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#3192689 - 02/14/19 03:12 AM Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep (Submarine)?
LDhunter Offline
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Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 2100
Loc: NW Florida Piney Woods
OK... I bought a used Jeep Wrangler JKX 2 door for hunting and navigating the piney woods here in NW Florida. I wanted to be able to legally use it on National Forest lands as well as private leases and for me to do that it needed to be licensed for road use as well.

Soooo... After looking at all the options including ATVs, UTVs and Golf Carts I went for a Jeep.

Unfortunately the best deal I found on one is a starkly yellow one that is in your face YELLOW! LOL

I suspect that this will be a poor color for night hunting for coyotes and hogs? If most of the coyote and hog hunting experts (I'm FAR from being in that elite group) agree that I need to wrap or paint my YELLOW Jeep then can I get some suggestions for what to do?

I don't want to go with flat black. I feel that this attracts too much unwanted attention from other hunters and law enforcement. It screams sneaky law breaker in my opinion.

Camo wrap is an attractive option until you discover the prohibitive expense and read people's complaints of it peeling off under heavy use.

I have a couple friends that suggest a rattle can paint job with a home made version of a dark camo and frankly that sounds good but this Jeep as it sits now is a good looking one and I almost hate to ruin it's appeal with rattle cans but then I didn't buy it to compete in beauty contests. LOL

Suggestions?

BTW... If you've read this far maybe you've run across some sort of roof rack that would support a swivel seat I could hunt from? There are a lot of people making Jeep roof racks but it seems that you have to go upwards of a thousand to get one sturdy enough to support my 200 pounds and another hundred pounds of swivel seat, rifle, etc... I think it should be rated at a bare minimum of 300 and 500 pounds is likely what I should really be looking at.


Edited by LDhunter (02/16/19 02:26 AM)
Edit Reason: Added "Submarine" to Subject Line
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#3192690 - 02/14/19 03:42 AM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: LDhunter]
LDhunter Offline
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Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 2100
Loc: NW Florida Piney Woods
My first day in the National Forest with my Jeep... I guess I grossly overestimated it's ability to swim deep mudholes... LOL

It was the first time I've been stuck and needed help getting out in over 25 years of woods wandering with 4wd trucks. <sigh>







I'd been through that mud/water hole in the past but what I didn't know was that a couple of locals with huge tires had been playing in that hole and had left waist deep ruts in it.

A guy I used to hunt with came wandering by after I'd been stuck waiting for AAA with a heavy duty winch to get me out and he said I was the fifth person he'd seen stuck in that mud hole in the last month or so.

Anyway you can see how starkly yellow my jeep is and draw conclusions as to visibility for hogs and coyotes in the daytime or nighttime.

Hopefully the next time you see pics of it I'll have my coyote hunting rack on top and it'll be parked in a little better place. wink
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#3192697 - 02/14/19 07:22 AM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: LDhunter]
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Well, it's definitely yellow, and it was definitely stuck in the muck. Actually I like the color combo with the black for contrast. Not sure if that's bad for hunting or not, but overall I think it looks pretty good. I think the worst part is getting it dried out good from all the water inside. Did water get in the engine very much?


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#3192703 - 02/14/19 08:14 AM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: LDhunter]
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Registered: 08/08/09
Posts: 301
Loc: Virginia, Carroll
I like the yellow color , leave it yellow.

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#3192705 - 02/14/19 08:25 AM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: LDhunter]
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Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 2420
Loc: USA
I used to ride with a game warden friend who had a green parachute that he would throw over his vehicle while waiting for poachers at night. I've seen them shine lights right on the vehicle and never see it, but it was a bit unnerving thinking they might turn loose with a rifle any minute.
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#3192712 - 02/14/19 08:57 AM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: LDhunter]
cmatera Online
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Registered: 12/15/08
Posts: 2077
Loc: CO
I vote leave it yellow too. I'm picking up my orange 2 door JL tomorrow. Thinking about a high rack too. We have a local custom welder I'll be paying a visit to.

