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Is the 2023 GMC Sierra AT4X a better truck for hunting than the rest?


With its nearly camouflage exterior color, easy-to-disable features, off-road goodies and trick multi-position tailgate, the 2023 GMC Sierra AT4X is a top choice for hunting trucks. In fact, it could be the best option in GMC’s lineup.

Every year, I take a different truck deer hunting during the Nebraska and Wyoming rifle seasons. These hunting trips always bring me new insights on trucks, and frankly, sitting in the truck for hours on end, you notice different things. This year, for Nebraska, I had a 2023 GMC Sierra AT4X, and I certainly learned a few new things about this full-size, off-road truck.

Key takeaways deer hunting with 2023 GMC Sierra AT4X

Before I dig into new insights, it is worth mentioning hunting out west is far different than hunting in states with forests and dense cover. You can’t simply sit in a deer stand to wait for deer to come through. Instead, you spend most of the morning and afternoon sitting in a truck using binoculars to spot deer. Therefore, you have a lot of time to notice things.

The first key takeaway was the exterior color and lack of chrome. Officially, GMC calls it a Desert Sand Metallic. I call it the perfect light tan camouflage. Out west, the landscape changes in the winter to light tans and browns once all the green foliage disappears and the trees go bare. This Desert Sand Metallic blends into the surroundings, and the lack of chrome meant the deer literally walked past me at 100 yards, stopping to see what the truck was doing there.

It is also likely the deer didn’t actually see the truck since they are red/green colorblind.

Another key takeaway: the 6.2-liter V-8 is really quiet on the outside at idle. This may seem simple, but it makes a difference. Remember how I said you sit in the truck for hours watching deer? Yeah, well, it is also typically cold when you do this, so you are running the heater to keep warm — and that could be a problem when you’re trying to be, well, quiet. However, those deer literally walked in front of the truck while it was running.

Along the lines of noise, I also appreciated being able to disable the key-left-in-the-vehicle beep, which you can do in the infotainment system of GM trucks — not all vehicles allow you to do this. This is super handy when you are trying to slip out of the truck quietly to take aim at deer.

While there are other things that make the 2023 GMC Sierra AT4X a great hunting truck (you’ll have to watch the video to find out what they are), I’ll leave you with this final takeaway: the Multi-Pro tailgate with its drop-down step allowed me to load the deer in the back of the truck much easier — and by myself. I didn’t have to use a winch or phone a friend. By saving that time and hassle, I was able to load the deer and process the meat in record time.

The bottom line

When it comes to deer hunting out west, a good truck is a key part of the equipment you need to spot and harvest the animal. And yeah, other trucks have some of the same features of the $80k Sierra AT4X, but this GM off-road truck was the right tool for my job.

Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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  1. Russ November 29, 2022

    Nice truck features Tim. And good eats coming too.
    My hunting buddies and I hunt Idaho sage country in much the same way.
    All be it in a 2001 GMC farm truck. We’re also reaping the rewards at the dinner table.


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