Erect temporary blinds. Hickoff photo
Know the land well enough so that you aren’t disturbing a farmer’s livestock. Hickoff photo
By Steve Hickoff
When you ride your Yamaha ATV or Side-by-Side vehicle, you represent all of us who do.
Here are some ways to get the most out of your time outdoors, while also maintaining good relationships with other recreational users.
Pack all of the debris and waste you create, stash it in a plastic trash bag, and haul it out when you return home. This includes trail markers, empty shotgun hulls, plus eating and drinking cast-offs like tinfoil, plastic bottles and bags.
One better, pick up trash left by others.
When you camp in the backwoods, do so away from both hiking trails and waterways. Some states actually establish exact distances. If in doubt, several hundred feet is a good measure. Impact the area minimally, and maintain the site the way you would your own home.
Know the land well enough so that you aren’t disturbing a farmer’s livestock, disrupting sensitive habitats, or inadvertently moving into a designated wilderness area illegally.
Erect temporary treestands and blinds.
Prepare yourself so that you aren’t trouble for others. Check weather forecasts, pack emergency items, dress in layers, and ride with a buddy or two in the event you need help. Always tell someone back home where you’ll be hunting, fishing or camping.
If other trail users are afoot, respect the fact that they enjoy the outdoors as well. Drive slowly around gatherings of people to keep noise and road dust down. If you open a gate with permission, close it. If you have to navigate past private land, contact the landowner first.
Ride with pride for all of us.