Wild Rides: 4 Vehicles for Big Game HuntingOctober 15, 2015 by Melanie Swick | Be the first to comment »
When it comes to finding the perfect vehicle for your next epic excursion, you want just the right combination of features to keep up with the unpredictable nature of the great outdoors. You need something that’s roomy enough for all your gear but that also has enough power to handle a variety of terrain and weather conditions. Sure, there’s a whole battalion of vehicles that seem to fit that description, but as a serious sportsman, you also want a ride with that little something extra. Whether it’s an SUV, truck or all-terrain vehicle, only a small group of vehicles have a reputation for being reliable hunting companions. Here are five vehicles that big game hunters seem to unanimously love. Who knows? You might just find the perfect hunting buddy.
The Forester is technically a compact SUV, but it doesn’t act like one. It’s lightweight and fuel-efficient, but the 2.5-liter Subaru Boxer four-cylinder engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive gives it all the power you need to tackle the rocky terrain of the Alaskan wilderness or the deep woods of the Appalachian mountains. The Forester has the majority of the safety features and amenities as other vehicles in this class, but it’s also decidedly no frills, making it perfect for retrofitting with just the right gear for your next excursion.
Sure, you could go with a fully stacked, 2015 Cherokee Renegade Trailhawk package with off-road suspension, a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet and Jeep’s trademark cargo management system, but our heart will always belong to the 2001 Cherokee Sport. That model was the culmination of everything we loved about the Cherokee, and it came just in the nick of time since Jeep discontinued the line to make room for a new era of Liberty and Freedom vehicles. Those models were never able to match the reliability and sheer joy of the Cherokee. It’s now considered something of an off-road classic, but you can still get a great deal on a used model through dealers like DriveTime. The online retailer even has a selection of 2001 Cherokee Sports in its preferred color: forest green.
As far as trucks go, the Tacoma is somewhat of a cult favorite among big game hunters. It’s slightly more compact than other trucks in its class, like the F-150 or the Silverado, but it matches or surpasses them on power and efficiency. Its 2.7-liter inline-four engine is capable of 180 foot-pounds of torque so it can basically climb a vertical wall or tow an ocean liner if the situation calls for it. The interior offers seat-back and overhead storage, so you never want for more compartments for keeping all of your supplies secure. Best yet, all of this is standard on a 2016 edition, which can be upgraded with a whole array of hunter-friendly features.
Argo 6×6 750 HDi
Argo’s line of all-terrain vehicles is virtually unsurpassed. Every feature has been meticulously chosen to assist you on your next big-game excursion. The six-wheeled 750 HDi can hold up to four passengers and can tow over 1,400 lbs, putting it in a class with most mid-sized trucks. It also has full-skid plate protection and can travel through creeks and shallow rivers with ease. Argo has also incorporated elements of green design into the 750 HDi. Its wheels are designed to prevent any lasting disruption to vegetation, and the mechanics work on an entirely closed system to prevent fluids from leaking. The engine is also quiet enough to let you get up close and personal with your next prize.