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So, where are we?

Heading West after a couple meetings in Kansas City and stopped for some things I couldn’t live without. The question is, which Cabela’s?

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Where is the Aliner parked tonight?

My guest at Warne Ranch was our “TruckVault Cares” Facebook contest winner, Bill Zeromski. It had been 25 years since he last pursued ringnecks with his late father, so you can imagine the anticipation permeating the air.

But it was also Bill’s birthday. A significant number (I’ll let him tell you how many some day) that many consider a wake-up call: do the things on your bucket list. We did our best to help.

Methodical Labradors teamed with first Buddy, then Manny, with many of the pheasants streaking for the far end of fields and CRP grasses before we could get within gun range. Some shots were taken, some birds fell, and we honored both Bill on his birthday and Bill honored his father’s memory.

We headquartered at the Best Western Ramkota hotel. It’s like a second home to me, having been a guest at least once every season for the last five. So while the Aliner rested in the parking lot, we relaxed in comfort without our wheels. But there are a lot of Ramkotas, so you’ll have to guess which parking lot is harboring my trailer.

The birthday boy, ready for a noisy flush from a wily ringneck.

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Bill Zeromski, our TruckVault Cares Facebook contest winner, relived 25-year-old memories of pheasant hunting with his father at South Dakota’s Warne Ranch today. My crack production crew of Tad Newberry and Lynn Berland captured every moment, from loading up to his first pheasant and you’ll see it next season on the show.

Cody Warne’s Labs (three sisters) performed admirably, and after an epic first few minutes with clouds of ringnecks, we settled into a rhythm that flushed hundreds of birds. After a few practice shots to warn the birds, Bill knocked on down, dedicating his success to his father’s memory.

After lunch, Buddy shone, producing a shootable rooster after a long stalk  in CRP grasses. Heat topping 80 degrees put him back in his crate soon after, yielding to his grand-nephew Manny. The little guy was as hot as the air temperature, covering a lot of ground from grass to milo, to cut corn and cattails. A few strong points put hens up, and eventually a rooster that was delivered to hand.

Bill’s shooting got more refined as the day went on, putting another bird in his game bag and memories in his mental photo album. Here are some of them. If you like them, please “Like” our Facebook page too.

Memories of the hunt.

Cody and Bill offer Buddy a drink after a hot hunt. He ended up in the cooler.

Lynn and Cody shooting an introductory segment for the show.

The contest’s namesake TruckVault doing yeoman’s duty.

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The leaves are on the ground … the most wonderful time of the year.

Ringnecks, prairie chickens and sharptails … even one sage grouse … flushed from the roadside gravel as my truck and Aliner trailer rumbled down the highway from Lewistown toward my ultimate destination. From the photo, it’s pretty easy to determine my route but can you figure out where I’ll park the Aliner tonight?

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Okay, getting the good stuff up top: This was yesterday’s bag for Buddy, Manny and me. Al Gadoury of 6X Outfitters, who you know from his appearances on the show, led me – for fun – to some very fun hunting near Lewistown, Montana.¬† Thanks Al!

Al’s setters and Lab Bella worked hard, as did my guys, in increasingly high temperatures. Some nice surprises in strong coveys of Huns, and almost a dozen single and double flushes of sharptails within range of Al. Oh yeah, he limited on roosters too, with most of the sharpies within range falling to his classic side-by-side.

A good time was had by all. Hope your season is going as well. Where will the Aliner park next? Watch this space!

What a place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Somewhere in Montana …

After a long day in Post Falls, including giving back some of Cabela’s sponsorship dollars at their store, Manny, Buddy and I headed east. Skirting Lake Couer d’Alene, we continued on Interstate 90 until well past dark – racing to a date with 6X Outfitters’ Al Gadoury and some Montana ringnecks.

It was a civilized “Kamp,” as you can see. Can you guess where the Aliner is tonight?

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