interesting.

well crap I cant get my meme to post

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Kenny53691
06-18-2013, 08:47 AM
I understand there is a version of Disc Golf you can play with these balls. You have to hit them with a stick, and count your "hits" like you're supposed to count throws. Very, very expensive and full of overly well-dressed people. Sounds kooky if you ask me...

Nice!

I typically just throw my water bottle. If you bottle is empty, fill it at a local water source. You can urinate in the bottle too, but cross your fingers the lid don't come off. (I wouldn't recommend using that bottle again for anything, but at least pick up your litter.) ;)

rd.bittle
06-18-2013, 08:57 AM
Golf ball or climb.

Fat Max tape measure works up to a point, too.

1978
06-18-2013, 09:11 AM
Anyone say chainsaw?

BangChaians
06-18-2013, 09:28 AM
Tie a string around a rock or ball or something then throw the rock with the string attached over the branch that the disc is in. Now take both ends of the string or rope and shake the branch violently. It should come down if you get the string on the right branch. :thmbup:

ohtobediscing
06-18-2013, 10:02 AM
Slingshot is a good option. Everything else[water bottle, baseball, other discs, hockey puck] will eventually get caught in the tree. Seen it happen.

Thumber
06-18-2013, 10:24 AM
Paintball gun

DiscChainBasket18
06-18-2013, 10:27 AM
A buddy of mine's disc got stuck in a tree. It was one of his favorite discs & he was not going to leave without it! We started throwing stuff at the disc trying to get it down. We threw rocks, golf balls, sticks, water bottles, other discs. Others playing through also took a crack at it. One guy had a baseball & threw that at it a couple times with no luck. Then we tried climbing the tree. Actually my buddy hoisted his GF on his shoulders & she attempted to climb the tree. Not working & very dangerous (why risk breaking your neck trying to get a disc out of a tree?). We were there for like 30 minutes or more, all in vain. I looked around in the bushes & found a long tree branch. This branch was about 3" in diameter at the base & about 25' long. It was hard to hoist it up it was so long. I tossed this up at the branch the disc was sitting on & it finally came down out of the tree!

filobedo
06-18-2013, 10:34 AM
Telescoping light bulb installer (I think they go up to about 20' 25')you can get at local home improvement store. I saw a guy using one of these once that had something attached to get discs down.

1978
06-18-2013, 11:02 AM
Met a guy at the Ocala Greenway course (i believe) who walked the course with a slingshot every day. Had found 6 that day in trees, calls the number and returns them. Not sure he even plays DG.

ejvogie
06-18-2013, 11:17 AM
You can always use a baseball.. Drill the center and tie a rope through it for those high spots. I'm pretty sure you could shake some branches that way!

This. Just be sure to use a long enough rope, or it may get stuck as well. Perhaps some monofilament would work...

Goon13
06-18-2013, 11:28 AM
I have a low powered air soft pistol - really small, came free in a jar of air soft BBs. Muzzle Velocity around 180 ft /sec. Won't move a disc wedged in branch, but can knock a disc that is resting on branch. Hasn't damaged premium plastics, not sure about DX. I use it as a "last resort" when rocks and sticks don't work.

PFort
06-18-2013, 11:30 AM
I use a kite pole with a hook on the end. I got the 20 ft model from this seller and it has worked well so far.

http://www.kansaswinds.com/Poles.html

BogeyNoMore
06-18-2013, 11:32 AM
Trained Monkey

Now there's a selling point for Gorilla Boy: "Our bags come with trained monkeys who retrieve treed discs... just don't run out of bananas."


On 2nd thought, I don't wanna put up with the mess on all the courses. :thmbdown:

BogeyNoMore
06-18-2013, 11:49 AM
Tie a string around a rock or ball or something then throw the rock with the string attached over the branch that the disc is in. Now take both ends of the string or rope and shake the branch violently. It should come down if you get the string on the right branch. :thmbup:

I like this idea - thought comes to mind of a 2-3 oz banked fishing weight and some strong nylon twine. You could throw a rig like that way up into a tree easier than a ball or rock. Takes less space in bag, just gotta keep 40-50 feet of twine nice'n'neat to avoid getting tangled in your bag.