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#3192729 - 02/14/19 10:51 AM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: 6mm06]
LDhunter Offline
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Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 2100
Loc: NW Florida Piney Woods
Originally Posted By: 6mm06

Well, it's definitely yellow, and it was definitely stuck in the muck. Actually I like the color combo with the black for contrast. Not sure if that's bad for hunting or not, but overall I think it looks pretty good. I think the worst part is getting it dried out good from all the water inside. Did water get in the engine very much?


We couldn't detect any water in the motor or any other of the running gear except the transmission but, of course, we changed all the fluids and the motor and the transmission got it changed twice.

Drying out the carpets is a full time job. I'm running my wet and dry vacuum once a day and right now finally we're having a sunny and dry day and I have all the doors open so hopefully the sun and dry air will help too.

The Kicker speaker amp was under the passenger's seat and it was submerged for over two hours so it's toast but the radio and all the Kicker speakers seem to have survived just fine. I wasn't the one that put all the great after market speakers and amp in it, that was the guy that owned it before me. It DOES sound good though even without the amp.

The YELLOW color does look good but I'm just worried about how visible it will be at night to coyotes and hogs. Otherwise there is no chance I'd ever change the color. I've not seen one locally here that is yellow but there are a BUNCH of jeeps around here so I'll likely see one soon.

Jeep owners seem to be very friendly and it seems like they all want to wave when we see each other on the road. We have a huge Chrysler dealer in Tallahassee and they sell a ton of Jeeps.

Now to figure out which roof rack to buy so I can sit on top and see over all this dang brush we have here in Florida. Most of them are very expensive and although the hard top is very strong I don't want to ruin it so I keep looking for something strong that attaches to strong points on the rear bumper and front windshield supports which are attached to the frame and are very strong and will keep all the weight off the roof.


Edited by LDhunter (02/14/19 10:52 AM)
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#3192741 - 02/14/19 12:41 PM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: LDhunter]
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Registered: 01/15/08
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Loc: USA
Oh man! Time for an outboard motor with a prop!
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#3192742 - 02/14/19 12:46 PM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: LDhunter]
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Registered: 06/25/13
Posts: 2888
Loc: Metro Denver
Throw a camo net over it.

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#3192850 - 02/14/19 07:57 PM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: Mr. Poppadopalis]
Heymartay Offline
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Registered: 02/08/15
Posts: 118
Loc: Bartlett ill.
If it's dark color doesn't matter. You need light to see color.

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#3192863 - 02/14/19 08:16 PM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: LDhunter]
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Registered: 08/31/12
Posts: 1278
Loc: UTAH
Well now you have a nickname for your Jeep. (The yellow submarine) thumbup
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#3192893 - 02/14/19 10:17 PM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: crittr gittr]
6mm06 Offline
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Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 7608
Loc: USA

Originally Posted By: crittr gittr
Well now you have a nickname for your Jeep. (The yellow submarine) thumbup

He he he. That's pretty good. Of course LD may not find it as humerous. Just hope you get it dried out LD and back in good shape, then post photos of it and some of those Florida critters.

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#3192901 - 02/14/19 10:45 PM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: LDhunter]
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Loc: Florida
Your place looks as wet as ours....
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#3192930 - 02/15/19 02:23 AM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: LDhunter]
Cycle-N-Squeeze Offline
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Registered: 02/03/12
Posts: 145
Loc: VA
I say who cares. Drive as far as you can and park a little walking never hurt anyone. 2019 disclaimer I apologize I did not read the whole post, I apologize if you are handicapped, gay, or transgender. With all that said just take s walk dude. It will buff it always does.

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#3192939 - 02/15/19 05:40 AM Re: Night Hunting With My YELLOW Jeep? [Re: LDhunter]
LDhunter Offline
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Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 2100
Loc: NW Florida Piney Woods
OK... So now the Yellow Submarine gets an outboard motor. thumbup

Yes... It's about dried out now and there's no apparent long lasting harm other than to my stubborn pride that likes to brag that I NEVER get stuck... blushing

Parking and walking will still be done sometimes but by far the most productive hunting seems to be run and gun from a vehicle and if you stand or sit you simply won't be able to see very far on most stands. That's why elevated perches are so popular with SE hunters of almost anything we hunt down here.
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