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As a disabled hunter I used my new 2010 Polaris 550XP with EPS this year for the first time to go hunting. I can walk approximately 75-100 yards due to Muscular Dystrophy. The landowners that allowed me to use my machine made my hunting GREAT! I harvested two does and tried to ambush a buck numerous times. But, at least I was able to do it thanks to my ATV and those wonderful landowners.
I used to hate seeing atv's in the woods, until one day my truck light shorted out & killed the batterie only ones around for miles was atv riders. They was kind enuff to give me a jump & it saved me a full day's walk!! I still think they need to re-educate themselves what hunting is,was, and must remain "HARD". Thanks to the guy's who helped me out that day if you ever come across this post.
it's a juniper tree.
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Look closely at picture #9, is that a building on top of the mountain?
I liken ATVs to a modern day horse or pack mule. They can be super helpful in some situations but not so useful in others. As benjaminwc said, ATVs are awesome for packing out big game. But in the end a horse, truck or ATV is only going to get you so far, eventually you're going to have to get off and walk. That's where the fun starts.
Yours is an excellent comment, benjaminwc. I think there's definitely a place for ATVs, but I've seen too many "hunters" ride up to me on their buggies and wonder out loud - usually shouting over noise of the engine - that "there's no game in these hills" and then go riding off, oblivious to the animals peering out at them from cover or bounding away from their wake. As Jim showed in this gallery, they have a really useful place, but they need to used with judgement and restraint.
I am not sure how I would use an atv for hunting if I were to get one. I could see using one more for ice fishing and pulling the kids on a sled in the winter.
I'm rather conflicted on the use of ATV\UTV's for hunting. On the one hand I can see them as a very useful tool to get game out, especially in warmer weather. However too many lazy hunters use them to crawl all over the place tearing up the landscape. I’m not including in this list people who, through ATV/ UTV use are given the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors (the disabled and elderly). But for hells sake people! There are those that need to get off their lazy butts and hunt/ work for the game they harvest. We has stewards of the outdoors, environment and the game that live there need to really step up and hold a higher standard then what we have been getting away with. Because ATV\UTV misuse will come back to bite us in the rear.
The deer was killed the previous evening in a gnarly canyon on private land. The rancher’s older 4-wheelers couldn’t reach the site, but Jim volunteered our Suzuki to fetch it.
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