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ATV Safety During Hunting Season

Do you currently own either an ATV or UTV vehicle? These are excellent recreational vehicles that many people like to drive. ATVs are much less expensive, designed for a single person. UTVs can carry two or more people and can go through some of the most difficult terrains with ease. If you are using these vehicles when you are hunting, there are certain safety concerns that you need to be aware of. In most cases, you are going to be safe. However, there is always the off chance that you could be injured while you are hunting. Here are some safety tips to use while you are hunting with your ATV or UTV vehicle.

Why Would You Need To Use These Vehicles?

When people bring these to a place where they are going to do hunting, they are typically used to get into locations that would be otherwise too far to walk. Sometimes you have to go into remote regions of the wilderness to find areas where the animals are going to reside. For example, you could bring your four-wheel-drive truck with the recreational vehicle towed on the back. You could then get out and go to these locations which could be a couple miles away. It’s always a good idea to get off of your ATV or UTV several hundred yards before you reach the spot. You need to be as quiet as possible so as not to scare off the ducks that could be in the water or in the woods.

Best Safety Tips To Use With These Vehicles

Even though these vehicles are designed for rugged terrain, you always need to be careful, especially if you are going up and down very steep hills. You might find yourself going over small boulders, trying to get to the top of a clearing. In doing so, you may rollover. It’s good to be strapped in at all times. Similar to seatbelts, but much more complex, these will keep you inside of the vehicle, preventing you from being squashed if it does rollover. Additionally, you should always bring either a spare tire, or something to change and fix the tire that may go flat. This will prevent you from being stranded miles away from your main vehicle.

How To Avoid Getting Shot While Using These Vehicles

The best way to avoid accidentally being shot is to not park this vehicle in the middle of an area where the animals may be located. Hunters will usually take positions that are around this perimeter. They may not see you, especially if you are camouflage, and if your vehicle has camouflage paint. This typically happens when people have parked there for quite some time. They may not be visible to those who have just come over the rise. Therefore, try to park several hundred feet from these areas where hunters will be shooting to avoid accidental injuries.

As long as you have brought a first aid kit, and the tools and supplies necessary to change a tire, you will safely go out and back on these vehicles. By not parking directly in the area where people are going to potentially be shooting, you can avoid inadvertently being shot. In most cases, everything will go well during a hunting trip. The sound of the ATV and UTV is usually enough to alert other hunters to your location. By using these safety tips, you should avoid any possibility of getting injured or shot going out to your favorite location to do hunting during the open season.

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About the Author

Fred Willlett

Fred is an off road junky from Memphis who, from the best of his recollection, was born on back of an ATV riding the trail north of Hotsprings, Arkansas. In addition for writing for a couple other ATV blogs including this one, Fred spends whatever money & time visiting Offroad hotspots throughout North America.

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