Many people choose to use their ATVs for enjoying hours of fun riding the trails or for completing some challenging tasks. There are actually several different activities where your ATV can be extremely helpful and fun to use. For example, your ATV is a great match for a hunting trip. You can reach the grounds quickly and haul your equipment, tools, and game with the massive amounts of cargo space your ATV offers.
At Peak Honda World, we’ve got some helpful tips to share on how to enjoy a successful day of hunting with your ATV. If you’re interested in learning more or you’d like to check out our latest models, visit our dealership in Littleton, CO today! We’re located just 20 minutes south of Denver near Englewood, CO.
Before you get started, you need to be sure that you have an ATV that’s ready for hunting. Consider where you plan to do the majority of your hunting. If you’re investing in an ATV to use primarily for hunting then you should choose a model that can handle a wide range of terrain. These types of ATVs often come with more power so you can ride up and down slopes and through challenging or muddy areas easily. You also need to confirm that your ATV has towing capabilities and can accommodate any extra passengers or cargo weight you’ll bring with you.
Another factor to consider when hunting with an ATV is your gear, which starts with safety. Always be sure to have a helmet that doesn’t obstruct your sight. You’ll also need to dress for safety with long sleeves and pants, gloves, and boots. You might even consider investing in camouflage gear that’ll not only keep you warm and protect you from dust, dirt, and debris but helps to improve your hunting game, too. Remember to wear a bright orange safety vest to ensure you’re visible to other hunters nearby.
The use of a large machine like an ATV gives you a clear advantage over animals but you should avoid using your vehicle for anything but riding. Do not use your ATV as a spotting vehicle or a chase vehicle for any wildlife that you encounter. As a matter of fact, it’s illegal in most areas to fire a weapon from an ATV. With that said, you should always keep the “fair chase” principle in mind, which says that hunters should never take unfair advantages over prey.
You also need to respect boundaries when it comes to other handers. If someone arrives at a spot before you do, find your own space that’s separate from theirs. With ATVs, you can easily be perceived as inconsiderate if you’re not aware of your surroundings and taking notice of others around you while you’re riding. Always do your best to keep the noise to a minimum.
Your weapon should always be unloaded and uncocked while you are riding your ATV. It’s best to carry it in a scabbard or gun case where it will stay secure. Taking hunter safety courses every few years is helpful for staying up to date on the best safety practices. When riding your ATV, follow all the normal ATV safety rules: don’t drink and ride; wear your helmet; stay within your limits as a rider.
Now that you’re ready to take your ATV hunting, don’t forget to stop by Peak Honda World in Littleton, CO today! We’d be happy to help you find any gear or equipment you might need.