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Bevan

06-25-2010 09:23:38
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Plent of pocket gophers, ground hogs, burrowing rats, and other vermin scurry when I am running the big brush hog or my finishing mower with my 1958 D-17 (no cab). Its dangerous to jump off the tractor and engage the vermin so I have decided to nail the suckers with a 410 from the seat. Anyone mount a gun rack on an antique open tractor before? Something I am going to fab myself? I was looking at a vertical mount on the fender or a across the hood mount in front of the steering whee. Any ideas?

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The tractor vet

06-25-2010 20:27:40
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
Yep , there has been a gun rack on all my tractors . On my 806 mounted to the left fender is a gun rack for my mini 14 and the steering support makes for a vary handy place for my Ruger super signal six with the mag. cylinder in it .



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JD Seller

06-25-2010 19:58:12
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
I just use a leather saddle gun scabbard. I mow my hay and pastures with a JD 4020 open station. I keep a Winchester 30-30 in it. I have thinned out most of the ground hogs on my place with it. They don't pay much attention to tractors. I asked the county sheriff about it. He said since I have a carry permit it is legal to carry it. Not legal to shot from the tractor. Which I never do. wink wink. As for the DNR they don't come around my place any more. After two law suites that they had to pay all cost on they don't bother me anymore on my own place. I OWN IT, MAINTAIN IT, PAY TAXES ON IT. SO I WILL DO WHAT EVER I WANT ON IT. I fought for this country. Shed blood,sweat and tears for it. I still have a whole bunch of shrapnel in my back and hip. So if any S O B comes on my property to tell me how he wants me to do it. HE had better be willing to pay the same price I have for the privilege.

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Doug - Iowa

06-25-2010 19:35:49
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  

Here's just the ticket - available from your Rossi dealer later this year...ain't she cute? Just right with a saddle scabbord hooked on the fender.



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Clodbuster

06-25-2010 23:01:58
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Doug - Iowa, 06-25-2010 19:35:49  
I want one too!!!!



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John Harmon

06-25-2010 17:29:25
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
Back in the 1940's dad picked corn with an Hart-Parr 18-28 pulling some kind of old side elevator corn picker,can't remember what brand. Any way he carried a 16 Ga. shot gun on the Hart-Parr in a rifle saddle scabbard he got some where and we had many pheasant based meals during corn picking times. One time he got two cock pheasants who were fighting in front of the tractor and only used one shot to do it with. Even when he got old he would love to tell any one willing to listen how one time he killed two cock pheasants with one shot from his 16 Ga, shot gun.

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TGIN

06-25-2010 17:26:21
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
I strap a leather scabbard on the tractor . Easy to move from one tractor to the other and holds the gun good and tight . It is not legal to carry a loaded gun or shoot from a tractor so I never load it and always get atleast 10 ft. from the tractor before I load and shoot and blow a loud whistle to give the animal a fair chance !!



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WGWKy

06-25-2010 16:38:17
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
My uncle had a metal shotgun holder from an army Jeep, it bolted to the floor and dashboard. There was a spring loaded bar that holds the gun in place. A rifle or shotgun ok but I just make noise with a pistol!



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hayray

06-25-2010 15:52:50
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
I jsut carry a pistol, too much other junk to deal with in the cab, I think it would be pretty hard and somewhat more dangerous swinging a long gun around in there.



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Gun Guru

06-25-2010 15:09:37
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
The brother of a guy I work with shoots deer right from his combine, opens the door- aims, fires. He owns a few hundred acres. He even does it with the combine chugging along working too. (so I am told) My opinion is that if its your land and a cop didnt see it then it is legal. (rented land would be different)

As far as a spot to put the gun......Take your pick. Use a clip on the top of the tractor, or have a stand right next to you with the gun clipped into an upright rack.

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Will- Tx.-Mn.

06-25-2010 17:35:27
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Gun Guru, 06-25-2010 15:09:37  
I agree with you

Will



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8Nr--WI

06-25-2010 15:53:00
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Gun Guru, 06-25-2010 15:09:37  
He even can get the job done with the combine working???

