A Zinger winger is a remote controlled bird/bumper launcher used to train working dogs to better mark the flight of downed game. It is typically used in training for field trials, hunt tests, waterfowl and upland hunting. The use of a remote launcher is invaluable to the dog trainer by giving them the flexibility to train alone based solely on their own time schedule.
ZingerWinger launchers are powered by heavy duty rubber bands that are stretched tight through a pulley system. The resulting launch throws the bumper/bird far into the air providing a “mark” for the working dog. While the launcher can be used manually they are best used in conjunction with optional “Release Electronics” which attach to the launcher and allow you to train by yourself. The release electronics are comprised of a handheld “transmitter” and a winger mounted “receiver”.
The Dogtra RR Deluxe and the Tritronics Pro Control RL will operate on all Zinger wingers straight out of the box. Innotek, Bumper Boy and other electronics will work with some modifications. You will need to let us know if you intend on using a system other then Dogtra or Tritronics.
We offer several models which vary in size, weight and features:
Field Trialer G4 – If you are looking for a machine that gives you the most features and training flexibility then the Field Trialer™ G4 is your choice. The Field Trialer™ gives you long and short throw options, offers 3 different amplified shot sounds in .22, .32 and 209 calibers and is available in a black powder coated finish. Weighing 15 pounds and measuring 65” end to end it folds flat to fit into the back of a short box truck. This is the model most often seen at hunt test and field trials because of their high, long throws.
Mini-Zinger™ G4 – The Mini as it’s often called offers all the same features of the Field Trialer except its ultra small size and weight lends itself well to the “storage challenged”. At 49” end to end it will fit into the smallest of vehicles with ease. The Mini-Z weighs 12 pounds. The smaller size does mean you sacrifice some length of throw. This model is extremely light and easy to handle.
ZingerWinger II G4 - If you are looking for a winger that will get the job done without breaking the bank the ZingerWinger II™ G4 will give you 90% of the features of our other more expensive models for a great value. The main features include the popular 209 shot sound capability and the power setting. The 56” end to end length is in between the Field Trialer and the Mini which means you are getting a long high throw and good storage dimensions from this model.
Hunt Tester G4 - The Hunt Tester is the largest ZingerWinger model and launches a jaw dropping, eye popping mark. The length of time the bird sails thru the air is enough to make the steadiest of dogs break. Better be ready! Weighing less than 20 lbs it measures 74” long so you require a longer truck bed to transport it. If you need the highest and longest throw possible this is the one.
Uplander G4 - The Uplander is a spring loaded launcher that offers a wide assortment of uses. The Uplander is powered by 4 heavy duty springs. The strength and power that this versatile launcher provides allows it to be used in a wide assortment of ways. The handler can train their dogs to "Sit to Flush" by simulating a bird flushing into the air at the press of a button. The trainer controls when the bird is released. Weighs 9 pounds.
The model you choose will be based upon a number of personal factors such as the size of your vehicle, your ability to physically carry the winger, what you use for training (ducks, pigeons, bumpers, Dokkens, etc.) and how high and far you require the mark to be thrown. Go to the feature section of each model to see their specifications and see the Comparison Chart for an overview.
The Mini-Z is our smallest model measuring 25" x 49" and folds to 1 ½" flat. This model is best suited to the "storage challenged" and will fit easily into SUV's, mini vans and the backseat of the smallest compact car. The Field Trialer is 16" longer measuring 25" x 65" x 1 ½". This model fits easily into the back of short box trucks and the breezeways of dog trailers. The ZingerWinger II measures 25” x 56” x 1 ½”. This unit will fit behind the seat of all short box trucks. The Hunt Tester is our largest winger measuring 25" by 79" by 1 ½". This model would fit into a long box pick up or on top of a trailer rack.
All Zinger wingers are made from high grade aluminum tubing. The Mini-Z™ weighs 12 pounds, the ZingerWinger II weighs 13 pounds while the Field Trialer™ weighs 15 pounds. Even the larger Hunt Tester™ weighs in at a respectable 19 pounds. Our Uplander™ box launcher weighs in at 8 pounds.
Each winger comes fully assembled and ready to use. Field set up takes 10 -20 seconds. That's right! You simply swing the legs out and bring the "U" frame up into a locked position.
