According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, about 100 million Americans – roughly 40 percent of the population over the age of 16 – participate in hunting, fishing and wildlife-watching activities. That’s a lot of people… who need a lot of vehicles. Unless you live next to a forest or river, you’re going to need a vehicle to take you to the animals – and to take the animals back. A good hunting/fishing vehicle requires torque, cargo space and towing capabilities. Here are a few tips on how to find one with these requirements.
Four-Wheel Drive/All-Wheel Drive
A hunting/fishing vehicle needs plenty of torque to get out of the water, sand, mud and other topographic annoyances that will threaten to ruin your trips. With a four-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive vehicle, you will not have to worry about getting stuck (for the most part), because its drivetrain supplies torque to all wheels simultaneously. Choice vehicles with 4WD or AWD include the Land Rover Range Rover, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Ridgeline.
Truck, SUV Or Jeep
As anyone can see, SUVs, jeeps and trucks are ideal vehicles for outdoors adventuring. It’s no coincidence, then, that they’re popular with hunters and fishermen. Along with possessing 4WD/AWD, these vehicle types generally contain excess cargo space for hauling hunting and fishing equipment and spoils. While some sedans and coupes have AWD and lots of cargo space, SUVs, jeeps and trucks are reliable sources for both necessities. However, trucks provide an additional service that most of the others vehicles do not: towing. Typically associated with strength and power, pickup trucks like the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado can tow thousands of pounds of cargo with ease – plus there’s a 4WD option.
Comes With A Hitch
A vehicle that comes with a hitch is essential for fishermen who use a boat and hunters who use a trailer. Most trucks have a hitch, as do some jeeps and SUVs. Vehicles that have 4WD/AWD, cargo space and a hitch – and are thus perfect for hunting and fishing – include the 2020 Ford F-150 and 2020 Honda Ridgeline. If the hunting vehicle of your dreams doesn’t have a hitch, a towing package may be available for purchase.
Hunting and fishing entails unpredictable terrain and lots of work. For these reasons, hunters and fishermen need a vehicle with four-wheel-drive, extra cargo space and towing capabilities: choosing a suitable vehicle will make all the difference to your next hunting trip.