Thing is, to this point, discs in trees has been a fairly infrequent issue during my rounds.

* realizes he's just cursed himself - will likely lose 2-3 discs in trees over the next week or so.

** realizes that if he carries such a device in his bag, fate is such that he'll likely never need it... all the more reason to carry one!

InnocentCrook
06-18-2013, 01:00 PM
Arborists use throw weights (essentially small weighted sand bags with a hoop to attach a line to.) for setting up their safety lines.

Throw weights/line. (http://www.arborist.com/category/1131/Throw-Weights-%26-Lines.html)

The throw weight with a line could be a useful tool on the dg course.

1978
06-18-2013, 01:53 PM
One of the nice things about golf balls is that they're cheap and disposable; all of the ones in my bag have been found for free over the years. While I like the idea of a baseball due to its increased likelihood of hitting and dislodging the Disc per attempt, you would have to keep chasing it down if you missed. With a dozen golf balls, you stand and fire away rapidly, and who cares if you can't find a couple of them afterward? This scenario might happen to me once every two or three years, to be honest, and by the time it happens again, I've incidentally found enough golf balls walking about my life to replenish the supply in my bag. Cost = $0, space/weight in bag = minimal, effort = minimal.

(And yes, I capitalize "Disc" but not "golf ball" on purpose.)

10 golfballs/1 lb. Dont have the space or back to carry the extra weight of all these ideas for every round...especially when it is relatively easy to just find golfball sized rocks in most places I play

sprintermatt
06-18-2013, 02:37 PM
Ash.

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRFF0vmeNSjdmLupEY5pZUbJZ2HYcn4V lXvqa5trJ61XJuwg6EY

Come get some.

Steve West
06-18-2013, 03:15 PM
I have a low powered air soft pistol ...

Uh, careful there. Don't bring it to courses that are on school grounds, for example.

chrishysell
06-18-2013, 03:17 PM
throw rollers

Kenny53691
06-18-2013, 04:17 PM
Met a guy at the Ocala Greenway course (i believe) who walked the course with a slingshot every day. Had found 6 that day in trees, calls the number and returns them. Not sure he even plays DG.

I'd like to shake his hand...

Dr.feelgood
06-18-2013, 04:54 PM
Telescoping light bulb installer (I think they go up to about 20' 25')you can get at local home improvement store. I saw a guy using one of these once that had something attached to get discs down.

Already tried it. Wasn't long enough and I ended up bending it.

kerplunk
06-18-2013, 08:24 PM
I didn't read the whole thread, but a paintball gun works great!

sansho
06-18-2013, 08:53 PM
Fatmax seems to be one of the best ways to go. Since you get can them in up 40 ft.

http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-33-725-25-Feet-FatMax-Measure/dp/B00002PV66/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371603101&sr=8-1&keywords=fatmax

discoholic
06-18-2013, 08:56 PM
Climb it. If the tree gets to skinny, shake it out

DG_Before_Breakfast
06-18-2013, 08:57 PM
Fatmax seems to be one of the best ways to go. Since you get can them in up 40 ft.

http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-33-725-25-Feet-FatMax-Measure/dp/B00002PV66/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371603101&sr=8-1&keywords=fatmax

My buddy has a tape measure, but it flops over around 15-20 feet so you need to run it along a branch for support. Not sure he has a fatmax though.

I throw rocks, or just cry and then buy another. I think I've lost 3 Discs on the first throw in my short career already.

Goon13
06-18-2013, 09:10 PM
Uh, careful there. Don't bring it to courses that are on school grounds, for example.

