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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 desired result.

Okay, I guess technically it’s not related to the NAVHDA Utility Test, but a dog that will jump into and out of a truck bed or similar objective can be a godsend. Now that he’s over two years old and his growth plates are fully formed, let the games begin.

While we are on the road and appearing at the Game Fair in Minnesota, one of my goals has been to get Manny to do the work I’ve been doing for two long years: launch himself into – and out of – the back seat and truck bed where his crate usually resides. At the Fair, he spends considerable time hobnobbing with the crowd from the crate in our Aliner pop-up travel trailer, so that’s also on the agenda.

An interesting sidebar to any “collarwise” discussion has been the key. On the road, I often leave electric collars and their transmitters in the side pockets of my truck doors. While putting away his e-collar in that storage compartment, I commanded Manny into the cab. He launched, and was licking my face (from face level) in an instant. Later, holding the transmitter at the door, he glanced at it, and teleported himself into the seat on command.

After a few days of travel and practice (I may be a slow learner, but I do learn) Manny is now in the seat about 70% of the time on the first command. His crate is in the back of a lifted 4WD pickup, raised higher by my TruckVault so it may as well be the Eiffel Tower to a young dog. But he’s also learning that a bumper is as good as an elevator when I use the same methods.

Cleaner clothes, no back injuries, no ramp to pack, and it looks cool too.

Have you “taught” jumping into things? How? This isn’t the easiest way, and probably not the right way, so help me finish the job correctly!

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The new “TruckVault Cares … for conservation, canines & kids” initiative is now live. Vote, tell your friends to vote, and vote again here.

This year, I’m giving away prizes every 5,000th vote, so get ready to win any day of the week, all the way through the end of the year. Everything from a TruckVault to my Real Bird Bumper and even a hunting trip with us to South Dakota are on the list, so spread the word, and vote every day.

Every vote puts a piece of the $10,000 funding pie in one group’s treasury. Go here, pick your group, and vote.

Everyone wins on this one! Watch the public service announcement below, then vote here!

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Now, to pick the winners of all those great prizes! Meanwhile, celebrate the groups that will soon be receiving checks thanks to the sponsors, especially TruckVault. And thank you, if you voted.

Soon, you’ll be able to pick the puppies who will represent our beneficiary groups for the second-annual TruckVault Cares initiative, so stay tuned. Here’s a summary of the votes, and the dollars that will soon be headed to our partners:

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At 11:42 p.m. on March 31, Dani Duniho cast the final vote in the Wingshooting USA TV “TruckVault Cares … for conservation, canines & kids” initiative. For her vote supporting the AKC-Canine Health Foundation, she will receive a merchandise prize package from lead sponsor TruckVault. Dozens more will receive prizes in the next few weeks as randomly-selected voters are contacted.

Thanks everyone. Stand by for news about our second-annual effort.

“I am often the last of something here or there, but I think this is the first time I have earned a reward for that status,” Duniho added in her thank-you note.

Created by Wingshooting USA executive producer-host Scott Linden, “TruckVault Cares” raises funds and awareness for six different groups. Voters are eligible for prizes ranging from a TruckVault secure vehicle storage system, Fausti shotgun, Tri-Tronics electronic dog training collars, Linden’s own Real Bird Bumper, Kent Cartridge ammunition and Filson apparel.

The conclusion of the voting signals distribution of the $10,000 funding pool, to be parceled out proportionally by vote totals to all beneficiary groups. The leading vote-getter was the AKC-Canine Health Foundation with 36,576 votes, with other groups and their votes listed below:

Scholastic Clay Target Program, 15,087; International Hunter Education Association, 8,012; Ruffed Grouse Society, 7,898; Gun Dog Rescue Clubs, 4,851; and North American Grouse Partnership, 2,464.

Besides sharing in the funds raised, Linden says all groups benefitted from heightened public awareness of their work, with each group seeing over 50 million gross media impressions over the course of the initiative, which began in August, 2011. Together, the groups claim over a million member-supporters.

Wingshooting USA is the official TV series of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. It airs on Pursuit Channel and four other television networks, year-round.

How it all finally played out ...

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Awaiting the "Outfitter"

Sometimes I wonder if it’s worthwhile to “pioneer” anything. Sure, it’s not walking the Oregon Trail, but it seems like I’m always doing things for the first time, and suffering the consequences. This new pickup is no exception. TruckVault started from scratch with new blueprints, poring over a vehicle for the right fit, configuration and the guys came through for me. Ditto Gem Top Mfg. of Sandy, Oregon.

The doors, just about completed

Luckily, everyone has risen to the occasion. Rick Frank and his crew took the (new) bull by the horns, broke out the tape measures and sharp pencils, and engineered a canopy that fits perfectly … not just literally. It is built for off-road use by sportsmen … in fact, it’s called the “Outfitter” model. And now, it’s resting comfortably on my truck side rails, covering my TruckVault and dog boxes.

Careful!

I know it’s going to perform, too. I hit on contacting Gem Top when I was stopped behind a tradesman’s pickup with a similar model. I was struck by it’s rugged good looks and obvious practicality – all steel construction, built to last, and very clean lines. Double doors offer plenty of room for access by dogs and humans, and no hunching over a tailgate to reach stuff in the far end of the truckbed. While helping corral an escaped animal shelter dog, both sheriff’s deputy’s trucks parked next to me also had them. They would know what works and what doesn’t!

More truck-build news to come!

Ta-da!

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A long drive but worth it. My visit to the TruckVault factory meant seeing friends, a scenic northern journey through Washington, and the first “trick” installed on the new rig. Here’s a taste, with more to come. Find out more about TruckVault here.

A work-in-progress shot from my cell phone:

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