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Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Fat_Matt, Feb 19, 2016.
The jeep liberty makes a awesome hunting rig.
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I have a truck but strongly looked at SUV's for the reasons mentioned. Problem was most of the reliable ones were a box on a car chassis. I had an Expedtion for a couple years, camped in the back, used a hitch rack for deer. I actually ended up using the hitch rack with the pickup this year because it's easier to clean and the truck is high enough it's hard to load bigger deer up by myself. Those Geo Trackers do seem to go anywhere!
I sold my rig this fall since it was starting to fall apart so I spent the second half of the season using my wife's company car that is a minivan. My hunting buddy uses a Volvo SUV that is his every day driver. If you can get a deer into it on top of tarps, you can use it.
Heck, I could probably use the trunk of my new honda accord if needed.
After checking into SUV's this weekend I went with the Escape, but it's the older body. It has a higher ground clearance and from a few people I know they said that body style handles well off the road. I considered the jeep but reviews didn't sound to great. I'll find out in a couple weeks for myself how she'll handle off pavement.
I guess it's a little late, but I was going to ask if you considered smaller trucks like a Dakota or a Colorado?
Fwiw, I've used a Bronco II, Jeep Wrangler, and now a Dodge Dakota to hunt out of. On the wrangler, I used to tie deer on top of the spare tire when I wasn't using the hitch hauler.
Actually, the Colorado was a choice of mine, but I couldn't find one that was 2012 or newer less than 100k miles to fit into my budget. I considered the Dakota, Canyon, Tacoma but couldn't find any to fit my budget.
I used an older Chevy Caviller on a Fort Knox youth hunt. I had just got back form Korea and did not have time to purchase a truck. Borrowed a friends car and took my son to the hunt in Area 1 which at the time was a very rough tank trail. Almost did not make it. He shot his first deer and it fit in the back seat.
Another year, my truck broke down and no way was I missing out on a hunt so I used the wife's Honda CRV and it worked just fine. I could fit my climbing stand and a nice buck in the back. A Ford Escape will work just fine.