I currently drive a 2500 HD Chevy Silverado crew cab - 6.6L duramax diesel. When i first bought my truck in March of 2007, i was paying approx. $ 2.75 / gallon for diesel and this was about $.40 to $.50 cheaper per gallon than regular gas. In just over a year, it has gone up to just under $ 5.00 / gallon and is now significantly more than regular gas.
Would i still buy the same vehicle? I guess i think i wouldn't. I would still own a truck regardless and i feel the benefits of diesel (longer engine life, higher gas mileage, etc.) outweight a gas truck of similar specs.
Will these costs keep me hunting the way i am accustomed to for the last few years....the answer if most definately yes. It already has in the spring for turkey. While in years past we drove approx. 2 1/2 hours to the eastern shore of MD from Southern PA (Probably about 3 times during the season) this year we made the trip exactly 0 times. We still hunted the same amount of time, but we opted for areas we have far less success in, but are only 20 minutes away, as opposed to making the trek to where we have had great success in the past. P.S. we did not have any luck this year for the first time in five years (that includes 4 hunters) where at the other place, we have averaged 2 birds / year over the last 5 years.
The only thing saving me the rest of the year is the phenomenal hunting we have access to for deer in fall within the 20 min drive. I feel really bad for those who must travel up state to get to their hunting grounds.