Get out there and ride, man. Fishing and hunting while you do it is a bonus. Steve Hickoff photo
By Steve Hickoff
The month of May offers plenty in the outdoors. You can ride your Yamaha ATV or Side-by-Side. When enjoying your four wheels, fishing and even some late-spring and summer hunting are also options. “Life isn’t a dress rehearsal,” the saying goes. Get out there and enjoy yourself.
FISH: It’s safe to say, residents of all 50 states are enjoying fishing right now.
If you’ve got kids, it’s a great time to start them angling. Choose a bobber and bait for easy introduction. Graduate to fly fishing later if the interest continues. Panfish and stocked trout provide steady opportunity as do youth fishing events.
As backcountry rides and angling go, there’s no better time to get out there. Check rules and regulations as always for trail use, plus overnight camping and fishing laws. Be safe.
SCOUT: If you’re a hardcore hunter, scouting is a year-round deal.
It might include seeking new permission from landowners. Have your longtime hunting spots been developed? Maybe you want to plot where to hang tree stands.
Waterfowl hunters might gauge how to use their spots more wisely. Blinds will be built. Plans hatched.
As pure game watching goes, you can see how the turkey hatch has been, note duck and goose broods, and even watch deer with fawns later on, and summer bucks in velvet.
HUNT: Check your hunting regulations for open seasons.
In the Northeast, some states offer turkey seasons running through the month of May (Maine ends June 2, 2012, at noon in fact.)
Elsewhere, late spring or summer squirrel hunting options allow you to enjoy the great outdoors.
Your four Yamaha wheels can take you to do these outdoor activities and more we haven’t mentioned. Check out the Grizzly ride in this video: http://www.yamaha-motor.com/outdoor/products/modelvideo/646/1196/0/video.aspx/