Whether it’s for deer, turkey or even bear, having an ATV can be a huge help on the trail. Being able to get deeper into the terrain and scout out the best spots for the game you’re hunting is great. What’s even better is being able to get that 12-point buck you bagged back to your truck easily.
But there are a ton of hunting ATV choices out there with a variety of features. How do you choose the best one for you? Let’s look at some of the categories and options, plus get some insight from experienced reviewers on which ones they think are the best ATVs for hunting.
Many people use the term all-terrain vehicle or ATV as a catch-all for any type of off-road vehicle, but there are differences. For choosing an off-road-vehicle for hunting specifically, you’ll most likely want to decide whether you want an ATV or a UTV (a “utility task vehicle”). What are the major differences? Specifically:
There are trade-offs with each type, but only you know what is a better option for your hunting trips.
As you shop for ATVs, some of the specs you want to consider are power, performance and distance. What’s the size of the engine/horsepower? After you “fill up”, how far can you go? How much can you carry or pull? The power source for your vehicle will be one of the determining factors.
Gas and electric-powered ATVs are both available. Gas-powered tends to be easier for a quick refill of the tank and away you go, while electric takes longer to charge. On the other hand, the electric powered engine tends to be more environmentally friendly, with an added bonus of typically being much quieter than gas-powered engines.
You can check out some of the comparisons online about specific models and “best of” lists for each type, but it’s always important to do your own research.
There are lots of great ATVs and UTVs out there, but what makes one especially good for hunting are the other features. Some things to ask about/check out are:
There are also other optional and aftermarket items that can help you expand, organize and transport your gear.
As you shop for your new ATV or UTV, you’ll want to know just how much you are willing to spend. They range in price from a few thousand dollars to the equivalent of a mid-range SUV. You’ll want to have a solid plan and know what are required features for you and your budget constraints. Be sure to know those things first before you start shopping and fall in love with something outside your range.
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