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Trucks

  • October 17, 2013

    Replacement Tires: Do You Need Two Sets Of Wheels?

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    By Mac Demere

    Hunters face a significant dilemma when it comes time to replace tires for their trucks. They need rubber that'll help them tackle the occasional off-road obstacle, but almost all pickups and SUVs spend their lives as commuter vehicles and often cover endless Interstate miles to remote hunting or fishing areas.

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  • October 16, 2013

    Is This Your Jeep?

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    By Steven Hill

    In the market for a hunting buggy, a project vehicle, or (perish the thought) a character-building experience for your teenage daughter? Then the Enid, Okla., Craigslist has got a deal for you: A 1997 Jeep Cherokee that comes with crank mirrors, a pinhole radiator leak and the best used-car ad ever written.  

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  • September 23, 2013

    2014 Toyota Tundra Preview: Test Driving In The North Georgia Hills

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    By Nate Matthews

    The full-size pickup truck segment is arguably the most competitive in the automotive industry, says Toyota.

    My first impression of the 2014 Toyota Tundra is, "holy sh*t, look at how big the scoop is on the top of that grille.” I write this down in my notebook. Me and Mac Demere are sitting in plush leather chairs on the grounds of Barnsley Gardens, a beautiful southern golfer’s retreat built around the ruins of an old plantation house deep in the hills of North Georgia. The truck is on screen behind Bill Fay, Toyota’s General Manager, who is running through the vehicle’s new features before turning us loose to play with the real thing for an afternoon.

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  • August 20, 2013

    First Look: Goodyear's Newest Kevlar Tire, the Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure

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    By Nate Matthews

    I learned last week at the press premiere for Goodyear's newest product, the Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure, that the company has exclusive rights to put Kevlar, a synthetic fiber used to make body armor, in its tires. Kevlar, according to Goodyear, makes tires lighter, tougher, and more puncture-resistant, which lets the company offer a 60,000-mile tread life warranty that is 20 percent longer than the warranty they offer on their other Wrangler tires. Goodyear bills the Adventure as its "most versatile tire," a true 4-season model designed to spend 80 percent of its time on pavement and 20 percent on dirt.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 23, 2013

    Is This The Hunting Truck of the Future?

    By Ben Romans


    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to blend your old hunting truck with a tank, the Batmobile, and possibly a Transformer Autobot? Well, Parker Brothers Concepts, a fabrication specialty company in Florida, didn’t just ponder the thought—they actually created their vision.

    Enter The Boss—a reworked Hummer H1 created for an outdoorsman from the future. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 9, 2013

    Best SUV: Jeep Grand Cherokee

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    By Slaton L. White

    $28,795; (jeep.com) The Grand Cherokee is a result of Jeep’s thorough understanding of its target demographic—outdoorsmen who want true 4x4 capability but a manifestly higher degree of interior comfort, as well as a far more refined appearance. 

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  • June 11, 2013

    Good Truck Gear: 2 Sylvania Products Make Your Headlights Bright Again

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    By Slaton L. White

    This is all started during turkey season. I was driving down a secondary road well before dawn and was having a hard time locating the turnoff to the field where I was going to meet my hunting partner. I thought: “Are my headlamps even on?”

    They were, but they really looked like dim bulbs to me.

    My truck is a 2001 Explorer Sport Trac, with the OE headlamps. They’ve seen a lot of miles. Later, in the full light of day, when I took a closer look, I could also see the lenses had “fogged over,” the haze a product of exposure to years of ultraviolet rays. No wonder I had trouble finding my turn.

    Owners of older trucks face a similar problem, but here’s a quick and easy fix, courtesy of Sylvania Automotive Lighting. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 5, 2013

    2013 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition: Best SUV For Kayak Fishing?

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    By Nate Matthews

    Last month I had the pleasure of test driving a 2013 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition for two weeks, first on a trout trip to the Catskill Mountains, then while scouting and competing in this year's Kayak Fishing Classic, a three-day saltwater tournament in New York City. This wasn't a technical test (for a good one of those, click here), but it was an opportunity to use the truck the way it was designed to be driven—to carry lots of gear in challenging conditions both on- and off-road.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 13, 2013

    First Look: 2014 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab

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    By Slaton L. White


    When General Motors filed for bankruptcy in the dark days of 2009, the only light at the end of tunnel was its truck line. But given the order of magnitude of the fall from grace of this industrial behemoth, you could be forgiven if you believed the light at the end of the tunnel was merely that of an oncoming train.

    That’s because the truck market is incredibly competitive these days. You just can’t come out with a new model every ten years or so and assume full-size truck buyers—the last really brand-loyal folks out there—will wait to see what you’ve done.

    Fortunately for hunters and fisherman, the new Silverado is all truck—and then some. I got a sneak peak at the 2014 Crew Cabs a couple of days ago. With its big square front end and dual stacked headlamps, it still looks like a Chevy, though it’s a bit more aerodynamic without going all curvy on you. But the real news for outdoorsmen is what’s been done in three key areas: powertrain, the bed, and the interior. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 25, 2013

    Review: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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    By Slaton L. White

    My, how far we have come. Thirty years ago, the sport-utility market was dominated by rough-hewn utilitarian beasts known as Bronocs and Blazers.  These were big SUVS, built on the full-size truck platforms of their respective manufacturers—Ford and Chevrolet.  You often saw them parked at trailheads, the inevitable dings and scratches in the body panels considered by their owners to be the offroad equivalent of the Heidelberg dueling scar, a mark that denoted class and honor.

    Jeep was in that mix as well, but as SUV mania spread into suburbia in the 1990s, it clearly understood it needed to serve two masters. The manufacturer deftly kept its crucial offroad credibility intact through the Wrangler, but to serve a newly emerging SUV owner who wanted more creature comforts, it renamed the Cherokee the Grand Cherokee and began moving that to a higher-demographic customer. The tactic worked, and all these years later both models remain strong sellers. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 18, 2011

    How to Choose a Fishing Guide Based on the Condition of His Truck

    By Joe Cermele

    Last July, while backing my float boat into the river at a tight ramp, I made the mistake of focusing only on my side-view mirrors and not watching my front end. Next thing I know, there's a nice little paint scrape on the bumper thanks to a tree stump (below). It's one of those truck wounds that's not so bad I feel the need to dump buckets of money to fix it, and it's not so terrible that it bothers me every day. But over the weekend a buddy of mine saw it and said, "wow, you should really take better care of your truck." I probably should. At the same time, I look at a truck as another tool that is going to get somewhat messed up if you're using it properly. Take the trucks of fishing guides, for example.

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  • June 18, 2011

    2011 RAM Outdoorsman Pickup

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  • January 18, 2011

    SHOT Show 2011: Ram's Outdoorsman Pickup

    By Phil Bourjaily

    At the pre-SHOT Shooting day we saw lots of guns, most of them black, and tactical. We'll have more video from that event soon but in the meantime, here's a look at Ram's Outdoorsman pickup which has some cool features like locking gun storage in the sides of the bed. Forgive the audio, which is a little out of synch, but we wanted to get this up and start our SHOT coverage right away. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 29, 2010

    Merwin: Thoughts on Mud Season

    By John Merwin

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    The world around here this morning is “mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful,” as a very good poet once wrote. It is indeed spring, and we are in the throes of mud-season. The melt-and-thaw cycles of warmer days and overnight freezes turns our gravel roads--and my driveway--into a deep, coffee-colored goo.

    Trout season opens soon. Maybe I’ll make it and maybe not. The problem will be getting there. [ Read Full Post ]

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