6 Pointers for Choosing an ATV for Hunting

Jun 2, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

If you are an avid hunter, you can expand your opportunities to hunt on a regular basis with the help of an ATV. There are plenty of different vehicles to choose from, but you will probably want a sports or utility model. You need an ATV that can handle harsh terrain and carry your gear and game without an issue. If you are in the market for an ATV, consider the following factors and find the best model for your needs.

Budget

ATVs come in a range of styles, sizes, and prices. Because of this, it is very easy to overspend, especially if you plan to use your ATV regularly. Before you even head to the dealer you should seriously consider your budget. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on your ATV. Then, you can compare your budget to available models to get a feel for the features you need—and the features you can afford—before the salesperson makes his pitch.

Aftermarket Parts

Even with all the ATVs on the market, you won’t necessarily find the exact model that fits your hunting needs. You should have some room in your budget for aftermarket parts and accessories. Take the time to see how much buying and installing a gun scabbard or other accessories would cost.

Storage


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When you go hunting, you will need a storage area—somewhere to put your gun and ammo, your binoculars, and your kills. Make sure that any ATVs you are considering can handle everything you need. Look at their weight capacities, the systems they have for securing items, and whether they have secure storage.

Terrain

Hunting with an ATV can mean one thing to someone and something entirely different to another. You need to consider where you will be hunting with your ATV before you make your purchase. If you typically hunt on flat terrain, you probably don’t need a more expensive model. If, on the other hand, you frequently travel through thick mud, climb hills, or go through streams, you will need extra power and tougher wheels. Remember that you will also need the extra power on your ATV to help carry your game back to your camp, cabin, or truck.

Check the History

Even if you are buying a new ATV, which is typically recommended, you should research the model’s history. Look at reviews for the particular ATV you plan to buy and make sure it doesn’t have a history of recalls or a reputation for problems.

Take Your Time

Taking an ATV on your hunt is much less expensive than buying a separate vehicle, but they still carry a hefty price tag. Because of this, you don’t want to rush into a decision and end up with an ATV that doesn’t satisfy your needs. You will thank yourself later if you do your homework, read reviews, compare models, and take your time. Only then will you end up with an ATV that is perfect for hunting, has everything you need, and is easy to maintain.

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