It's clear plastic, looks like a squirt gun. But I don't take it out of the bag if I'm on school ground or busy park. Not worth the hassle of explaining myself to the authorities.

DaDiscDude
06-18-2013, 09:40 PM
Now there's a selling point for Gorilla Boy: "Our bags come with trained monkeys who retrieve treed discs... just don't run out of bananas."


On 2nd thought, I don't wanna put up with the mess on all the courses. :thmbdown:

But they are TRAINED monkeys. Eh? :D

Dr.feelgood
06-18-2013, 09:52 PM
I brought a high power slingshot and a bag of rocks to the course today. I hit the disc 6 times and its still ****ing stuck!

Stoneberg
06-18-2013, 10:37 PM
I brought a high power slingshot and a bag of rocks to the course today. I hit the disc 6 times and its still ****ing stuck!

You know what you have to do now.
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aajpity
06-19-2013, 04:41 AM
Falcon. It's a long process. Years and you devote tone of time with training, permits, and care. Not to mention all the money. But it will pay for itself in a few years.

HardstyleBeast
06-19-2013, 05:50 AM
The best way I have recovered things from trees is using a heavy dist like a boomerang. You want to hit the branch just above the object and it should get shook loose.

MrFixIt
06-19-2013, 07:41 AM
I brought a high power slingshot and a bag of rocks to the course today. I hit the disc 6 times and its still ****ing stuck!

Dang!
Maybe it was meant to be...
Hope you get it down!

Johnny Conservative
06-19-2013, 07:57 AM
I would say a chainsaw.

1978
06-19-2013, 09:21 AM
I would say a chainsaw.

I already said chainsaw, but what about if there is an owl nest in there or a reticulated green salamander lives in the roots!??!!

My 69 Y/o dad climbed a cedar at AM Nats last year in the final round, to retrieve one of my discs. He was on blood thinners and it looked like he was goign to bleed out for the next 5-6 holes.

Dudelsacker
06-19-2013, 11:02 AM
A buddy's disc got stuck in a tree for a few weeks - way to high to get up to; we're talking an easy 60 feet here. After a big wind storm I went to go see if it had dropped out, and found three discs lying in the fairway. What a good day that was. :D

joshmo65
06-19-2013, 11:39 AM
Slingshot is a good option. Everything else[water bottle, baseball, other discs, hockey puck] will eventually get caught in the tree. Seen it happen.

If bottles, baseballs, and hockey pucks get stuck in the tree, what makes you think that throwing a slingshot up at it wouldn't?

KniceZ
06-19-2013, 12:15 PM
sorry dude - buy a replacement and move on.

treehorn
06-19-2013, 12:20 PM
Don't throw it in the trees..:p

papamullins
06-19-2013, 12:22 PM
I got a brand new stiletto stuck in a tree today and I just couldn't get it down. I nailed it with a rock but it was stuck to good and its too high to poke it out with any kind of stick so I'm wondering if anyone else has any ideas.

bigger rock

Dr.feelgood
06-19-2013, 06:38 PM
sorry dude - buy a replacement and move on.

The hell I will

inthebasket
06-19-2013, 08:00 PM
I've seen someone carry a rope and then tie it to a larger piece of a fallen branch/stick. The idea they had was to toss it up, get it over the branch, then use it to shake the branch. It got stuck no where close enough, and they couldn't get it down haha. Maybe this helps or maybe it's a good idea of what not to do. Either way hopefully you got it back.

teemkey
06-19-2013, 08:41 PM
After reading this thread, I went out and bought a slingshot. Even if it doesn't get every disc out of the trees, there are other target opportunities out there. Just sayin' :p

ohtobediscing
06-19-2013, 09:00 PM
^^^Now there's a man who gets it. :thmbup: :D

/thread

Blackened
06-19-2013, 10:32 PM
Fatmax seems to be one of the best ways to go. Since you get can them in up 40 ft.

http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-33-725-25-Feet-FatMax-Measure/dp/B00002PV66/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371603101&sr=8-1&keywords=fatmax

you'll never need 40 ft. I can't even get my 16' FatMax out all the way

OKNate
06-19-2013, 11:14 PM
I got a brand new stiletto stuck in a tree today and I just couldn't get it down. I nailed it with a rock but it was stuck to good and its too high to poke it out with any kind of stick so I'm wondering if anyone else has any ideas.

