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WHat do you drive when you go hunting. I bet a lot of you've got the car, the truck, the snomobile... But maybe you don't. This is a semi serious inquery. I'm shopping around for a used truck maybe. Curious how your vehicles do in our crazy weather/passes AND, if you're like me, you use what you've got to the best of its ability...my minivan. Yes Oh yeah. It does pretty well uphill for an '89 and it'll sleep two with gear. Shelter on wheels. It's like being out to sea in the wind though and the old suspension doesn't really like the potted forest roads. Eventually I have to hike in farther than I want sometimes.

Looking for some good valleys or open areas on the west side. My favorite spots are a little rugged and dense. An easy gettaway would be nice to have in the pocket.

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Welcome to BGH Ford! Big smile

Here in Colorado we've always used trucks in the back country. Cars just sit too low. We have members from WA on this forum, I'm sure they'll chime in with their suggestions.

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* Chime in from Washington member* lol congrats and welcome to BGH ford.
Depending on specifically where your going , whether it is the wheet fields of the south east or the thick wet forest of the cascades i would say truck is they way to go.. For several reasons. You can throw anything in the bed.. whether it is wet dirt clean, hunting gear or animals. or people..lol plus most trucks have 4wheel drive that can help you out a lot if you get in a sticky situation. And like cowgal said cars sit to low. Sometimes you have to go over a small log, or som rocks and you need that extra ground clearance...hope it helps....

and even though i just said all that.. personally i drive a jeep... but that is because i am upsessed with them.. when i am hunting with my cousing or uncle we have truck,

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My favorite hunting rig was a small Toyota truck w/4 wheel drive. I could take it into places the Bronco could only think about. And crawling around the hill's in 4x4 it did alright on gas too. What ever it is, it's need's a couple scratches and dent's. Once you get a few, make's it a lot easier to live with the new one! Big smile

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I like my suburban for overnight hunts. I can put the futon matress in back and have room to spare. Put a "hitch haulers" on back for coolers ect.
As for access, I don't generally worry about going a ll the places that destroy vehicles, it seems like they are the most popular!
I've also been known to load up in the Toyota Celica and have had to haul plenty of deer around in cars too!
The minivan should work fine if you're not going to be on the snowy haul roads or in lots of mud.

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I used to use the family wagon....(imagine an early 90's four door ford with a couple of black bears in the hatchback) but I prefer a truck.
My father used to use a minivan even though he had a truck. He was able to pack all his food, gear and even a bike. Then he would unpack and blow up a mattress to sleep on.

A mid size truck works great, but four wheel drive can be important.

What part of WA are you in?

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I have a 1982 GMC K2500 4x4 that was used as a farm truck that I bought from my cousin. Its has a brown cab w / blue bed, 10 ply tires, and a cattle guard. Its been kicked by cows, drove through creeks, ran over small trees, and put through the rigors of farm life. The perfect hunting truck that doubles as a wood hauler Thumbs up

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A 1 ton Dodge van with 16.5" 10 ply tires. Work van. Can haul a 16' flat bed trailer if needed.
40 gallons of fuel. Plywood with sheetmetal skin on bed and partially up the walls. Easy to clean. Carries all the gear and some, securely. Makes a great mobile camp, especially when it's wet. Has a canopy that extends out the side, for those hot days in camp and cooking. Can haul up to 2 whole Roosevelt Elk and gear. Seats two. Works great for this area.
When I was hunting Nevada. I prefered a short wheel based 3/4 ton Dodge Power Wagon.

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My legs hunting starts in the back yard.... Thumbs up .....but as far as cars go....thats a no go....Trucks all the way....Ford man needs a Ranger....Easy on Gas....and narrow for MT Roads and thick brush....I got one and have been there....I got a 4" lift and 30X9.50X15 Radial RVT's and suprizingly...it throws some mud....oh yea...and I cut 2 catolic convertors off (left the 02 sensor) and added dual stright pipes on it....If need be I take my Tool box out of the back and dads 700 Polaris Sportsman fits right in.... Cry mine died Cry ....put a CB radio in and a new sterio...and a visor....Mossy oak seat covers,sportsmans warehouse stickers, Rocky Mt Elk Foundation sticker, and a Mule Deer foundation sticker...pretty much set to jet...although im about due for some new tires...the air is gonna show soon.... Laugh

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To be honest with you, I have brought home more deer, elk, grouse, salmon and steelhead, mushrooms, berries, etc... in an old 2 door, 1982 Ford Escort hatchback, than any other hunting "rig" I have ever owned. I still miss that car. Low to the ground, yes. Got stuck only once, in a snow field, one hour to get it loose. Front wheel drive is actually a good thing on those gravel roads. All things considered, four wheel drive gets more guys in trouble, than it helps. Think before you act, I always say, especially in the back country.

Best is probably what you can afford.

When I was younger, I could only afford one vehicle. Now, "later" in life, I can afford keeping a vehicle specifically for hunting, in addition to my daily driver. My choice for my hunting rig these days is a Ford Bronoc II. Now days, when going to the woods, I leave the Ford Expedition at home and take my Ford Bronco II. This is truly the poor mans jeep. A Bronco II can actually do some pretty serious four wheelin', and for a lot less than a jeep.

I would advise that you pay closer attention to the engine, drive train, tires, and a good selection of survival tools and materials, than what type of vehicle is best.

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Iceman - I hear ya on Escort. I wish I had a picture of my wife's 4 door Escort with two black bears in the back. Man, the looks we got going down I-5!

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