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LaSportsman

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Have a good coating of AZ pinstripes on my F-250. Just over 50,000 miles on it. I prefer to buy my trucks used, 2-3 years old so it's easier the first time I take them in the woods or desert but trucks are meant to be used.

I hate seeing 3/4 and 1 ton trucks jacked up with shiny accessories. Destroys the towing power and never going to take it off-road, not that I would choose a big truck for off-roading that wasn't hunting related.
 

std7mag

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I had a 95' Neon that i used for the gamelands roads. You use what you have.
Now i have an 89' Dodge W100. She does 60 mph on the interstate, but off road, she's a tank!
My neighbor that i hunt with sometimes, refuses to ride in it. He insists on taking his 18' Tacoma.
But he won't take it where i go with mine.
Oh, he still owes about $30K. I paid $2,500 for mine. :D:
 

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88man

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I need to find the picture of my old 96 F 150 single cab short bed from back in 2000 or 2001 coming off Carter Mt with a fourwheeler and 3 cow elk and 4 guys in the bed and 3 guys in the cab.
 

Nick_CO

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I would rather take my old truck than someone who is going to get irritated when we get in and out of their truck with muddy boots or have breakfast and coffee inside, God forbid someone spills!

I had an old 4runner years ago and the rear window/tailgate wouldnt open. I shot a muley buck after work one day and my buddy and I shoved the thing through one of the back doors. Thats why I can't have nice things.
 

88man

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I would rather take my old truck than someone who is going to get irritated when we get in and out of their truck with muddy boots or have breakfast and coffee inside, God forbid someone spills!

I had an old 4runner years ago and the rear window/tailgate wouldnt open. I shot a muley buck after work one day and my buddy and I shoved the thing through one of the back doors. Thats why I can't have nice things.
Me neither.
 

Madman

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I use my truck most of the time, but being a Raptor I do find it a bit difficult in the really narrow areas, so when the going gets really rough......I bust out the Jeep.....It's been doing this stuff for 70+ years....so I'm sure it's seen and done it all! Bit cold of a ride when the Snow is deep in the Rockies in November, however!IMG_1392.jpgIMG_1348.jpgNew Image.JPGIMG_1655.jpg
 

bowhuntmontana

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I had a 2000 Ford Escort in college and the first year post college. Drove that thing everywhere because it was what I had. It carried more than a few deer, and a quartered out bull elk.

I moved a few years ago and traded in my Nissan Frontier, which I really liked. Needed better mileage for my new commute.I picked up a 2006 Subaru Forester with low miles. I swear that thing is more capable than my Frontier. The all wheel drive system on those things is astonishing. It has packed out multiple elk, deer, antelope, and turkeys. Not so sure I will go back to a truck. It has been that good. And I am super stealthy at trailheads. No one expects the Subaru driver to be hunting. Mushrooms maybe, but not elk.
 

dirtclod Az.

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We had two old timers in our hunt camp that used to tow
jeeps to northern Cal. to hunt Blacktails.They would put the jeep
in low and let it go down the rutted roads run off and glass,catch back up
to the Jeep and carry on.Great beer haulers on a hot day.:cool:
 

wllm1313

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I picked up a 2006 Subaru Forester with low miles. I swear that thing is more capable than my Frontier.
Did you just run it stock? My wife has a forester and when the my corolla hits 300k we are going to buy her a new car and I'm taking over the forester... I'm wondering if I can install a 1.5in lift on it so I can fit mud ties.. the stock clearance is pretty tight.
 

LCH

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I've hunted out of a Ford Fiesta, an Escape, a Durango, and an F150. I had problems in all but the F150 with the belly scraping on humped up roads, rocks, etc. Never had much trouble with traction, clearance is a major issue though.
 

wllm1313

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I've hunted out of a Ford Fiesta, an Escape, a Durango, and an F150. I had problems in all but the F150 with the belly scraping on humped up roads, rocks, etc. Never had much trouble with traction, clearance is a major issue though.
The old corollas actually have decent clearance... like I can change my oil without having to use a jack...now civics and accords you can barely fit your hand under those things.
 

Scarey

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Downsides... well lots, Upside you can drive from Denver to Baker , hunt pronghorn for a week, drive to Bozeman, hunt for a elk with a buddy for a week and then drive back to denver... all for less than $200 in gas.
Down side is my hybrid does not like the snow or mud, too low to the ground, but it stops deer in their tracks when the motor shuts off while I'm holding the brakes. They just don't know what to think, makes me laugh every time.
 

2ski

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2001 Ford explorer. I still own it even though my every day car is a CRV. I took that explorer everywhere....everywhere. I've whitenuckled it going over muddy/snowy mountain passes. Put it in 4 low plenty of times out of need. Pretty sure 99% of 4wd vehicles have never been in 4L. I have over 300k on that car.

My other hunting rig is my grandfather and dad's 1977 Chevy Bonanza package. I'd like to do something to it. Everything is factory. Anyone have any suggestions? New suspension? Lift it? I'd like a little more clearance.
 

bowhuntmontana

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Did you just run it stock? My wife has a forester and when the my corolla hits 300k we are going to buy her a new car and I'm taking over the forester... I'm wondering if I can install a 1.5in lift on it so I can fit mud ties.. the stock clearance is pretty tight.
Stock. It has worked great. Even stock it has something like 8 or 9 inches of ground clearance, which was actually pretty close to my 4WD Frontier because of the rear differential.
 

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rideold

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That's perfect... I hadn't even considered adding a skid plate.
Skid plates are nice! I wish I had one on the old jetta we used to have. Would have saved me the headache of replacing the motor! Of course, not driving it like we did in the first place would have probably save the same headache....
 
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