No. All Zinger wingers are stable free-standing units. No ground stakes are needed to keep them in place. Less time setting up means more time training. For situations where you prefer to permanently secure the winger in place, pre-drilled anchor holes are provided. You can purchase our “Ground Stakes” for this purpose.
All Zinger wingers are very easy to cock and load. You first start by hooking the pouch to the release arm. You then hook up four rubbers and load the bird. Most able bodied people have no problem loading a ZingerWinger.
Yes. The "Uplander" launches all sizes of live birds including chucker, pigeon, quail, pheasant and duck. The Uplander can also be used to launch small and large bumpers, Dokkens and dead birds for teaching marking. Many trainers use the Uplander for teaching “walk ups” and “sit to flush”.
Zinger wingers have some of the highest and longest throws of anything you will see. Depending on the model you can get a throw as long as 45 yards or as short as 10 yards. See Comparison Chart for specifics.
Yes, the Mini-Zinger, Field Trialer and Hunt Tester models come standard with our exclusive Multi-Shot™ Sound release which will fire a 209 primer as well as a .22 and .32 caliber blank. The .32 blank offers the same sound range as a 12 gauge popper load. This makes for a louder report which comes into play when training out past 200 yards. The Uplander and ZingerWinger II come standard with our Sure-Shot™ release which fires a 209 primer. The sound can be heard out to 150 yards depending on weather and terrain conditions. This shot sound is sufficient for most hunt test training.
Yes. All Zinger wingers can be quickly adjusted to change to height and length of throw. The degree of adjustment will depend on the model. See Comparison Chart for specifics.
Yes, using a pull cord or trip stick.
The remote receiver is mounted 4-6 feet off the ground depending on the model. This allows for the best reception possible especially in rough terrain. Receivers mounted at ground level do not work as well because of interference from grass, shrubs, trees and rolling terrain.
While ZingerWinger products are among the safest and best built on the market it cannot be stressed enough that they can be dangerous tools if not handled properly. The forces generated by Zinger wingers and any other launching device can cause severe bodily injury if proper operating procedures are not followed. For that matter it is the policy of the ZingerWinger company to discourage young and inexperienced individuals from operating our products.
Zinger wingers are built to the highest standards here in North America, not overseas. Years of field use by pros and amateurs alike have proven that we make the most reliable and dependability remote wingers on the market. Our service is second to none. If something goes wrong along the way we will stand behind our product and look after you our customer. Our reputation is built on this philosophy and that is what you are buying when you purchase a ZingerWinger product.
Prices vary depending on the model and accessories. Go to our secure online store for current pricing. Remember, you do not need to purchase anything to browse the online store.
While some people have reported their rubbers lasting 2 - 3 years you can expect them to last up to a year under normal use. It will all depend on how well you look after your equipment and how often you use the winger. Aftermarket rubber treatment products may extend the life of the rubber. The longer the rubber tubing remains on the winger the less performance (distance of throw) you will receive. For this reason it is recommended you replace the rubbers at least once a year.
You can visit our secure "online store" to order replacement rubber kits and other accessories for your ZingerWinger launchers.
Yes. The number one enemy of the rubber tubing is UV rays from the sun. Limiting the exposure to the sun when not using the winger will greatly increase the life of the rubber. If you leave the winger out in the field for a prolonged period of time it is suggested you remove the pouch kit from the frame and store it in your vehicle. Applying an aftermarket rubber treatment product may help extend the life of the rubbers. If your ZingerWinger is stored inside your vehicle for long periods of time we strongly recommend our vinyl carrying bags to keep the suns damaging glare off the winger and the rubber.
Given the same specifications bungee cord will work but the performance of the winger is greatly reduced. Bungee cord has an outside nylon casing that’s designed to protect the inside rubber from exposure. This casing limits how long the cord can be stretched. Because it does not stretch as far it will not give you as near a throw as the heavy duty rubber tubing that comes with your ZingerWinger.
Yes. Contact us and we will send you a replacement manual at no charge or download it from the User Manual page
Some of the models such as theZingerWinger II, Uplander and the Field Trialer are both available in a flat black powder coated finish whereas the Mini-Zinger and the Hunt Tester are finished in a natural aluminum powder coated finish.
Yes. The release components of the winger are made from aluminum and stainless steel and normal exposure to rain will not affect its performance. The remote electronics may not be waterproof depending on the brand. Contact the manufacturer for details. Regular care and maintenance after such usage should be performed.
