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Hunting rigs

In have always been a Ford Bronco fan. I have owned several over the years and you can not beat them for getting you in out of the woods.

My first

My second

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My present one

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2001 Dodge

I drive a 2001 Dodge Ram 4X4 with OffRoad and Tow Package. I have had transmisson and transfer case problems, both within 3 months of eachother but otherwise a good truck.

 

My favorite that I have owned was a 1977 Toyota FJ40 LandCrusier. That was one tough and go anywhere truck.

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JTapia wrote:

I drive a 2001 Dodge Ram 4X4 with OffRoad and Tow Package. I have had transmisson and transfer case problems, both within 3 months of eachother but otherwise a good truck.

 

My favorite that I have owned was a 1977 Toyota FJ40 LandCrusier. That was one tough and go anywhere truck.

 

Dodge can be kinda hit and miss when it comes to reliability, on the late models anyway, so I've been told.  I only owned one Ram and my experience turned out to be pretty good, it was just underpowered for a V8 Magnum.  Those old LandCruisers are one of the best off-road vehicles ever introduced.  They are not roomy for elk hunting, but they make an excellent all around outdoor off-road vehicle though. 

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The one I drive now is a 1998

The one I drive now is a 1998 Chevy 3500 4X4 Crew cab long bed, the only problem with it is it loves fuel and turning space. The wife drives a Chevy s10 crew cab, if you dont mind the small size it is great in the sand.

In the past I started out with IH Scout a 1963 and later a 1970, I loved these except for the breaks. The best comfort that I had for hunting was the 1989 and then a 1993 chevy suburban, then after that I down sized to a 1994 Jeep Cherokee.

To the best of my memory I think that is all the 4X4s that I have owned. The wife is looking for one now but I keep telling her that it sets a little low it is called a Camero or Vet Big smile

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fuel efficient

JSmitty wrote:

The one I drive now is a 1998 Chevy 3500 4X4 Crew cab long bed, the only problem with it is it loves fuel and turning space. The wife drives a Chevy s10 crew cab, if you dont mind the small size it is great in the sand.

In the past I started out with IH Scout a 1963 and later a 1970, I loved these except for the breaks. The best comfort that I had for hunting was the 1989 and then a 1993 chevy suburban, then after that I down sized to a 1994 Jeep Cherokee.

To the best of my memory I think that is all the 4X4s that I have owned. The wife is looking for one now but I keep telling her that it sets a little low it is called a Camero or Vet Big smile

 

The good thing that's come out of Detroit within the last model year or two is how much better the full sized pick-up truck fuel efficiency has become.  Anywhere from 18 MPG to 21 MPG for highway.  Not bad for a V8 engine pulling a 1/2 ton. 

I have to admit that of all the things I miss about my '02 Grand Cherokee (and I miss it a lot) is the tight turn radius that thing had.  In 2 wheel drive it would turn inside the radius of most sedans.  I never had a problem manuevering in tight parking lots or in small turn-outs off the side of the road.

Since my 2010 Supercrew F-150 doesn't have a tight turn radius (even worse in 4 wheel drive) I opted for the shorter 5.5' bed.  I figure that would still give me enough hauling capability in the bed plus it would be a bit easier to manuver and park. 

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Also WesternHunter i've

Also WesternHunter i've got,she's got (gave it to daughter) a 2000 ranger that's got over 200K,i had to grow up to F150...My Pop's has a 02 F150 with well over 300K...

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Any elk hunters here who use smaller or mid sized pickups on elk hunts?  I've hunted with a buddy who has a Toyota Tacoma and has brought it elk hunting.  It's a great off-road vehicle, but I have no idea how he's able get that thing out of the mountains loaded down with a quartered bull packed in the bed and all his gear packed in the cab.  I had seriously considered buying a Tacoma due to it's high ground clearance, off-road capability, and nimbleness.  What stopped me was that I was already too used to the space capacity my old Ram 1500 had offered on previous trips.  I figured I should opt for more space and payload capacity if anything, so I went with the newer F-150.  I guess if I only hunted white tail, pronghorn, waterfowl, small game, and fished I could get away with just having something like a Tacoma.  I figure since I throw elk into the mix every year or every other year I should have a larger truck too.  But did I really need a reason to buy a full sized truck?  No way!lol

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I like the looks of the

I like the looks of the Tacoma and the high clearance.  I thought about getting one of them too, but the recent problems with Toyota soured me on them.  I understand that all vehicles have problems from time to time, but what matters to me is how the company addresses the problem.  Based on the reports, Toyota appears to have tried to cover up their accelator problem instead of manning up and fixing it.  Customer service must always come before profits in my book.

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I have found out that no

I have found out that no matter what vehicle you buy you always want or need more room.  I know that in my case even with a long bed truck when I put my wheeler into the bed it didn't leave that much room left for gear or an animal when I got one.  I now have a set of racks where I can load my wheeler on sideways and it still leaves me the whole bed for gear.  There have been a couple of times that the extra room with the wheeler sideways came in very handy. 

Here is a picture of two wheelers up on the truck in Arizona after a little snow storm.  Placing them on the truck this way avoids the need to drag a trailer around and leaves the bottom of the bed open for all your gear. 

 

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smaller trucks will get the

smaller trucks will get the job done. Wish I had a pick of this one but it was in the 2007 cow rifle hunt in unit 34 in southern NM, my daughter, son-in-law, and myself were driving on a road meeting a small Toyota a bought a mid 90s model with 3 guys in the front seat and 1 I thought on the cab, when we drove past he was on top of 4 cow elk dressed out. The pickup was down on its axles.

All I COULD SAY WAS GOOD JOB GUYS   

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