Prep your vehicle for hunting season

Allen Foster

Every vehicle has a manufacturer's maximum weight rating. Don't max out your load with gear or you'll have no way to get that ten-point buck home.

Besides going to the shooting range, the best way you can get ready for the upcoming hunting season is by taking the time to prep your vehicle. The more prepared you are for an adventure, the more rewarding your experience will be -- and the less chance the unexpected will have of sabotaging your excursion.

There are four tasks every hunter should perform when it comes time to prepare your vehicle for the hunting season: clean, protect, organize, and enhance. This short article offers a quick rundown of what each of these tasks entails.


Because of life's hectic pace, our vehicle becomes like a second home. This usually results in an excessive accumulation of trash and clutter -- empty water bottles, food wrappers, spare clothing, loose change, and other intriguingly random items. Before you do anything else, give your vehicle a good cleaning to best prepare it for the next three tasks you must do.


Now that you've tidied everything up, take a moment to protect your ride. Start with the seats. If you use tactical seat covers, they will not only help protect your seats but they will also provide you with organized storage for smaller items such as a flashlight, first-aid kit, compass, and more. To help keep the mud from permanently embedding itself into your carpet, use some heavy-duty floor liners. And a thorough preseason waxing will help protect your vehicle's paint from all that off-road dirt and dust.


You've got a lot of gear. You could just toss it in the back of your truck and root for it when you arrive at your destination, but that's how items get lost and tempers flare. Alternatively, you could purchase an under-seat storage container or a behind-the-seat gun rack to keep everything in order. You could also get a truck bed organizer so your guns, ammo, bow, and arrows are all in one convenient location, locked safely beneath your hard trifold truck bed cover.


The last prep step is to enhance what you've already got. Turn your vehicle into an off-road, battle-ready warrior. Add some front-end protection with a grille guard, fortify that back window with a headache rack, affix a truck rack for additional storage space, and maybe place some work lights on top of the cab to allow you to illuminate any situation. If you also put some new all-terrain tires on your vehicle, nothing will be able to stop you.


Before you leave, don't forget to check your vehicle's fluid levels, pack an emergency kit, and consider installing a winch, just in case things don't go exactly as planned. After that, your vehicle will be perfectly prepped for the upcoming hunting season.


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