I personally don't like most atv's.I don't feel comfortable on them and expect them to flip over at any minute. I know,if you're careful things, like this don't happen daily. I don't like riding mowers for crying out loud!!! The only one that I do feel comfortable in is a John Deere Gator. Front steering and 4 drive wheels on the back. It's wide and pretty manuverable and doesn't feel like its gonna flip over when going around a hill. I know, I'm a chicken for not trusting technology but I like either my feet and legs or the four that are on the bottom side of a horse or mule. Both are slow,steady and old fashion,but that's my idea of an all terrain apperatus.
I have a honda 300cc fourtrax 4x4, id still be stuck today if it wasnt for the winch, and the extra battery i put on last winter. and you cant go wrong with some mud tires.
huntswithdogs, a lawn mower wont flip as easily as a 4 wheeler, because a 4 wheeler's suspention is soft compared to a lawnmower or a tractor that doesnt have any suspention at all. you may want to check out the new 2 person 4 wheeler, its like a golf cart on steroids, 2 people sit side by side, and has all the capibilites of a 4 wheeler. they also have a bed, great to hauling a deer, or fire wood or whatever.
The Gator that I made mention of is just that.A golf cart on steroids ,I'll have to tell my cousin that one. He's doesn't think much of golfers,so this'll get his goat. I might better wait til after he hauls out that big ole mossy horn I'm gonna shoot this year. Yeah RIGHT!!! I'll probably see a few little bucks and start thinning the does out again. I could still use it to haul them ,so I'll keep my mouth shut.
Heck my truck's 4x4 and I can drive it on the road. If I wanted to,I could drive within100 yds.of my stand but that'd take the fun out of it. A few years ago while working for a Daihatsu dealer,I had a guy call me from Canada about parts. It seems that some of his buddies were all investing in these 4 wheelers so they could get back to their moose camp. When he went to look at anew one ,he about choked on the price. He decided to hold off and think about it. On the way home he saw this Daihatsu Rocky(small Japanese SUV) with a for sale sign. He checked with the owners and was told that they only wanted $2000 for it. The 4 wheeler at that time in Canada was $8000. He decided to buy the Rocky andbuy parts from me here in the US. He has a vehicle that he can get back in the bush with and still have heat while his buddies are freezing their nads off.
I've got a Polaris 500 Magnum 4x4 that I occasionally use for hunting , it works great on the long fencerows here. I trailer it to the far end, drive back to the starting point, hunt to the ATV then ride it back to the truck. That saves me walking sometimes 2-3 miles on a "dead" hunt. Or calling the wife to pick me up and take me back to my truck.
:lol: Thats the truth. I have to say that atv's have a clear advantage. When I was younger I didn't think I would ever need anything like a 4 wheeler, but now I wouldn't do without one(it is my little pack mule)
I agree with NC Rider, Honda all the way. 300, foreman 400 or it maybe a 450 would have to look and a Rincon in the stables thus far. I had a Polaris 600, it was a good machine when and if it was running. It was comparable to the Ruger rifles I have owned. As long as you didn't need it it was a nice looking piece.
I did alittle research on 4x4's, and found that for the money they are the same. but for longlife and durability.GO HONDA.
for two reasons, the engine will last for ever and, honda is the only 4x4 that has a hydraulic and geared tranny."similar to your car", and the others are all belt driven.
I'm an avid fan of ATVs but I've never used them for hunting. I really don't plan on using them anywhere in the near future either to be honest. I figure if the old big block powered F-150 can't make it then it's time to walk.
Yea, but here in the south you either have one or you will be doing alot of dragging by hand and I for one like to do it the easy way if I can. You will surely get a few pulled muscles trying to pull a deer out of a swamp or down in a hardwood bottom that nothing else can get to ........
Yeah, I hear that. Some law of physics states that a deer shot must be at the top of a ridgeline and must fall/tumble/roll to the absolute lowest altitude possible......usually involving a back breaking tug out of the ravine......