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Old 10-23-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
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Deer Hunting in a Jeep

I have a 97 TJ with a hard top that I am going to be using as my primary deer hunting vehicle this year and was wondering what king of tricks/accessories do you use for hauling all your hunting equipment around in it? My plan would be remove the back seat for starters; I have a receiver hitch that I can put one of those cargo haulers on to store some things. Usually will be heading by myself and meeting other hunters in an area.

Main equipment that has to go:
Bow/Rifle
Deer cart, doesn’t fold flat and is fairly large/bulky
Camo-gear (basically 1-large tote)
Me.

May go:
Climbing stand

I guess one of my biggest questions is where to haul the deer at: on the back in the receiver hitch, put it in the back of the Jeep, tie it on the roof, etc.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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My problem is having my rifle easily accessible, especially if another hunter is riding with me. I have not seen a good gun storage system for a TJ yet. So, yeah any good ideas would be appreciated here too.

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im pretty sure they sell rifle cases for the roll cage.. you should get a besttop hardtop with roof rack to carry deer on... or just get a trailer but thats going to limit how far your going to be able to drive on trails
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My problem is having my rifle easily accessible, especially if another hunter is riding with me. I have not seen a good gun storage system for a TJ yet. So, yeah any good ideas would be appreciated here too.
Just mount your BAR on the hood.
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:42 PM   #5
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When I don't have a passenger it rest in the pass seat. When I do have a pass it is in the gun case behind the seat. It also hangs up on the shifter, t-case lever and brake lever when I'm trying to get it out. I've looked at all the offerings from gun rack mfg's I don't see anything I like.

I don't have a BAR, but it would be cool to have one.

mcgyverit, you guys back east have to carry alot more equipment than out here. I just carry my pack, gun and binoc's.
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Pointy, you aren't road hunting are you???

How come you need to get it out so quickly???

Maybe a saddle type holder mounted to the side rear view mirror.
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:00 PM   #7
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me and my dad built a rack that you can slide into the reciever hitch i think i have seen one that you can buy now we made ours around 6 years ago and used it to haul our deer with
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EDIT: Whoops in answer to Dare's question.

Yes, I've had to this year. My dad had a triple bypass and valve repair this last spring and can't get out and walk the woods yet. My dad is my hunting partner and always has been. I'm just paying back what he did for me as a kid. He started taking me hunting when I was 5-6 years old. I've managed to get in several good hikes this season though.
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I would never bring the deer inside the jeep, one reason, TICKS, get the carrier that goes in the hitch. I put any I get up on the roof on the safari rack. As the ticks drop off away they go into the slipstream never to return.
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Just put a trailer hitch on the deer cart!!!

Solves two problems at once.
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:11 PM   #11
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Killed a deer in my Jeep last winter, I just left it in the middle of the road.
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:28 AM   #12
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in jersey on jfk highway... i plowed through two deer doing 45pmh... i didnt intentionally do this i just had no way of avoiding them and it was wet out so i was afraid to brake hard and maneuver my jeep.
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4point - yeah, it takes a lot of equipment, but I am more the better to have and not need than need and not have.

I guess I could have elaborated a little more, I was lucky enough to get drawn for a managed hunt here in Mo. and the place is only 5 minutes from where I work so everything needs to be in the Jeep ready to go, but finding room for it all may be a challenge.

Thanks for some of the ideas.
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As for carrying a rifle/muzzleloader, you could put a safari rack on with or without a basket (preferably with for the extra cargo room) then attach a gun scabbard like the type used on atv's (buy one that's lockable for security) and also put a hitch-tote (basket) on the rear to pack the deer out. I won't be using the hitch-tote on mine as I will have a 4 wheeler and trailer in tow. Hope this helps.

