ATV Tips for Hunters!
ATVs are a great tool for any hunter, but they need to be used responsibly.
"ATV users have gotten a bad rap," says Dan Kleen, the president of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC). "Every group of hobbyists has a small portion of irresponsible people who give their activity a black eye. So there's a need to educate as many folks as possible on the responsible use of ATVs."
These tips from NOHVCC will help you make sure you use your ATV safely and responsibly:
Rules for Hunting Using ATVs:
Access your hunting area before shooting hours to avoid interfering with other hunters
For the same reason, retrieve harvested big game during the middle of the day.
Don't shoot from an ATV unless you have a permit to do so (disabled hunters can get such permits by calling their state wildlife agencies).
Know the vehicle use regulations for the area you are hunting. They are available at the local offices of the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and your state's conservation agency.
Be prepared to backpack or horse pack downed game from areas that do not have roads or trails — don't go off trail on your ATV to retrieve your game.
Use the right gear:
Wearing the right gear on an ATV outing makes the ride more comfortable and reduces your chance of injury. The proper gear includes:
A helmet that meets or exceeds your state's safety standards and carries the label of the Department of Transportation, American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation.
Eye protection that is scratch-free, fastens securely and is well ventilated to prevent fogging.
Gloves to keep your hands from getting sore, tired or cold and that offer protection in the event of a spill.
Over-the-ankle boots with low heels to help prevent your feet from slipping off the foot rests.
A long-sleeved shirt and long pants.