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Jeep for hunting vehicle

Posted By: Sewer rat

Jeep for hunting vehicle - 04/27/22 03:54 AM

My first vehicle was a 1967 jeep CJ-5. It was my daily driver for 4 years so I know about them. That was nearly 30 years ago though.

Right now I have and use UTVs. I own 8 of them which I use for work primarily. They are great but ours don't have cabs or even windshields as they get broken or scratched up horribly in no time.

We have a couple far blinds at the ranch that never got hunted last season because no one wanted to freeze their butt off on the long drive there in a UTV. Call us wimps or whatever but in below freezing temps and wind chill from riding in a UTV they are no fun. By the time you get to the blind you are freezing to death and it makes for a miserable hunt.

Of course they offer UTVs with cabs and heaters but they are north of 20k. Looking used I see some decent jeeps in the 10k range. I am contemplating ditching the UTV I have at the ranch and replacing it with a jeep. I am thinking something from the 90s or early 2000's with heat and air and a hard top. I think it would go wherever I need to.

Has anyone done this? Any regrets or downsides? I wouldn't plan on registering or insuring it. I would plan on leaving it at the ranch full time.

I think my UTV would bring 15k easily. From what I have seen that would buy a lot of jeep. I just worry how one would far being left outside in the elements at the ranch. I don't have anywhere to store inside.
Posted By: Hudbone

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 04/27/22 10:17 AM

Only being sensible and economically conservative. I have been hunting out of an 02 Tacoma for years and am much more comfortable than the yahoos driving around in their noisy side by sides. Tires are key here as you don't want to be stranded in the pasture. When needed or if you prefer to upgrade, I strongly suggest Deestones bias ply tires with 10-12 ply rating. Fill 'em with goop and be done with it. Besides the stronger sidewalls and flats avoidance, they are much less expensive than radial mud grips

Besides your referenced climate control, you won't be eating as much dust either and you likely will be quieter in the pasture. Try to park it somewhere providing afternoon shade and never avoid rodent deterence.
Posted By: DLALLDER

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 04/27/22 12:00 PM

Originally Posted by Sewer rat
My first vehicle was a 1967 jeep CJ-5. It was my daily driver for 4 years so I know about them. That was nearly 30 years ago though.

Right now I have and use UTVs. I own 8 of them which I use for work primarily. They are great but ours don't have cabs or even windshields as they get broken or scratched up horribly in no time.

We have a couple far blinds at the ranch that never got hunted last season because no one wanted to freeze their butt off on the long drive there in a UTV. Call us wimps or whatever but in below freezing temps and wind chill from riding in a UTV they are no fun. By the time you get to the blind you are freezing to death and it makes for a miserable hunt.

Of course they offer UTVs with cabs and heaters but they are north of 20k. Looking used I see some decent jeeps in the 10k range. I am contemplating ditching the UTV I have at the ranch and replacing it with a jeep. I am thinking something from the 90s or early 2000's with heat and air and a hard top. I think it would go wherever I need to.

Has anyone done this? Any regrets or downsides? I wouldn't plan on registering or insuring it. I would plan on leaving it at the ranch full time.

I think my UTV would bring 15k easily. From what I have seen that would buy a lot of jeep. I just worry how one would far being left outside in the elements at the ranch. I don't have anywhere to store inside.


My wife and I are looking for such a vehicle for the same reason, old wimps when temps are in the low 30's to mid teens.
Posted By: Gumbeaux

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 04/27/22 08:09 PM

The roads and trails on our place are ROUGH. One guy has a Jeep and while the AC and heat are nice, it rides rough. To me that's the tradeoff. On our place, a UTV will get you there faster and you won't be pi$$ing blood the rest of the day.

If the roads were smoother, I'd probably own a Jeep/Toyota/Samurai instead of the Mule Pro. For now, I have warm enough clothes that the cold doesn't bother me that bad.
Posted By: Creekrunner

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 04/27/22 08:43 PM

I'm in the "pissing blood" camp when it comes to Jeeps. Love the old ones, but my back hurts looking at them nowadays. I sold my '04 Rubicon 'cause I was groaning every time I got in and out of it. Hud's Tacoma idea, although hard to find, is a good one. I thought of an old 4Runner, which I think is the same frame, AND you can sleep in it if needed. up
Posted By: Hudbone

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 04/28/22 12:09 PM

If only you could find a late seventies full size bronco. It's just that most would never part with one.
Posted By: BOBO the Clown

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 04/28/22 01:44 PM

WTX Rough- UTV W/HVAC
Smoother oil field type roads- Taco w/HVAC
Posted By: Hudbone

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 04/28/22 02:23 PM

Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
WTX Rough- UTV W/HVAC
Smoother oil field type roads- Taco w/HVAC


The Taco would run circles around you in WTX. It's not like it hasn't been there before.
Posted By: freerange

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 04/28/22 02:39 PM

Originally Posted by Hudbone
Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
WTX Rough- UTV W/HVAC
Smoother oil field type roads- Taco w/HVAC


The Taco would run circles around you in WTX. It's not like it hasn't been there before.

