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My next hunting truck

Fri, January 05, 2018

I’ve had several trucks in my lifetime, from a small two-wheel drive Ford Ranger to a Crew Cab Chevy with long bed and four wheel drive, but is there ever really enough truck? My current truck has slightly more square footage than my first two college apartments…….combined! But I still don’t have enough room.

Let’s face it this time of year you can chase pert near every game specie in Illinois.  As I look through my overloaded pickup truck I have muzzleloader, shotguns, pistols, rifles, ice augers, sonar units, camo bibs, three kinds of boots, a bow, a cross bow, buckets of ice fishing tackle, waders, waterfowl ammo and gear, split hickory wood for the smoker or if I’m stranded and just need to survive.  I have blankets and stools, folding chairs for blinds, heaters, propane tanks, lanterns, skinning knives and rubber gloves. I have deer calls, safety harness, water bottles, hand warmers, two pair binoculars, range finder, black powder, braided ice fishing line, three pair of sun glasses, a bic lighter, four pair of gloves, two flashlights, another pistol, and another shotgun…..who’s is that? Oh well, figure it all out when I clean it out for spring fishing…………then I’ll put in cutting boards, fillet knives, vacuum packer, rods, reels, tackle, rain suits, sun lotion, bandaids, pliers, line cutters, minnow buckets, life jackets, flashlights, rod holders, planer boards, maybe keep the waders in there, flip flops, and still an extra shotgun?? Maybe it’s mine, I can’t remember with all this stuff.  I need a bigger truck

Remember a cluttered truck is the sign of living a good life, you can hunt deer, coyotes, geese, and run a trap line, you can ice fish and open water fish right now if you can find some. You can shoot trap, rifles, bows and anything else you want. While Illinois has its downfalls and most are political (we won’t get in to that) it’s full of great people (mostly) and even more opportunity. Be sure to get out there and end one season with a bang and start a new one. Load your truck up with gear grab some buddies, and your kids and their kids and get outdoors and enjoy this lovely winter weather, rumor has it Sunday has a heat wave of 30 degrees coming in, don’t miss it!

That all being said, next time I’m getting one of these.

Until next time, be safe and God bless,
Matt Cheever ~ Flatlander


Hilarious and so true!

Posted by btb38 on January 05

I don’t think just one will do it, Matt.  See if you can get a fleet discount and buy four…one for each season.

Posted by riverrat47 on January 12

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