Hunters Vehicle Checklist: Captain’s Column
By angelamontana

Posted: October 10, 2013

Antelope and Pheasant openers are this Saturday in Montana. The General elk and deer rifle season is just over two weeks away on Saturday October 26th. It’s time to get ready for the hunt and to assist you in your effort I have compiled a couple of check lists one for your vehicle and one for you when you are out afield. This week’s checklist we will focus on your vehicle. Next week we will come out with our annual hunter’s checklist. Both of these checklists are designed to help you get organized faster and more efficiently. Feel free to clip this check list out of the newspaper and use it as your guide to prepare your vehicle and load your vehicle with items that will help you get out of situations that might strand you otherwise during your hunting trip. If you have any items you would like to add that you think might be helpful feel free to e-mail your suggestion to me. My hunter’s vehicle checklist was an idea from my good friend Bob Culp from Frenchtown a few years back. Since that time readers and radio listeners have also helped with some valuable input in getting your vehicle ready for the hunting season.

  • -Service your vehicle: Change oil, check antifreeze level, (strength of the antifreeze should be 30 degrees below zero or better), battery fluid levels, transmission-transfer case levels
  • -Inspect serpentine belt (fan-belt) replace if worn or cracked (save your old one for a spare.
  • -Inspect your tires and check tire pressure, including your spare tire.
  • -Tire chains-make sure they fit and are in good condition.
  • -Two vehicle ramps. (It makes putting tire chains an easier task)
  • -Flashlight with extra batteries for your map-GPS-compass.
  • -Tool box (Make sure all your tools are in order)
  • -Jumper cables or Jump Start Power Pack
  • -Assorted nuts-bolts-washers-mechanics wire-duct tape-electrical tape-wire ties.
  • -Extra oil-antifreeze-Automatic Transmission. Fluid-Radiator Stop Leak.
  • -High lift jack or come-a-long
  • -Tow straps or tow chains-Heavy Rope.
  • -Snow shovel, ax-bucket-tarp.
  • -2×6 that is 1 to 4 feet long (Might help to put under tires if you are high centered)
  • -Old carpet to lie on if you have to get under your vehicle
  • -Ice chest with freshwater and food like jerky-dehydrated fruit-energy bars.
  • -Old sleeping bag-blankets-firewood.

If you get stuck or break down stay with your rig. You are more likely to be found in your rig and with the right emergency supplies you will be safer.

When packing your rig try and put the items you would use only for an emergency in first and the items that you will more than likely use in last

If you have anything to add to the HUNTERS VEHICLE CHECKLIST please e-mail to

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