Too bad STX is sitting out, he would be all over the WTX UTV/Taco comparison.
Posted By: Hudbone

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 04/28/22 04:18 PM

Originally Posted by freerange
Originally Posted by Hudbone
Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
WTX Rough- UTV W/HVAC
Smoother oil field type roads- Taco w/HVAC


The Taco would run circles around you in WTX. It's not like it hasn't been there before.

Too bad STX is sitting out, he would be all over the WTX UTV/Taco comparison.


What does he know any way?
Posted By: Wilhunt

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 04/28/22 11:30 PM

How about an older pickup with 4-wheel drive.
Posted By: Reloder28

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 05/02/22 02:18 AM

Hunted a ranch that was 8 miles to the back fence. I rode it on my Honda Rancher in 20° weather with no issues. Appropriate apparel makes the difference.
Posted By: Hudbone

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 05/02/22 09:41 AM

Yeah, loveyed being three miles back in 38 degree weather on a Polaris Sportsman when an unexpected rain storm hit. That ain't never gonna happen again, as in never. No way, no how. No reason for it.
Posted By: Creekrunner

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 05/02/22 11:01 AM

Originally Posted by Wilhunt
How about an older pickup with 4-wheel drive.


Best all-around ranch vehicle is a regular-cab, 8' bed, 4WD pickup. Hard to find nowadays. If you can high-center that, you need to figure a different road.
Posted By: Sprman

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 05/03/22 01:33 PM

Got me a '81 Datsun 4x4 reg cab with a flatbed as well as a sxs. Both have their uses and both get the job done.

overall comfort, the sxs wins everytime.
Posted By: Reloder28

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 05/15/22 03:24 AM

I weighed my options for many years before I settled on a Honda 2018 Pioneer 700 over a Jeep. Much rather trailer a 1500 # UTV than a 3500# Jeep.

I wanted an SXS since they came out in 1998. Waited until Honda offered something decent. Took them forever. Until then I got 20+ years of faithful service from my 2000 Rancher. That rig got me into places I never want to go again.
Posted By: spg

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 05/15/22 10:54 PM

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Rides smooth and stays cool
Posted By: Pigsicles

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 05/16/22 11:24 PM

Started with a 1988 Jeap Wrangler that was a beast but my shoulders finally couldn’t take the rough ride any longer. Moved on to a couple Honda ATVs, a 2006 Recon and a 2006 Rancher that were excellent and did much less damage to the roads during wet weather. Added a Polar Sport trailer (aka Buck Buggy) that hauled corn to feeders and deer and hogs away.
Now I’m loving a 2014 Honda 700-4 SXS, especially with grandsons that love to go to the ranch and ride around with me. I kept the Rancher also for when the wife or guests are out.
The Jeep was fun for awhile but the 7-8 mpg and the ride with big all terrain tires finally beat me.
Posted By: stxranchman

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 05/21/22 12:27 AM

When I started mule deer hunting in West Texas, I hunted out of truck. In 2011 I bought a 84 CJ7 and hunted out of 1 yr only. It was a nice ride but had issues with carb. I could not get off the road like I wanted to do with. Heater, roof and windshield were nice but not as nice as the truck. I traded the CJ7 for a 2008 Polaris Ranger and that changed how I hunted mule deer after that. I could access areas faster that I could not in a jeep or truck. I could cover more ground in a day than I could in a week out of my jeep or truck or on foot. I added a roof, half windshield, shooting rail and gun boots. I sold it and bought a new 2014 Polaris Ranger. For my style of hunting the Ranger or Mule would be hands down the winner. Nowadays you can get heaters, windshields, roof, doors, full cab, etc for one if you choose. I now own a 2022 Ranger for hunting whitetails on my own land. Roof, front windshield and 12v heater are all I need at this time.
Posted By: Wilson Combat

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 05/29/22 01:45 PM

Unless it's below 50 degrees or raining I hunt out of a Kawasaki Pro FXT SxS which in my opinion is the best SxS on the market and I've tried most of them.