We use our exclusive “ReceiverLok™” system to mount the electronics. ReceiverLok allows you to attach and remove the electronic receiver without tools or fussing around. It is a molded heavy duty “Velcro-like” system that locks together to keeps the receiver from falling off when the launcher is activated. It attaches to the winger and receiver with a special strong adhesive. This system eliminates the need for plastic snaps that tend to break over time. It also eliminates metal fasteners that are easily lost. This is not the heavy duty Velcro sold in stores (which will not work).
Go to our “trouble shooting” guide of our website to see if your problem can be addressed there. If that fails call us directly and a customer service representative will assist you.
Yes. Our optional "Live Bird Restraint Pouch" will keep live birds in place until you are ready to launch them. They can be ordered from our secure online store.
We cover you with a 30 day money back guarantee and a lifetime warranty on frame, release, hardware, welding. Wiring, servos, vinyl pouch and rubber tubing all have a 1 year warranty.
The ZingerWinger company has a 30 day money back policy. If you are not satisfied with your purchase within that period return the product for a full refund less S/H costs.
Yes. The "Multi-Shot Sound™" release mechanism can be retrofitted to almost any winger. Conversion kits for older Zinger wingers are available complete with instructions. Contact us for details.
For your first winger you cannot go wrong with a ZingerWinger II combined with the Dogtra RR Deluxe. It’s the most economical and as your needs grow you can expand the system to any Zinger model. The Dogtra Deluxe features a duck and beeper call and can be expanded to 8 wingers.
The Hunt Tester will throw a full sized mallard 40 yards and a bumper 55 yards.
All Zinger wingers are made in Ontario, Canada using 90% of all parts and labor originating in the USA and Canada.
Occasional lubricating of moving parts (pulleys, hinges) and replacement of rubber tubing is all that’s required.
A Zinger crate is a heavy duty dog crate constructed from lightweight aluminum. Zinger aluminum dog crates offer incredible strength at one third the weight of steel. Unlike plastic and wire crates which easily crack and bend and need to be frequently replaced, Zinger crates are built to safely and securely contain your dog.
No. Coat discoloration is common when a dog sits in an untreated aluminum crate. Zinger crates are finished in a durable “Silver Hammertone” powder coat both inside and out. By powder coating the inside as well as the outside it protects your dogs coat from discoloration.
Yes, by installing our optional "Airline Rails" the crate can be used to ship a dog by air. Zinger crates exceed the strength and ventilation requirements by most airlines. Strong aluminum crates will not bust or be broken by rough handling or shifting cargo loads thereby safe guarding your dog on route. When shipped in a Zinger crate your dog is protected. Note: It is always a good idea to check with your airline to determine their exact requirements.
Each airline may have their own unique requirements but typically they require the dog to be able to stand up and turn around. A rule of thumb is that the height of the crate needs to be higher than the height of the dogs’ shoulders. Contact you airline for specific requirements and preapproval.
By its very nature aluminum quickly dissipates heat making it a great material to construct dog crates provided there is enough ventilation. A Zinger crate is fully vented down each side and along the back wall to provide maximum comfort for your dog. Our open design allows air to pass freely thru the door aided by the triple rows of lower and upper vent holes which surround the crate. Lots of adequate venting ensures your dog will remain safe while in its crate.
All Zinger crates can be easily coupled together in a side by side design. This modular design allows you to disconnect the double crate at any time in the future to create 2 singles units.
We currently offer several sizes and models ranging from our smallest 3000 models (21”W x 24”H x 30”D) to our largest 5000 models (28”W x 32”H x 40”D).
We are currently working on a collapsible crate so check but soon for availability.
You will need to carefully measure your vehicle to determine if the crates dimensions will fit thru your vehicles openings. If you need any assistance call our experienced staff for help.
Each door comes with a flush mounted slam latch which is keyed for added security while you are away from the crate. Rest assured that someone cannot easily open the crate and walk away with your dog. Our locks are made from a strong "stainless steel" for durability and to prevent corrosion.
Yes, we can install a double door on any model of crate. This feature is handy for accessing the dog from the rear of a vehicle as well as the side door.
Yes, the doors can be mounted for a left or right hand opening.
