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In the middle of no where Montana we meet and pass another car. My wife's cell phone rings and it is a friend from back home asking if she just passed us. Yes that was us and we had just hunted that block management area behind us. She replied that they had hunted it earlier in the day and she had lost her gun by leaving it on top of the car and was looking for it and wondered if we had found it. Apparently we had hunted a different approach and she found it as we ran into her at the next town with her gun again. Me I have so far lost a whole kitchen of coffee cups, gloves and dog training supplies.

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Dave Erickson

Nothing...knock on wood. Did see a lady drive through town with a gallon of milk on her roof. Looked silly and gave me a chuckle.

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Years ago, when the quail hunting was good here, my buddy was driving his p/u and Dick left his Citori on top of the dog box.  Neither one of us noticed it as we put up the dogs, visiting and didn't see it up there..!  Well, down the country 'gravel' road we went and he saw it fly off in the side mirror just a bit later - onto the roadbed.

 

Dick stopped, got out, picked it up and said, "no problem".  I said OUCH..!  Other than being all scratched up, the rib dented, he kept on shooting it.  That was one of two incidences.  

 

The last one was one where I found a Citori along a road, same condition.  Luckily, I found the owner a few days later and we were both happy he had it returned.  I found out the same thing happened to him, too.  {Thank goodness for extended choke tubes!}

 

I TRY to always put my shotgun away first in the truck and THEN the dogs next..!  (I hope I don't get those two turned around one day..?)

 

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3 hours ago, Wes Stueber said:

I TRY to always put my shotgun away first in the truck and THEN the dogs next..!  (I hope I don't get those two turned around one day..?)

 

Brittman

That is what I do. When I get close to the truck, I unload my gun, open the back door of my pickup and sit my shotgun in the truck.  I then water and load the dogs, turn off the Astro and go back and put my gun in the case and hang up my vest.  This is a habit I developed over the years. If for some reason I have to take care of the dogs and don’t  have time to follow my normal routine I lay the shotgun on the dog box and drop the keys in the trigger guard. 

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I don’t put stuff on the top of the car.  I leave it on the back bumper.  My coffee thermos is the number one item.  It’s amazing how long it will ride there now that I drive like an old man.

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Remington 1100 28 gauge Sporting model. It survived backing out, going a mile down the road, stopping, turning right, going a couple miles and then came off as I approached the next stop. I saw something "move" in my side mirror and instantly knew what it was. I was sick. The road rash ruined the gun, I traded it in and got $300 for it. 

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1 hour ago, UplandHntr said:

Im just amazed at the amount of guns put on top of vehicles. 

 

My first hunting trip to Wisconsin I set my shotgun on the dog box in the bed of my truck as I loaded up the dog.  Some guys running dogs (for bear, I think they said) walked up and advised that I could be fined for doing that.  That got me putting guns in the back seat, usually into a case, as the first step when returning to the vehicle. I've backed over and flattened a metal dog dish so far, hope that remains the peak of my career in that arena.

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