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Location: COLORADO
Joined: 09/21/2008
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hunting road rage!!!

As another season get's under way Hunters get ready to fair the woods in chase of their dream animal, or freezer fillers. But as my season draws near I can't keep but thinking of all the good game I might see, on the other hand I have the thought's of all the weekend die hards that come up to drive thier new truck or 4 wheelers up and down the roads.
This all would be easier to stomach if vehicles were used to get to your favorite spot, but every year it seems more and more people never even get out of thier ride. Last year I counted a truck on a distant ridge in 1 hour, 11 times travel the same road that was only about 500 yards long, YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING right?. No, a ture story.
There is no worse feeling that when you arrive to your honey hole and across the way there is someone riding their atv through the woods at about 30 mph.
Go to a park if that's all you want is to drive!

Doe's anyone else agree with me? If so lets get our point out banghead

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Joined: 01/22/2007
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hunting road rage!!!

I am tickled pink that this past August the canyon I go up had a horrible flash flood that washed out the enitre lower 5 miles of the canyon. It will now be almost impossible for an ATV to sneek up this canyon. I had a really hard time getting my horses up the canyon last week when I went scounting.

The forest service closed the canyon to wheeled vehicles in 1983. Thats 25 years ago. And every year since, somebody has to sneek up the canyon on their ATV. And when asked what they are doing, they always respond, It's OK to retrieve your game with an ATV. Luckily I can get cell service from the ridge top and I just call the FS and let them deal with them, but that is usually after they have scared the herd of game animals out of the drainage.

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Location: COLORADO
Joined: 09/21/2008
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hunting road rage!!!

that's great, make em hoof it!!
I have always pondered how close the game would be to the trail if it was'nt a highway. on top of people can't seem to not tear things up and leave thier trash in thier tracks.

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Location: PUEBLO, CO
Joined: 11/24/2007
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hunting road rage!!!

YES!! I agree the only thing an atv should be used for is to maybe retrieve your animal. if people actually had to pack out there game they would appreciate hunting a whole lot more. If you hoof it you chances increase a lot more also.

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Location: Southeast Colorado
Joined: 01/07/2007
Posts: 93
hunting road rage!!!

Many years ago, several companions and I were hoofing it up a "foot & horse ONLY" trail in the Sangres, when we were literally run off the path by a rowdy group of trailbikes. Shortly after their leaving us enveloped in a cloud of dust, we came to a steep stretch of trail where both the uphill and downslope mountainsides were nearly vertical. No one who was not afoot could navigate that section without the carefully cleared "foot & horse only" trail. At that exact location, fortune had kindly provided a very large and very dead engleman spruce. It had hundreds of prickly branches that reached out in all directions. Picture a 15 foot by 60 foot porcupine and you'll have a close approximation of our woody friend. Now fortune had also left the engleman leaning out over the trail at about the angle of repose...which meant that it was ready to fall earthward at any moment. Strangely enough......sometimes when you wish for something it DOES happen......(well, with a little muscular assistance from a group of aggravated dust-eaters)

After a short respite to admire our handiwork, we continued our way upward into the range. About an hour above the now prostrate "porcupine" we encountered a very distraught group of totegoats hurrying back to civilization --encumbered by one of their own who had ridden OFF THE TRAIL and dumped his bike----resulting in a nasty broken leg.

We offered our heartfelt condolences and continued our journey---off the trail ourselves in the interest of self-preservation.

I can only assume the arrogant bastards are still up there because we didn't go back that way.

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Location: Denver Colorado
Joined: 04/29/2007
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hunting road rage!!!

lol that's funny!! yeah i hate how many ATV's and motorcycles are out and about. it really makes me mad when they go on trails they're not supposed to be on angry But that has only pushed me to walk further into the wilderness. And as for road hunters.....i love them because it makes it easier to score a trophy if you're a guy like me who likes to wear out the boot leather. that's how i scored my buck last year, no one had bothered to go in on foot just because the road was closed to vehicles. But me and my dad walked in and we got a nice one. Their loss is my gain Big smile

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Location: Montana
Joined: 08/08/2008
Posts: 43
hunting road rage!!!

When I look for a place to hunt, I simply look for areas with no access by motorized vehicles from all directions, and at least 4 miles from the closest place to park any motorized vehicle is where i set up camp.

I have harvested archery elk both of the past 2 years

It really does work to find places that are walk-in only. Big game animals know where they get the least pressure.

Keep it up guys!

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Location: Pueblo Colorado
Joined: 12/18/2006
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Non accessible by motor vehicles is the best for me as well. Nothing worse then rolling into tent city with camps stretched for miles and roads interlaced throughout. With ATV'rs and trucks cruising the roads all day long. Where we have hunted the past five years at times we have it all to ourselves and it's public land. Like our own hunting preserve. But, you have half to hike in, hunt it hard on foot, and if you kill anything pack it out on your back. That's why we don't deal with tent city and a hunter on every ridge.

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Location: Denver
Joined: 10/12/2007
Posts: 45
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I agree with the comments posted. I will confess, once while walking a foot traffic only trail I came across an ATV parked off the trail. As I passed, the ATV seemed to develop a flat tire. Hmmmm, I wonder how that happened.

What has happened to hunters that has made them so lazy? Here is a thought, get off your butt and walk in, hunt, walk out. You will see more animals, enjoy the experience more and quite possibly be more successful. Also, ever notice that the "hunting" shows on Versus etc. are all big fat guys who promote the use of ATVs? Is there a correlation between ATV use and metabolic syndrome? lol

Location: Butte, MT
Joined: 01/02/2006
Posts: 234
hunting road rage!!!

I have an ATV, but I like to think I use it in a responsible manner. I never "hunt" from it. I use it to get to the end of a torn up logging road that I'd rather not take my pickup down, park it, then walk another several miles (usually).

I agree with you. There are a lot people ridding all over the woods on those things. I don't really mind if they're just trying to get around, but so many seem to ignore the "No Motorized Vehicle" signs all together. That's what infuriates me. In MT, the bow season opener often falls on Labor Day weekend. Man, what a clutster in some places.

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