Elk hunting with atv’s

nwihunter

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Is this a thing any of you do? I don’t mean just running up and down trails with your atv, but using them to get further than you could with your truck. Providing its legal to do so. I was thinking about maybe a future hunt where I might load my quad with all my camping and hunting gear and go in deep. Possibly camp by the atv and head out from there. I’m not looking for an easy way out. On the 2 elk hunts I’ve gone on I would hike up to 10 miles a day so I’m not afraid putting on the miles to get in deeper . I know this a general question. Just wandering if anyone uses this style of hunting. I’m really new to all of this.
 

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I don't hunt like you are proposing, but some folks certainly do just that in Colorado. Some trails have a 50'' max vehicle width, so motorcycles and atv's only. You would be able to avoid those of us with full sized vehilces, but atv's are so ubiquitous these days, I think you will still have lots of company.
 

Fremont15

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With my last three bulls I’ve killed, my side x side was necessary to get to the place from which I hiked. They are an excellent tool
 
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Sometimes I wish I had one. I packed my elk last year 2.5 miles, although there was a road less than 1 mile from the kill site, because it was wet and I didn't think I could get the truck in and out on the muddy 2-track. The only truck I saw drive it was a lifted Tacoma, and it had plenty of mud caked into the fenders.
 
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Four-wheelers are great to get in farther before you start your hiking/hunting. If you don't use four-wheelers and others do, you're limiting yourself. Of course you can still be successful, but why not give yourself more options. Rather have 'em and not need 'em than the other way around. I wouldn't hesitate to take camp in on a four-wheeler and head out from there.
 

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We used to take atvs in to camp as you are thinking. We had some good hunting on foot from camp. ATV riders are pretty predictable. They tend to leave some areas alone in rough country. Now the area is closed to atvs and has a couple of horse camps and several backpack camps. I would not waste my time there now.
 

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I personally use them to avoid tearing up my truck, and I obey the rules. They do save a lot of time on rough 4WD roads. We utilize a utv and truck to hunt through remote canyons by shuttling via access points.
 

Nameless Range

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Yes.

 

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Can also use it like I do while running trapline. Drop 4wheeler off at a certain point and drive to another so I can hike my way back to the 4wheeler and not backtrack
 

SAJ-99

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I am for them in the case of game retrieval. People using them to "go deep" is often the reason they have to go deep. Around me, the traffic from ATV's on BLM lands is the primary reason elk find private land in the first 72 hours of the bow season.
 

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I wouldn't mind owning one as they're certainly useful in a lot of situations.

But guys definitely abuse the rules on em and it really chaps my ass.
 

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I find them useful for driving on legal roads/trails and not destroying my truck. Like others have said, it sucks when people don't follow the rules and drive them wherever they feel like driving.
 

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The main reason I use my quad is that I rather tear my quad up instead of tearing my tuck up. It is a lot easier to get my 2004 big bear unstuck than a 2014 taco.

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