Why are you throwing womens shoes at trees?

hipster
06-19-2013, 11:29 PM
An extension ladder and a lightweight extending pole of some sort. How good are you with at casting with a fishing rod? Sling shot sounds fun unless its a crowded area.

Mulligan McGee
06-19-2013, 11:35 PM
Forget the tree how do you get a disc off the top of a roof?

Dr.feelgood
06-20-2013, 02:46 PM
Forget the tree how do you get a disc off the top of a roof?

Ladder. just be quick about it before they call the cops.

MrDarkHorse
06-20-2013, 03:15 PM
This happened to me today and I actually ended up throwing my ENTIRE BAG at the disc, which worked like a charm. :)

Admittedly could have ended in hilarious disaster, though.

ru4por
06-20-2013, 03:34 PM
A hardball sits in the bottom of my open bottle holder. Also functions to keep a beer can elevated enough to grap without digging into the sleeve. Win-Win.

baileyt1212
06-20-2013, 03:46 PM
Keep a cat in your bag. If a disc is really stuck throw the cat at it; make sure to tie a string to it's tail otherwise it will probably run away. If the cat happens to get stuck, call the Fire Dpt to get the cat; and grab your disc while their up there. Fool-proof.

CreamDemon
06-20-2013, 03:47 PM
trident

Dr.feelgood
06-20-2013, 04:12 PM
Keep a cat in your bag. If a disc is really stuck throw the cat at it; make sure to tie a string to it's tail otherwise it will probably run away. If the cat happens to get stuck, call the Fire Dpt to get the cat; and grab your disc while their up there. Fool-proof.

The fire department, of course! Why didn't I think of that?

DG_Before_Breakfast
06-20-2013, 04:35 PM
Dr. Feelgood dials 911: Hello, I have a Stilletto stuck in a tree. Please send help!

911: A Stilletto? You mean a shoe or a knife?

Dr. Feelgood: lets just say someone could get harmed if it is not safely rescued.

I would suggest you also throw a Katana up in the tree. Then you could say "My Kat is stuck in a tree, please help".

disc qualified
06-20-2013, 05:16 PM
pardon me for laughing, but i think it's funny that a lot of you carry extra equipment to get discs out of trees. i mostly play wooded courses and have never had an issue where i needed hockey pucks or lacrosse balls or golf balls to get a disc back. well, i never really get a disc stuck in a tree but i suppose i will today now that i've jinxed myself

Ranger Rick
06-20-2013, 06:46 PM
the trick I learned from the guys in Hawaii is to use a contractor's tape measure that will extend out to +30' without bending.

JeremyKShort
06-20-2013, 07:16 PM
I've heard slingshot works well. I usually resort to a half empty nalgene bottle.

mubhcaeb78
06-20-2013, 11:02 PM
Keep this in your trunk http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_16778.jpg

we need a max width of the images.

ohtobediscing
06-20-2013, 11:04 PM
^^^I usually resort to a completely empty liquor bottle. [hic].

Aw, mub's spoilin' it. I keep a 12' tent pole in my bag and that suits 75% of recoveries. Baseball for 15%, slingshot for 8%, 2% gone with the wind.

dsb1829
07-09-2013, 05:33 PM
I carry a lacross ball in the bag and a 1ft section of 4X4 in the car. I have managed to stick the ball, the 4X4, and another stick in the tree once. 4by is still up there. I will twine wrap the new one for recovery.

dmbrun2
07-09-2013, 05:41 PM
The ice packs in my cooler in the ranger bag