Re: GC For hunting
I don't do much big game hunting but do a lot of waterfowl hunting and some upland bird hunting.
The Jeep can do what I need...but probably isn't the best choice...it's just 'too nice'.
I have a base model (with 4WD) '06 Nissan Pathfinder with slightly oversized all terrain tires that I hunt out of. I find that the extra space is nice when I have it full of bulky gear and frankly I just don't mind getting it nasty inside.
I try to take care of my Nissan, but I drive it through a swamp, fill it with big wet/bloody dead birds, and dump muddy waders and gear in there all of the time. It's dirty, and a little smelly.
That said, the Jeep can go where it needs to. Even with the 'better' tires on the Nissan there are a couple of muddy/rutted sections that are a little uphill on the way to our blind that I have to take a good run at to make it through. There are 6 of us that share this hunting lease and unless the ground is frozen only my Nissan and my buddy's Blazer (with mud tires) have been getting back to the blind. The other guys have been parking a mile away and hoping for a ride.
Yesterday I had client meetings that prevented me from using my Nissan (like I said, it's kind of nasty right now) during the day and needed to run out to the blind to gas/start the generator that keeps the water thawed (it was mid 30's yesterday and raining when I went out there, currently 5 degrees). I had 15 gallons of gas with me that I wasn't going to carry a mile, so I just drove out in the Jeep. I was pretty worried about the 'Touring Tires' that came with the OR2 package getting me in trouble. I set it in 'Mud Mode' and it got in and out with no issue, actually it did it with zero drama and crawled through nasty spots that usually take momentum.
I think my plan for this year is to keep using the Nissan, clean it up in the spring and sell it. Then get a beater truck. If I only went on a couple of trips a year to hunt I'd probably use my small enclosed trailer and the Jeep, but for my needs (several days a week during waterfowl season) the trailer isn't a good solution. The Jeep would be fine, but I'm just not willing to keep it that dirty for a 60 day season.
2014 Granite / Frost Beige - Limited - Lux II - Off Road II - Block Heater - CRD - 275/65/18 Michelin LTX A/T2 Tires