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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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Guide to America's Public Land

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About Open Country

Hunters and anglers across the nation consistently list one challenge as their primary obstacle to spending more time in the field: Access.

Outdoor Life's Open Country program aims to tackle that issue head on and with boots on the ground. The program highlights volunteer-driven efforts to improve access along with habitat improvements to make existing public lands even better places to hunt and fish. The program's goal is to substantially increase sportsman's access across the country by promoting events that make a difference.

Here on Open Country's blog page, contributors take a close look at access issues across the country. Some are public-policy discussions, where we investigate the nuances of public access. In other blogs, we shine a light on attempts to turn public recreation opportunities into private hunting and fishing domains. In still other blogs, we interview decision makers about access issues. Together, we fight for the ability of America's hunters and anglers to have a place to swing a gun or wet a line.

We promise the discussion is always lively, interesting, and fresh, so visit this page frequently to tune into the latest access issue.

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Event Calendar

  • June 1: Red Oak Planting in Gwinn Forest Management Unit
  • June 7: Pinegrass Restoration, Willamette River (Eugene, OR REMF Chapter). Contact.
  • June 7-8: Lower Deschutes River Thistle Cut (OR Foundation for North American Wild Sheep and OR Fish and Wildlife). Contact.
  • June 13-15: Prairie City Aspen Habitat Enhancement (Oregon Hunters Association, Capitol Chapter) Contact: 503-399-1234
  • June 21: Smith Ridge Meadows (Eugene, OR Chapter RMEF). Contact.

  • July 5, 2012

    Use a GPS to Unlock America's Best Hunting-0


    When the Russians launched their Sputnik satellite in 1957, most Americans were stunned, if not frightened, by the news. Cold War aside, American hunters and anglers should have rejoiced.

    That’s because shortly after Sputnik was launched, U.S. scientists learned they could track the satellite’s orbit by listening to changes in its radio frequency, relying on the same principle that explains why the pitch of a train seems to change as it rumbles past while you wait impatiently at a crossing.

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