I knew it would happen sooner or later. I heard from a friend who just got back from my spot that after this year no more motor cycles or atv's. Kinda have mixed emotions about it. I have hunted the same spot for 14 yrs with atvs and you could just see from year to year with other U S forest ground being shut down the more hunting pressure from other atv hunters who have lost their access.
I have hunted with horses before. They do have their advantages as well as disadvantages. With a horse comes chores. The main thing I liked about the atv is I could hunt in one area in the morning stop by camp for a hot lunch and hunt 5 miles that afternoon from where I was that morning. Horses are alot slower going
As luck should have it I do own about 40 head of horses so I may have to change my tatics. Who knows it may make the hunting even better if it means eliminating some of the crowd. The unfortunate part of the loose of access is I think the number of permits sold will decline and the DOW will have to make up the lose revenue by hiking the price of the tag up.
I think there has been pressure by some hunters who are against atv's and from my 14 yrs of hunting the area I hunt come to the conclusion that elk get used to what is around them. Last year I drove my atv to the end of a trail spent all morning hiking to the top of the moutain found zero fresh sign hiked back down jumped on my atv ran into another hunter who was on foot listened to him complain about my atv for the better part of 5 min. and then drove about a 1/4 mile in the direction he hiked from and stopped to check out another little honey hole of mine. I took my rifle out of the scabard loaded it and went sneaking down the ridge. I made it about 150 yards and ran into a 5x5 bull that was walking directly in the direction of my atv. I shot him. A couple hours later I had him a quatered out and back up to my atv. I was just stapping everything on my atv when the guy that give me the talking to come hiking back down the trail. Needless to say he wasn't happy and offered no help. About 10 yrs ago I put the sneak on a bull and just as I was about to seal the deal I heard some motor cycles coming up the trail. I thought this couldn't of come at a worse time. The bull was only about 40 yrds from the motor cycle trail. Well here they come 9 of them. All the bull did was trot up behind some oak brush and stood their with his head down. As soon as they made it past him he stepped back into the open and bang. Another easy pack.
I guess what ever happens, happens like I said I can change my hunting tatics. I feel for others who like to do it themselves and don't have the ability to pack it on their backs or do the horse back thing