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Debate: ATVs on Public Hunting Land

November 19, 2013

I own an ATV. It has proven to be one of the most useful tools I've purchased in recent years. It wasn't so long ago, back when I used to spend a week every November hunting deer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (a time when there were deer to hunt in Michigan's Upper Peninsula), that I would have scoffed at the notion of owning an ATV for hunting purposes.See, I had no exposure to the machines outside of the guys I'd see hauling loads of apples, carrots, and sugar beets to deer shacks scattered throughout the Ottawa National Forest.For those of you who are careful readers, you'll notice that I mentioned seeing these guys using their ATVs on National Forest lands to haul bait to their hunting sites.And you must be asking: "Is that legal?"

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  • March 22, 2012

    Idaho Senate Committee Passes Law to Restrict Wildlife Department's Control of ATV's -3

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    The Idaho Senate Resources Committee advanced legislation in a narrow vote of 5-4 to restrict the state’s Fish and Game Department's authority to regulate hunters on ATVs on backcountry trails. This slim victory doesn’t bode well for the bill’s chances of clearing the full senate.

    The measure, which has already been approved by the House, looks to stop the agency from limiting hunters on ATVs to road use in a third of the state’s hunting units.

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