He must be a good shot!!!

My OPINION is “Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching—even when doing the wrong thing is legal.”

Owning 10 acres or 1000 acres doesn't make it legal....my comments are not meant to get you p....ed off at me, you and I probably would get along really well.

Tim---WI Certified Hunter Ed. Instructor

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Gun Guru

06-26-2010 06:44:14
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to 8Nr--WI, 06-25-2010 15:53:00  
I am told that he has dropped deer while the combine is moving along (slowly).

As far as ethical behavior, well....How many guys here have fired a shot in "the suburbs" or how many of us speed in our cars, or looked at a woman with nice mammary glands, but not while your wife was with you.

I am guilty of all of the above, I would never admit to the speeding or shooting in front of a cop.

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old

06-25-2010 15:07:12
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
My self I carry a pistol when I think I need a gun for varmints. I carry my 44 mag with every other one being a shot shell. You might also check a place in your area that sells saddles most will have saddle bags for long guns that is also how I carry one on a tractor if I need a long gun



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Toby Oats

06-25-2010 14:19:47
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
we take and put the gun in a soft case and bungee cord it to the fenders. That way the dust stays off and is in easy acsees, i supose it would only work if the tractor had flat fenders but its what we do. hope this helps, Toby.



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PJH

06-25-2010 12:29:13
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
Old neighbor shared a WC with his brother during WWII. He plowed at night, brother during the day. Everything was rationed during the war. His wife was feeding a cute little fox in the back yard, and it got to killing chickens. He slipped an old top hammer single shot 12 guage over the battery box, and under the gas tank on the WC, figgering that he'd get a glimpse of the fox from the tractor. Sure enuf, as he made an end turn, he spotted his eyes across the corner of the field. Keeping his eye on the fox, he slipped it up in road gear and headed towards him, but he forgot about a little ditch across his path. When the tricycle front dropped in the ditch, the shotgun slid forward, the hammer caught the bottom of the gas tank just right, and Mr. Davis shot the voltage regulator plumb off of the tractor. With his ears ringing and a bloody lip from the steering wheel, the fox got away.

As told to me by Mr. Davis, R.I.P.

Paul

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RN

06-25-2010 11:56:30
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
Check state laws on hunting varmits on your property, concealed carry laws. Iowa concealed carry laws has/had a section on carrying loaded firearms for hunting in/on vehicle- couple quirks about deer season and road but brother and friend with license said could handle raccoons and pests OK legally. Another guy used to carry single shot .22 rifle on JD60, was pretty good at throttle down, pull clutch lever back, pull little rifle from scabbard and shoot- DNR refused him a license for the nearby lake area, said they had seen him collect close to limit on his own fields of pheasants and couple ducks so leave some for rest of hunters- they noted he'd paid for small game, etc license for private use and just wanted to keep records straight on how many he'd taken. Might need to check for a pest control permit like some states seem to have as hunting license loophole. If legal (or you are discrete when being illegal) then may I suggest the Savage 24 camper with short rifle and shotgun barrels or the 24V with .22mag over 20 gauge. RN

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Case e

06-25-2010 11:48:20
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
What about a hard case (like they mount on 4 wheelers) mounted to the inner fender? Keeps the dirt and weather out and can be locked for SAFETY.



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Bevan

06-25-2010 11:03:06
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
Iowa has a pursuing game from a motor vehicle law. No mention of vermin. I was written up on the pursuing game on a motor vehicle. I rode out to a deer on a 4 wheeler (chiseled ground and a broken foot in a cast) I thought was dead from being shot. It got up and walked, fell, walked, fell, walked, and finally got hung up in a fence and I called to one of my buds to shoot it. New to the neighborhood townie calls the DNR on me. He issued a ticket on me. Tried to explain the situation, but you know how that goes.

