Pliers and Duct Tape

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As we travel to hunting areas in our modern conveyances, sometimes things conspire to work against us no matter how we hurry to our destination.

Most of us, myself included, don't carry spare fan belts and radiator hoses in our vehicles. I have found that a simple tool box with a flathead and phillips head screwdriver, cresent wrench, and a roll of duct tape can help to repair what is broken and get us down the road to a location where the vehicle can be properly repaired.

More than once I have had a radiator hose "blow out" on me. The crescent wrench and screwdrivers are for looking prepared while the duct tape is for doing the actual repairing. The duct tape can be applied to the malfunctioning hose, wrapped around it, to cover the leak long enough to get you to a place of civilization where a suitable replacement can be found.

In my truck I carry spare water, for drinking and filling the radiator, various hand tools for simple repairs, and a small air compressor to fill flat tires. This may not be a hunting tip exclusively but I do think it behooves us to make a simple kit to keep in our hunting vehicle for those times when such misfortune befalls us. When we are hunting we are away from the conveniences of modern society.

It falls upon us to be prepared for not only what we are doing or plan to do but what may happen. That is why I suggest that anyone who goes off the paved road carry a simple tool box. I realize that many of us will already have these things, and more, in our hunting vehicles but some of us may not.


WesternHunter's picture

duct tape

I too carry a careful selection of hand tools stored in a watertight plastic ammo dry box kept under the back seat in the cab of my truck for repairs if needed, not only for myself, but those tool have come in handy for helping out others as well, and for repairing other stuff when out an about that's not automotive related.  I agree on having a roll of duct tape.  There are few things more handy that duct tape. That stuff has saved the day many times over. 

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Well, they say any good man

Well, they say any good man should not go anywhere without a roll of duct tape, and that it fixes anything.  Great tip Biker.  Something to consider throwing in your vehicle before leaving for that long hunt.

hunter25's picture

Although I am not always the

Although I am not always the best prepared at least I do always have that roll of duct tape around for emergencies. And like people say it can fix an amazing number of things that you would never think of ahead of time. I have a pretty good tool kit I keep handy as well for such times. Fortunately it's been a long time since I've had a break down but my truck is getting older now and about to turn 10 years old so it is something I have started to worry about. Thanks for reminding us to get a little nore ready.

Retired2hunt's picture

  That is a great tip Biker. 


That is a great tip Biker.  All too often we sometimes are up the proverbial creek without a paddle... or in this case pliers and duct tape.  I have a small kit in my pack that has the pliers, the phillips, and regular screw drivers.  In my survival pack I keep a rolled up piece of duct tape for any need - emergency or not.  I do not have a regular roll of duct tape but rather I make my own little roll from what I take of the primary roll.  It sticks very well to itself and also comes off the back of the tape just fine.  I have used this to tape close a laceration to covering a hole in my tent from being too darn close to the campfire.  Definitely a great tip that all can use whether hunting or just on the road.  Thanks for sharing it with all of us.


jaybe's picture

Great tip for anyone who

Great tip for anyone who drives a vehicle - especially if you are a hunter and tend to get away from civilization a little further than most.

While traveling north in our stste to go ice fishing a few years ago my heater core went out, putting antifreeze onto the cab floor. I stopped at the first place I could find - a restaurant/bar. It was a slow time, so the owner came out and took a look, and between us we decided that the best thing - maybe the only thing to do at the time - was to cut off both hoses that went into and out of the heater and plug them. We actually tried to find a piece of copper pipe to insert into them to recirculate the coolant right back to the radiator, but couldn't find one. We ended up whittling down wine bottle corks and using duct tape to hold them in the ends of the hoses. It held together until I was able to get the heater core replaced.

So - if I may, I would add a 4" piece of 1/2" copper tubing to that small tool box and also a couple of hose clamps that can actually be used for a number of other purposes as well.

Thanks for the great tip!