Making my Huntin’ Truck

I shared this story because many of us, like me, are  not millionaires but need dependable safe transportation for hunting and fishing and can get you way off road to those honey holes that hold great hunting and fishing promise.

I have owned several 4×4 vehicles and did not want to buy new. Not only could I not afford a new vehicle, it did not make sense to spend 30 to 40 thousand dollars at this juncture.

I recently purchased a used 2001 Ford F150 4×4 Lariat Triton Truck (130K miles) from a local used car dealer as my hunting vehicle and it came equipped with a tow package. Got to have tow capability, right? You bet!


Nice Looking Huh!

It was priced right for my budget (cheap) from a used car dealership who specializes in truck sales. I had my local mechanic review my potential purchase for areas that needed repair before purchase. The dealer asked that I pay for parts and they would take care of labor. It cost me $400 extra for parts that included the exhaust manifold and rear axle seals and new trans-axle covers. Thank goodness for my  mechanic’s keen senses.

When repairs were completed prior to purchase I took the truck back for a second review by my mechanic friend George at Freedom Tire in Plaistow, NH before consummating the deal. He was satisfied that the repairs were good and gave a thumbs up for the purchase knowing that my major nemesis was stopping the rust of the doors and skirts as well as the undercarriage. A common problem in the Northeast is severe rust from road salt.

This truck had less salt damage than most because it had no running boards for the salt to collect but it did have a large share of undercarriage rust to care for. Those that had running boards displayed severe rust through. Lesson learned!

I bought some very expensive specialty paints called POR 15 ($25 for a pint). Spray can too!


POR-15 Semi Gloss Black Quart

POR-15® is a high-tech, high performance rust-preventive coating designed for application directly on rusted or seasoned metal surfaces. It dries to an incredible rock-hard, non-porous finish that won’t chip, crack, or peel, and it prevents rust from recurring by protecting metal from further exposure to moisture. Use it to coat rusty frames, floor pans, farm equipment, marine equipment, or even a heavily corroded battery tray. The POR 15 primer is sensitive to UV light (sun) and must be top coated for prolonged exposure to sunlight. Top coating is not required for areas not exposed to sunlight.”

POR-15 BlackCote Topcoat

I went to work scraping and sanding areas ( I used a dremmel power tool for small or hard to reach areas) that needed attention and then applied the paint by both brush and by spray. I just completed phase 1 painting of the door corners, skirt and undercarriage (2 hours) as well as the tailgate that was beginning to bubble. They make a rubberized undercoat too that I intend to purchase and spray on. We will see how it works over time.

The upper body of the truck and cab was well cared for by the previous owner and the truck looks like brand new.

So we shall see how this truck performs and lives its last few years as my Huntin’ Truck. I want to carry my canoe too so I will purchase a bed extender so my Canoe will be supported by the trailer hitch instead of buying racks for the truck. Bass Pro Shops sell the extender for $130.

bed extender canoe 2

For my rear widow I will add a Ducks Unlimited Duck Head Decal and Browning deer decal along with my NRA Life Member Sticker. A nice touch!

Ducks Unlimited Duckhead Duck Hunting Window Truck Decal 2pk Corp Goldproduct image


I will keep you updated on how it all worked out! If you see my truck out there let me know. Good Hunting! ©2014

NH Pheasant Hunt #2 I’m Late

cropped-DSC_0007.jpgWhat a difference 30 minutes can have when you arrive late to a bird release. I didn’t think I was late nor did my hunting friend Mike. But we were never the less!

That said, these released pheasants were dug in like ticks on a hound. They flew into woods and brush and without a dog to dig them out, it was difficult indeed. I ran into my long time bowhunting friend Dan Williams who is heavy into hunting ducks and pheasant these days with his now champion dog Cody, a Labrador Retriever. Seen below. After the hunt Dan puts Cody through his paces retrieving four training bumpers in a row! One from 150 yards hidden in the woods!

Dan and Cody


Along for training he brought other dogs to learn from Cody and enjoy the field. They did all of that.

Mike’s dog Sam worked the best when he could concentrate away from the other dogs.

Sam Flushed up a pheasant which I downed with a long shot from my goose gun. We saw where the bird went down. In the wood edge we sent Sam in and he found the bird and retrieved well. Nice job Sam and Mike!

We called it a day when a hen shot up in front of other hunters. Both shot, both missed. Mike shot, I shot twice giving too much lead on the first shot. The bird did finally go down and was retrieved. Ultimately I claimed the bird. Here we shall call him the community bird as we all took a shot and laughed at ourselves. We were thankful that retrievers were there to pick up where shooting skill was not “at its best” for that bird anyhow.

Camaraderie was in full blossom! Dogs too! A wonderful day afield! © 2014


Maine Bear Baiting and Hounds on the Ballot

Here we go again! The crazies have come to rescue the bears. But they don’t need rescuing! Today the bear population is growing faster than wildlife agencies can manage in some cases. In Maine the population numbers around 30,000. By eliminating baiting and hunting with hounds, selectivity of bears taken by hunters can decrease. Seeing the size and sex of a bear up close can aid the hunter to take or to pass. I have hunted bear in Ontario but in fact the bear would say that he hunted me. NRA-ILA reports that money is pouring in on both sides of the issue. Be aware get involved see below. Cute bears grow up to see you as food sooner or later. Just ask the guy who lived with bears in Alaska. He became food along with his girlfriend. Leave the bear management to Maine Fish and Game professionals.

New Hampshire Pheasant Hunt Heaven

New Hampshire Pheasant Hunting is easy on the hunters soul. Young hunters, Women, and a gaggle of older hunters and retrievers of all kinds can experience the thrill of the chase. Friendship abounds,dogs are trained and eager to retrieve.  In early October God paints all the trees with crimson, orange and yellow and provides a deep blue canopy overhead with puffy cumulus clouds like cotton balls scattered here and there. It is simply heaven on earth to be outside and part of this hunt. Pheasant stocking programs from NH Fish and Game have existed for years here in New Hampshire.



I did not grow up as a Pheasant hunter as my father was more a deer hunter so my exposure was unfortunate. I gathered with my hunting friend Mike and his retriever Sam shown in the October cover photo. We eventually hooked up with his friends who also have dogs with them on the hunt. Some dogs are well trained and other dogs think that this is a social gathering to smell each other and play.

I found that many older men and their hunting dogs are ardent Pheasant hunters. The truth is that the bond between man and dog is inseparable like the hunter below who’s dog is thirteen years old. What a terrific friendship!



Mike and his dog Sam are equally inseparable as they train together to hunt Pheasants. Sam is a young retriever and is still learning the ropes. His exposure to the hunt and to other hunting dogs will aid greatly. Mike uses whistle commands and a training collar.


The hunt is a way for each to frolic and hunt together.

The truck arrived with birds for release into the NH Fish and Game regulated hunting area covering a very large area with woods and fields and released dozens and dozens of mature male and female pheasants. They take flight near and far some landing as far as a quarter mile away. Some right in front of us.



Some land right in the large fields as hunters wait for the truck to leave before advancing to locate and shoot them on the fly.



And fly they did! All of us decked out in orange were cognizant of our responsibilities for safe gun handling.

We had a great time! Birds were flushing everywhere. I did manage to down my limit of 2 birds.


Here Sam is showing off a Hen. What a mouthful. I got the birds home and prepared them by removing the suptuous breasts and legs to my considerable culinary skills. I saved the tail feather for perhaps a floral display or for fly tying. I am ready to do that again! It was great fun and a way to introduce youth hunters to hunting in general. A very social event or private event as you like it! Good Hunting! © 2014