Re: 4X4s & atvs?
I am a landowner in Wyoming. I allow Deer and Antelope hunting on my property. I do not allow hunters to bring or use ATV's.........an exception might be someone who is truly handicapped.
I keep the property posted and patrol it to keep out trespassers. I Have the Sheriff and Game and Fish channels on my 2-way radio.
I have set up and maintain wildlife habitat CRP's.........Livestock is not allowed into them.
I leave water on and maintain it in stock tanks and ponds during the dry summer months just for the wildlife........even if no livestock is in that pasture.
Hunters can use a 4X4 pickup or suv and stay on the two track ranch roads with them. Most of the remaining area can be accessed by foot relatively easily. Some of the guys who hunt here repeately use a game cart to get their game out. Others contact me and I will gladly help them get their game out via my Pickup or ATV or Game Cart.
We too have had bad experiences due to people using ATV's to hunt on. I once tried allowing it for game retrieval only..................didn't work. I saw those same people driving them up and down the ravines and off the trails in places where they were obviously not retrieving game...................post season had ATV tracks everywhere!! This ruins it for the guys who are trying to do it on foot.
I believe that foot hunting is the most effective method anyway. When we're out on an ATV or in a vehicle, the game can see and hear us long before we see them usually. Very hard to sneak up on something in an ATV!
Here in Wyoming, driving any type of vehicle off of the established trails/roads is illegal on public land. It's left up to the landowner on private land. ATV's used on the established roads/trails on public land need to be liscensed, insured, or specialty tagged, or all of the above. Harrasing or chasing any game animal with any type of vehicle is illegal here also.
I personally wouldn't have any problem with people using an ATV to get their camps or themselves back into remote areas where roads have been washed out or caved in. Nor would I have a problem with people using that same ATV to retrieve game. IMO, the problem comes when people start using them to "hunt from" or when they chase game with them................it's the few that ruin it for the many!!
Last edited by SBruce; 01-24-2010 at 07:46 PM.