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In your opinion, what would make the ideal hunting rig? Is it a truck or suv? What engine and trans? What options would it have to have?
 

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Depends on how and what you hunt. I'd do a crew cab pick-up before I'd do an SUV. I have a 4-door 4WD Tundra I think is about ideal. A similar Ford, Chevy, GMC Dodge would also do nicely. For a truck, a cap is a must. Other than that, the trannies and engines are all a matter of personal preference. The engine/transmission needs to deliver enough horsepower and torque to do what you want to, but if you drive any distance, gas mileage is a consideration.
 

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I always go back and forth betwween a truck and a suv. The truck has to have a cap and be set up with dog boxes. Both would have to be 4WD and I would like limeted slip. It would definitely be a Chevy or GMC. I like a dual battery set up and larger fuel tank. If it had a choice of v8 or 6, I would take the 8. I would like the 4WD system to have an Auto Mode as well as 4WD-L and 4WD-H. Just to name a few things!
 

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I like my pick up truck, but have always thought of getting an older wrangler with a lift kit when back on the trail. I can't see spending the money on a quad or UTV, but would o. A wrangler
 

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I'd probably lean toward a Tahoe Z-71 with 6" of suspension lift, a winch and a set of 305 Mud-Terrain T/A's. Seat 6 or 7 guys if you're running around doing deer or bear drives. Or fold down the rear row of seating or both rear rows of seating and chuck it full of 3 weeks worth of gear. Add a hitch hauler to the receiver for the bloody stuff and you're set to go.
 

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I would like to have a Quigley 4X4 van! Lots of space! Deck out the interior with a bunk or two, stove, heater, maybe a pot/shower. Put a roof rack up top and a ladder out back and you've got a machine that'll go anywhere and let you live there for a little bit with some comforts.
 

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A 3/4 ton 4x4 Suburban or Excursion. Carries a lot of weight and you can sleep in it. I use my 2 door 4x4 Tahoe and I sleep in it relatively comfortably. You could do 2 but it would be tight. A 3/4 or 1 ton 4x4 van would come in right with those 2 vehicles as well.
 

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JasonN said:
I would like to have a Quigley 4X4 van! Lots of space! Deck out the interior with a bunk or two, stove, heater, maybe a pot/shower. Put a roof rack up top and a ladder out back and you've got a machine that'll go anywhere and let you live there for a little bit with some comforts.
I like it! I've always wondered why the 4X4 vans never were more popular. Now the reason would be poor gas mileage I guess!

http://www.quigley4x4.com/tabid/73/Default.aspx
 

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Any 4X4 truck with a good cap. I have a regular cab., 8ft. bed with Leer cap. I don't haul people so it suits me fine. All my clothing tubs, stands, carts, etc. fit in. I can sit in there on cold/rainy/windy mornings and get dressed. When I get a deer I push everything up to the cab and load the deer. When I get home I climb in with the hose and wash it out towards the back. Ready to go again.
 

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If I had unlimited funds to build the perfect hunting rig it would be the body of a mid sized crewcab truck like a chevy colorado or Tacoma with a 6 cylinder diesel and 4x4. Then a 6" lift and some nice off road capable tires and a cap on the back. I figure this would get me through most situations.
 

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I know a guy who hunts Wyoming and Montana every year for deer out of a Subaru station wagon he has a hitch hauler and some roof rack storage box's, he says even with his gear he gets mid to upper 20mpgs its comfortable to ride in and says its great in snow.Its not what I would think of for a hunting rig but with all those miles the gas milage would definatly add up quickly
 

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i just got a 2002 dodge dakota crew cab 4x4 with the 4.7 v8.. it has a cap and a hitch.. perfect hunting rig IMO
 

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3/4 or 1 ton diesel crew cab with front and rear lockers. Nice all terrain tires, off road suspension, towing mirrors, front and rear towing 2in receivers, 12,000 removable winch. sounds like my truck... lol
 

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3/4 or 1 ton diesel crew cab with front and rear lockers. Nice all terrain tires, off road suspension, towing mirrors, front and rear towing 2in receivers, 12,000 removable winch. sounds like my truck... lol
That,s not a Hunting rig,it,s a towing rig.
 

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good ole boy said:
WHITAKER239 said:
3/4 or 1 ton diesel crew cab with front and rear lockers. Nice all terrain tires, off road suspension, towing mirrors, front and rear towing 2in receivers, 12,000 removable winch. sounds like my truck... lol
That,s not a Hunting rig,it,s a towing rig.
Suits all of my needs. Got room for my choc lab hunting buddy, Gear, guns and the food that i put on the table(game). Tows, hauls and four wheels to move treestands. Ideal hunting rig for me.
 
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