Preplanning your route will pay high dividends when you take the first ride to your deer hunting spot on opening day. The last thing you need when trying to sneak in before sunrise is the sound of snapping branches and dragging fenders. In most states, there are more people in the woods on opening day of deer season than any other time of the year. It doesn’t take a mature buck long to figure out the hunting season has started. By quietly sneaking in and out of the woods, you’ll have a better chance of keeping big bucks in the area for a longer period of time. So, here are a few tips for getting the course laid out during the offseason to insure a quiet and safe ride to your stand or blind once the season starts.
1. Trim Low Branches: Pack a small pair of pruning shears in your ATV toolbox. When you go out riding or scouting take time to clear away any branches at head-height (or a little above your seated position height on the ATV) so you don’t get stuck with a stick in the dark. [ Read Full Post ]
Having a winch on the front of your ATV is no longer an optional accessory for trail riders. It’s no longer if you get stuck, but when you get stuck.
Steep terrain can stop your exploring—sometimes with damage and injury. There are many situations where a front winch won’t work, like going down a hill that ends up being too steep to safely navigate and it is impossible to turn around safely and use your front mounted winch. The Reversaroller solves this problem without you having to purchase an extra winch. [ Read Full Post ]
RevArc HD 90” UTV Ramp
Over the last six months, I’ve used the RevArc HD 90” UTV Ramp to load ATVs, SxSs, and even my garden tractor into the back of several pickup trucks and trailers. These ramps proved to be some of the sturdiest I’ve ever come across. There are two key features that set them apart from much of the competition. First, all RevArc ramps are arched to allow machines to be loaded or unloaded at safer angles than if they were simply straight. Second, the RevArc HD has a weight capacity of 2,100 pounds, which means they’ll be able to handle nearly any ATV or SxS on the market. It’s very likely they’ll be the last set of ramps you’ll ever buy. [ Read Full Post ]
Polaris Defense, a division of Polaris Industries Inc., recently introduced the Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT).
These airless tires are designed to not go flat. A honeycomb-like structure inside keeps the tire rigid without the need for an air-filled cavity found in normal tires. That way, a NPT can never lose pressure if damaged because it has none to begin with. And the web is surrounded by a rubber tread band which allows continuous operation, even if up to 30 percent of the web is damaged. No more flat tires? Sounds good to me. [ Read Full Post ]
2013 Aluma UT12 Trailer
Unless you’re lucky enough to own an abundance of land that helps keep your riding experience fresh, it’s likely that you’ll eventually get stuck trailering your ATV or SxS to a killer ride spot like I usually do. A dependable trailer that won’t leave me stranded along the road has been at the top of my wish list ever since my first 12-foot steel ATV trailer broke in half, thanks to a rust infested frame. That experience taught me a valuable lesson, and since I hang my hat in the heart of the Rust Belt, I vowed to never own another steel trailer again.
Aluma designs and manufactures some of the finest all-aluminum trailers on the planet. What separates Aluma from many other trailer manufacturers is the fact that everything (except the axle assembly, coupler, and jack) is constructed of aluminum. Gone are the days of replacing warped pressure-treated wood decking after a few seasons of sitting out in the weather. [ Read Full Post ]
Americans often get stuck in the mindset that bigger always equals better. If there’s any doubt in the accuracy of that statement, one trip through a drive-through burger joint will set you straight. But size doesn’t always play a factor when it comes to ATVs; take for example, Kawasaki’s Brute Force 300.
This small yet sporty and reliable ATV has plenty of power to do work around the farm, drag deer out of the woods, or keep avid off-road enthusiasts entertained. Throttle-junkies like myself will enjoy the Brute Force 300’s ability to be ridden aggressively. It has great handling—the quality that impressed me the most—and can be easily wheeled through tight trails. [ Read Full Post ]