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Old 10-24-2008, 10:24 AM   #15
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right now I have my back seat folded down (not tumbled forward) and my bow case on top of it, my climber on top of that (wrapped in a blanket so it doesnt mess up the back window) then I have a target on top of the case too (bow season still) then all my camo in a scent free bag. What I normally do is I drive all the time during dove season, then my buddy with a truck drives during deer season, but if you have to drive yourself during deer season, Set stuff up like mine and throw the deer on the cargo rack that plugs into your hitch. Best of luck on your hunts
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i hauled one off the trail last year strapped to my bumper. field dressed on the spot then drove it 45 min on the highway to the house. got alot of weird looks but i thought it was funny. bloody carcass as a hood ornament...
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:58 AM   #17
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Cargo top, come in 300 and 500 lb ratings. Trick is convincing the dead deer to get his ass up there
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:58 AM   #18
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Put a receiver hitch on the front of the jeep. This way you can have two hitch haul units. One for you stuff, one for the catch. The again you could just bring a hi-quality camera and take vid/foto's and leave nature as you found it.

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Old 11-07-2008, 07:30 AM   #19
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Pointy, you aren't road hunting are you???

How come you need to get it out so quickly???

Maybe a saddle type holder mounted to the side rear view mirror.
Just like John Wayne. Run with no doors and have your repeating rifle hanging off the window frame..
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I have come up with an idea for a pivoting cargo hauler for the back bumper. need to do some fabricating to see how well it works, but that is the way I am heading. thanks for the input.
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I have come up with an idea for a pivoting cargo hauler for the back bumper. need to do some fabricating to see how well it works, but that is the way I am heading. thanks for the input.
Umm, you do know they sell them right ? If it's a case of I want to build it myself ignore this..

We have state game wardens that have two, on in the front and one in the back, both fold flat when not in use. The TJ won't fold flat because of the rear spare.
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Yeah, pretty much a "build it myself" thought process........
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I can't see being able to carry everything plus a dressed dear without pulling a small utility trailer behind a TJ. To me, deer hunting requires a bigger vehicle like a p/u truck or big SUV like a Bronco.

By the way, I saw a nice four-pointer Saturday being field dressed Saturday in my local Big Bear Calif. mountains. It was a pretty darned nice deer for around here, too bad for the deer it had been gut shot.
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just do like this guy did


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I can't see being able to carry everything plus a dressed dear without pulling a small utility trailer behind a TJ. To me, deer hunting requires a bigger vehicle like a p/u truck or big SUV like a Bronco.
It works for me, but I don't have to camp.
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By the way, I saw a nice four-pointer Saturday being field dressed Saturday in my local Big Bear Calif. mountains. It was a pretty darned nice deer for around here, too bad for the deer it had been gut shot.
A gut shot is not very desireable, more important than that is recovering your game. A gut shot animal lying in the woods unrecovered is what pisses me off.

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I think caravaning your kill over your hood, on top of the roof or strapped to the back like this pic is: 1. not good for the meat and unhealthy. 2. Kind of classless and contributes to the "bubba" stereotype that the anti-hunting groups attach to us.
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richp - I have looked but cannot find what I am looking for. I want the cargo hauler up high, about the center of the spare tire. but then be able to pivot it down the ground making it easier to load, then lift back in place. this would also allow the rack to be lowered out of the way when accessing the back of the TJ.

Anyone seen something like this?
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It works for me, but I don't have to camp.

A gut shot is not very desireable, more important than that is recovering your game. A gut shot animal lying in the woods unrecovered is what pisses me off.


I think caravaning your kill over your hood, on top of the roof or strapped to the back like this pic is: 1. not good for the meat and unhealthy. 2. Kind of classless and contributes to the "bubba" stereotype that the anti-hunting groups attach to us.
x2 - the days of showing the world your dead deer on your hood (or tire carrier) are pretty much over. It's a rarity to even see them anymore and it's a very discouraged practice here. You do not want to fire-up the anti hunting groups anymore than necessary.

I think a small come along tied to the top roll bar would help a lot to drag him inside might be a good idea. I'm going to try it this season.
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MOz - that is a good idea
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And the hog him and another friend got the other day...

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As for the gun I shove mine between the seat and rollbar and window in there somewhere. I have a soft top though so I don't know if this will work with a hard top. Sure wish we could hunt with rifle in Iowa but shotgun is the best we get.

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