While the Zinger “Deluxe” model is an extremely strong and secure crate we always recommend the Zinger “Professional” model for those “Houdini” type dogs that seem to bust out of any wire and plastic crate. On any crate the door is consistently the weakest point and dogs typically target this area in their attempt to escape. The “Professional” series have a reinforced door with extra bars, double welds and bracing. As an added layer of security in the Professional series we have added a secondary locking plate to the back of the door to keep the dog from pushing open the lock. Each door has a full length piano hinge. The Professional series are designed to be the most secure and safest of the Zinger crates.
The aluminum construction of Zinger crates means they are extremely lightweight. Details on the weight, size and other features of each model are provided when clicking on their picture in the online store.
Yes, Zinger crates require approximately 30 minutes to assemble. A common wrench and a Phillips screwdriver are required. All hardware is provided and no drilling is needed. A second set of hands helps speed up the assembly.
Due to a Zinger crates lightweight construction and package friendly design shipping is quite reasonable. Rates range from $45 for the 3000 and 4000 models to $65 for the 5000. Shipping prices outside of the lower 48 US states and Canada will be quoted upon request.
We cover you with a 30 day money back guarantee and a one year warranty on frame, welding, hardware and powder coating.
The ZingerWinger company has a 30-day money back policy. If you are not satisfied with your purchase within that period return the product for a full refund less S/H costs.
We believe the quality of our products and personal service are the reason for our success and we welcome their comments. Click on the following link to take you to the “Testimonials” page.
Each door is constructed using solid vertical round bars and reinforced with horizontal supports. Each bar is welded along all thru hulls for extra strength. A full length piano hinge and the stainless steel locking latch are standard. It’s like comparing a screen door to a 2” steel entry door.
A Zinger crate has more than enough ventilation. Each model is fully vented down each side and along the back wall to provide maximum comfort for your dog. Our open design allows air to pass freely thru the door aided by the triple rows of lower and upper vent holes which surround the crate.
We designed the crates to minimize any edges and trouble spots on the inside of the crate. We ensure that the well being of the dog is our most important concern.
A Zinger blind is a lightweight portable ground blind that sets up lightening fast without tools or assembly. Its unique folding design allows it to be easily carried into the field, quickly set up and is ready for use within seconds. It offers the hunter an unobstructed view of the sky and surroundings for full range of movement when the action heats up.
For dog training purposes it can be used as a retired gunner hide, holding blind and winger hide.
Each blind comes with several removable shooting windows. Each window can be closed or open at any time using Velcro tabs.
Zinger blinds can be used to hunt anything from turkey, deer, dove, goose and duck. In fact they can be used for any type of wildlife viewing and even as an ice fishing windbreak.
Currently Zinger blinds are offered in a 3 Panel, 5 Panel and 7 Panel model. The more panels you have the longer the blind and the more room you have. We also “Stake In” blinds that are commonly used for dog training.
The 5 panel or 7 panel Zinger blinds work well for hunting. With the 7 panel a hunter can completely surround him or herself with the blind. When using the 5 panel you have a section along the back that would be open. The 5 Panel works well up against a hedgerow or tree line. Most 3 Panels are used in dog training as a lightweight and convenient holding blind.
The weight ranges from 7 lbs. for the 3-panel to 9 lbs. for the 7 panel.
Each blind comes with a carrying strap and handle for easy carrying transport.
A Zinger blind literally takes a few seconds to erect and take down. Non-complicated instructions are included.
Currently the blinds are available in a MarshWinds camo. This camo provides a good all around camo for all types of hunting. To get a perfect match with your natural surroundings the stubble straps are used to attach natural materials.
The blind will stand up on its own up to a certain wind speed but in high wind conditions you will need to stake the blind down. Ground loops are installed on each corner to accept a tent peg. Once the ground pegs are in place the blind to stand up to storm like wind conditions.
A 30-day money back guarantee and a 1-year warranty against defects and workmanship apply with each ZingerBlind.
On each ZingerBlind five rows of stubble straps allow you to place natural vegetation around the blind for better concealment making you virtually invisible to your quarry. While the blinds MarshWinds camo provides a great all around camo covering most experts will suggest you do all you can to conceal yourself and your gear from the game you pursue. This means using natural material from the area you hunt to brush up the blind.
Yes, out of the box initial assembly takes about 15 minutes. Once assembled the blind folds up and down in seconds.