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Hunting on Horseback: The Original ATV

Very true about the handicapped, and I appreciate your views.

I agree that there has to be some balance. The ATV subject becomes particularly sensitive during hunting season. I know I'd be pretty ticked off if I spent two or three hours in a deer stand only to have some guy zip by on an ATV. During hunting season I think they ought to be limited to roads, and wetlands ought to be protected from being torn up. Some things nature just can't repair quickly. And as you pointed out earlier, alpine areas are particularly delicate and can take years to recover. But otherwise I think if the environment can handle it without too much devastation, let 'em ride.

In addition to reasonable (not just "don't like it") trail restrictions, I'd also support numbered registration stickers so those who violate trail restrictions can be identified, as well as a hotline to call in offenders. Of course, cell phone use in the backcountry would be another thread...

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Good article. Just went on my first trip with horses - first time riding a horse. Glad the horse knew what was going on. I was nice to her - and she still stood on my foot - was that on purpose?

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Serious Hunter Wrote:
I was nice to her - and she still stood on my foot - was that on purpose?

Very good chance it was.
But how was the ride other than getting a sore foot? Were you hunting?
~Jeff~

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Yes, I was an `observer / video cam man' on a bighorn sheep and elk hunt my dad was on. We were met at a backcountry air strip by outfitter / guide and string of horses and mules. Within about 2 miles I was looking down from atop the horse on a trail etched in the side of sheer cliffs. That was the highest I'd ever been off the ground. The more I thought about it the more I didn't want to look. Good experience overall ... but some bones got sore I hardly knew I had. My dad got a sheep on Day 2 and a bull on Day 3. Had I not been so sore I might have ventured back with the outfitter when he went to retrieve my dad's elk. I must promise myself to never hunt elk in anything but farmers' fields unless I have horses. But while the outfitter went back for the elk - I slipped outside of camp and got a small buck. It was a great hunt.

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Sounds like it was a great time. Are you going to have a photo or two to share?
~Jeff~

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http://www.woodengineering.com/adventures/Big_Creek_II.htm

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