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Leaving gear in vehicle while away?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by HB, May 6, 2019.

  1. redneck2

    redneck2 Member

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    Around here guys are breaking car windows just to steal cell phone charger cords
     
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  2. jmorris

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    I think the truck itself cost not a lot less than the first 4 bedroom house I bought, the steel box in the back another $500 or so, only has a few thousand dollars worth of “gear in it”. If I didn’t leave my gear in it, I would have to spend a few hours each morning and evening loading and unloading everything I might need. Instead I pay for insurance Incase someone decides they need something I own more than I do.
     
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  3. 0ne3

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    I, think a big problem is out of state plates, they stick out like a sore thumb. Out of state plates, at a motel during hunting season, always puts me on edge. One does not need to be very smart to figure that out.
     
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  4. onegunred

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    In NEW MEXICO things do not rust, They get stolen first. I have lived here since 1969 and it gets worse every day. I use to back pack and hunt in the Pecos Wilderness and leave my truck at Iron Gate Campground, that was in the 70s, I won't even go there now
     
  5. 351 WINCHESTER

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    "Out of sight, out of mind".
     
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  6. .308 Norma

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    The last time my vehicle was broken into I was 21 or 22, living in Southern California, and driving a stunning ’55 T-bird. Someone broke into my classy little car to steal my 8-track and a couple of CCR tapes. Seeing as how I'm 71 now, it’s been awhile.;)

    That said, my wife and I did a lot of backpacking in our younger years. At least once every summer we would spend 5 days to a week in the Idaho backcountry, sometimes 50 miles from where we left our vehicle at the trailhead. And while it never happened, I did worry about arriving back at the trailhead only to find our vehicle without tires and wheels, and completely trashed.:eek:

    Hunting is a different story. I never worry about someone breaking into the truck we leave beside the road while we’re up on the hill hunting. Of course the most expensive hunting equipment we have (other than our truck itself) is our rifles – which are on our shoulders while we’re away from the truck anyway.

    We do lock the truck doors, just like we lock the easily defeated doors on our camp trailer before we leave camp for the day. But we have never had a problem.

    I could be wrong, but I tend to think that most of the people that are in the mountains during deer and elk seasons (hunters mostly) are, in general, a better class of people than the miscreants that occasionally hang out around trailheads in the mountains in the summertime. As a matter of fact, the 45 Colt revolver I always carried on my wife’s and my backpacking trips was more comforting at the trailheads than it ever was when we were 30 or 40 miles into the Idaho backcountry – where there actually are grizzlies and cougars and wolves, oh my!;)
     
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  7. 351 WINCHESTER

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    Back in the day if you had a cb radio you had an antenna & you were a target for that cb getting stolen along with whatever else you had in your vehicle.
     
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