Isuzu’s own Outdoor Life magazine takes a look at the D-Max Huntsman and the adventures it’s had over the last year.
Mike Robinson, professional gamesman, well-known chef and restaurateur, required a pick-up that was practical and bespoke for hunting.
He required all the luxuries of an Isuzu D-Max but wanted a practical, non-flashy, non-chrome truck that was fit for purpose.
From this, Isuzu went on to create the Isuzu D-Max Huntsman accessory pack which is ideal equipment for any gamesman.
To help Mike – one of the lead presenters on ITV’s Countrywise Kitchen – make swift progress around the 20,000-acre estate he manages, his Isuzu D-Max rides on 17-inch matt-black alloy wheels, fitted with special 255/65R17 all-terrain tyres. To avoid unwanted glare in the field, Mike has had all of the vehicle’s standard chrome-finished exterior parts wrapped in matt-black vinyl – including the front grille, door handles and rear bumper.
Based on a range-topping Isuzu D-Max 4×4 Utah double cab, Mike’s model features a unique rubber tray set on the dashboard for holding his binoculars firmly in place – but still close at hand – when the terrain gets rough. Once he’s identified his target, Mike can take his rifle from the secure gun box in the cabin, before resting the barrel of his gun on the specially-tailored rubber covers on the wing mirrors that provide greater stability and accuracy when taking aim.
For large kills, Mike’s Isuzu D-Max is fitted with a unique load-bay drawer system, winch and ramp, to aid the loading of his quarry. To keep the payload secure and cool, it is protected by a ventilated Truckman Grand Hard Top.
Mike, who has had a number of previous Isuzu’s including two Rodeos, commented: “For several years I’ve managed a country estate, keeping wildlife and game stocks controllable and sustainable. I needed a dependable workhorse pick-up and my previous Isuzu Rodeo proved incredibly robust, utterly reliable and virtually unstoppable off-road. The modifications made to my new Isuzu D-Max have all been carefully designed to make a real difference in the day-to-day life of a hardworking stalker. I can’t wait to test its capabilities in the field.”