Just me… but I really like and have liked a number of, Ranger over the years and would buy a new one BUT as we all know there will be no new Rangers for some time to come. (Ford has too many F150s and Sport Tracs to sell before they bring in the World Class Ranger that looks like a Car… !
Anyway, I do believe you would have a great truck for hunting as long as you don’t get into any heavy duty off road trails, light stuff OK, mud OK but keep it simple.
Add ons might include either a switchable locker or a spider gear replacement locker. Switchable's are nice but expensive but there have better on-road manners than a fully locked rear end which can cause excessive sideway movement on wet pavement.
Good Luck on the search, any Ford will be better than the Chebby, lol - IMHO, but the Ranger will be a good truck and with proper maintenance will last a long time and give you great service.
4x4, 5sp, Std Cab, Stepside, E4 Red
4” Lift - Coil-Overs, 6” SkyJacker Leafs - No Blocks (Mistake)
31 Spline FX4 Rear Axle, 4.56s and OX Locker, Hurst Shifter w/Optional Stick and "Made by Grev" alignment adapter