For colder weather or rainy days I tried a 2 door Wrangler, rode WAY too rough, then tried a 4 door Wrangler Unlimited, still road too rough, especially where the hogs have been rooting. Then in 2019 switched to a Jeep Renegade, MUCH smoother ride and will get me places that I should go. Besides the ride it's super quiet, I have a lot of success hunting out of it.
Posted By: onlysmith&wesson

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 05/30/22 01:33 PM

Originally Posted by Wilson Combat
Unless it's below 50 degrees or raining I hunt out of a Kawasaki Pro FXT SxS which in my opinion is the best SxS on the market and I've tried most of them.

For colder weather or rainy days I tried a 2 door Wrangler, rode WAY too rough, then tried a 4 door Wrangler Unlimited, still road too rough, especially where the hogs have been rooting. Then in 2019 switched to a Jeep Renegade, MUCH smoother ride and will get me places that I should go. Besides the ride it's super quiet, I have a lot of success hunting out of it.

How do you have it set up? Lift, tallest tires, etc? Those are small and look easily towable but stock seem to have low ground clearance.
Posted By: SnakeWrangler

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 06/01/22 04:57 PM

Originally Posted by Hudbone
If only you could find a late seventies full size bronco. It's just that most would never part with one.


This one is my oldest sons….we got it for him when he turned 16….just turned 24 and plans on keeping it forever…

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Posted By: HuntnFly67

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 06/01/22 05:07 PM

I just bought a 2003 XTerra for this exact reason. Not sure how I want to outfit her yet, but bedliner and rattle can camo sure feel appealing.
Posted By: SnakeWrangler

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 06/01/22 06:17 PM


For the win…..

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Posted By: Wytex

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 06/02/22 04:46 AM

Suzuki Samurai, wish we had one for mountain hunting.
Posted By: BOBO the Clown

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 06/02/22 05:04 AM


Mule vs jeep
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Posted By: txvarminter

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 06/07/22 06:06 AM

Have had a Geo Tracker, Ranger Crew and I prefer my Suburban , heat, A/C and will run down the highway 85mph and doesn't require a trailer to get me to where I'm going. Just get in an drive [Linked Image]
Posted By: HWY_MAN

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 08/13/22 01:10 PM

I guess I'm going to find out, picked this up a couple of weeks ago. 2022 JLU Willys.
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I was more concerned with it's on road abilities and was quite surprised. Just took it to Ruidoso and back, it's not as smooth and quiet as the Caddy but it's on par with my GMC. Since it's got the aerodynamics of a brick, that was a pleasant surprise. Averaged just over 20 mpg.
Posted By: Qchunter

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 08/16/22 09:32 PM

Originally Posted by Sewer rat
My first vehicle was a 1967 jeep CJ-5. It was my daily driver for 4 years so I know about them. That was nearly 30 years ago though.

Right now I have and use UTVs. I own 8 of them which I use for work primarily. They are great but ours don't have cabs or even windshields as they get broken or scratched up horribly in no time.

We have a couple far blinds at the ranch that never got hunted last season because no one wanted to freeze their butt off on the long drive there in a UTV. Call us wimps or whatever but in below freezing temps and wind chill from riding in a UTV they are no fun. By the time you get to the blind you are freezing to death and it makes for a miserable hunt.

Of course they offer UTVs with cabs and heaters but they are north of 20k. Looking used I see some decent jeeps in the 10k range. I am contemplating ditching the UTV I have at the ranch and replacing it with a jeep. I am thinking something from the 90s or early 2000's with heat and air and a hard top. I think it would go wherever I need to.

Has anyone done this? Any regrets or downsides? I wouldn't plan on registering or insuring it. I would plan on leaving it at the ranch full time.

I think my UTV would bring 15k easily. From what I have seen that would buy a lot of jeep. I just worry how one would far being left outside in the elements at the ranch. I don't have anywhere to store inside.


I would be glad to take care of those blinds this winter. I have a SxS and have room for 1 more. 😉😂
Posted By: Blank

Re: Jeep for hunting vehicle - 08/25/22 11:55 PM

New CJ-5 project. One man's trash is another's treasure. Full roll cage, 225 V6, dual exhaust, headers, new carb, 33x12.50 15" tires. Arched and tempered springs, Skyjacker shocks, EMU shackles.
$1000.

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