Some riders may create their own roads and trails in areas that were previously roadless. In addition to increasing traffic and disturbance, it could destroy vegetation and soils.
If you use ATVs in any aspect of your hunt, and want to retain that privilege, there’s much you can do. That includes not only following the regulations, but recognizing the impacts your activity can cause, and taking additional voluntary steps to reduce those impacts. What follows are a few examples of how you can reduce the impact of ATVs during hunting season.
1) First and foremost, know and follow regulations for the areas you hunt.
2) Stay on existing roads. Don’t create new paths that others may follow and don’t follow “outlaw” trails.
3) Seek alternate routes if existing, legitimate ATV routes are poorly placed such that they may cause or perpetuate habitat damage or represent a potential hazard.
4) Don’t hunt from your ATV. Unless you are physically impaired, use your ATV only to reach access points and haul out game.
5) When recovering game, try to choose a time that will cause the least disturbance to other hunters (11am to 2pm)
6) Respect others. Slow down or stop when you approach others using the same area, whether they’re on ATVs, on foot or especially if they’re on horseback.
7) Be on the lookout for problems, whether they be excessive erosion on a marked trail, or possible illegal activities. Never interfere, but take note of the facts and report them to the proper authorities as soon as possible.