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Goose

06-25-2010 10:50:02
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
A couple of military surplus twin .50's shouldn't be too hard to mount.



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Mathias NY

06-25-2010 10:35:05
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
In NYS it is considered illegal to have a loaded firearm in or on a motorized vehicle. There are partial exceptions for muzzle loaded rifles, water foul hunters, and pistols. A loaded shotgun on a tractor would not go over well.

Incidentally, I do have a bolt action 410, with pistol grip and 18.25" barrel, modified specifically for for hitting woodchucks from the tractor. I've never used it for that task because I'm not interested in the consequences it I were caught.

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Fordfarmer

06-25-2010 10:24:13
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
Know of one guy who mounted a Kolpin (sp?) hard gun case to the fender of his tractor. I just carry a Ruger MK II in a holster.



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DiyDave

06-25-2010 09:59:49
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
I made a rack for my D-14 that used the seam of the gas tank as the contact point, it kept my 22 magnum high up and out of the way of most brush, yet close enough to pop groundhogs. Man I was a killin machine, while bush hogging, got so that I could stand up, get the gun, pop the hand clutch, and shoot the hog, with the mower still runnin. Had it down to a science, the bush hog was out of balance, and vibrated the front of the tractor up and down ever so slowly, just take a half breath, wait for the front to start up, and pull the trigger! If I were to do it over, I would get one of those fur lined scabbards (Kolpin)that fit atv's, and mount it over the tank or on the fender.

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Gene-WI

06-25-2010 09:37:35
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
Better check your gun laws before you shoot from the tractor I had the same idea and asked a DNR offical if I could shoot gophers from the tractor while I was plowing, he said "we like to confiscate tractors, combines and expensive equipment" Might be different where you're from but better check. We can carry a gun on the tractor but can't shoot from it.



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Fordfarmer

06-25-2010 10:28:42
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Gene-WI, 06-25-2010 09:37:35  
Yup... DNR= Dang Near Russia Dont have much use for them and their red tape.



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kyplowboy

06-25-2010 10:01:41
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Gene-WI, 06-25-2010 09:37:35  
A buddy of mine had a possum cop show up at his house ask'n if he knew anything about some dead deer in his bean field. He said he didn't know any thing about it and didn't care. Guy told him how he should care about some one poaching on his farm to which he replied "when I show up at the court house to pay my property taxes and they tell me not to worry about it a deer came by last week and paid them for you the government goats will be welcome, till then I don't care how they die."

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dhermesc

06-25-2010 11:30:43
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to kyplowboy, 06-25-2010 10:01:41  
"when I show up at the court house to pay my property taxes and they tell me not to worry about it a deer came by last week and paid them for you the government goats will be welcome, till then I don't care how they die"

Excellent!

As my father in law says, I've fed more of them than I'll ever kill.



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Bevan

06-25-2010 09:55:35
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Gene-WI, 06-25-2010 09:37:35  
What a jerk of a DNR agent. Form over function. The DNR agent could just come out and trap all your vermin that dig up your fields for you then. LOL. Doubt they will do that.



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Bill46

06-25-2010 10:48:47
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:55:35  
Yeah, had a game warden turn me in for cleaning out a small creek bed. Dad did for years to keep the water out of the fields. He called the Corp of Engineers. After a ton of money and a lawyer...they lost intrest. Same guy that tried to write me a summons for shooting snakes from the tractor. We went to court over that one. I charged him with unwanted trespass.
Come to find out, he was bidding against me when I bought my grand dad's old farm across the road. Made the statement "he will pay for that". Ask the judge to keep him off the place. He agreed...and fined him all I lost to the CoE.

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kyplowboy

06-25-2010 09:32:01
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 Re: Gun rack for tractor.... in reply to Bevan, 06-25-2010 09:23:38  
My brother made vertical rack that bolted to the fender on a AC 185. Had little loop the but set in on the floor board and the barrel held in a V with a small tarp strap. He kept an old 30-30 on it and he rolled alot of coyoties.



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