Sunday, August 1, 2010

Get Mobile

Mud splattered on your face, sore forearms, and wet jeans. Maneuvering around rocks and crawling over logs. Getting places you never thought possible. Mobility is key.

Have you ever not gone somewhere you'd like to because getting there just wasn't an option? This has happened to me more than I care for. Don't get me wrong, I'm no slouch when it comes to the work part and putting in sweat equity. Some places are just not accessible by foot, especially when packing things in. The first thing that comes to mind for me is bear baiting. Without the aid of an ATV I am so extremely limited as to where I can bait. One bait that I run is walk in only and does not permit the use of ATV's on the trail. So I hump all the bait in on foot. This bait makes me wonder, at times, why in the world I'm even doing this. My ATV allows me access to pretty much anywhere while being packed down with tons of bait. Without this mobility my chances for success would be extremely lessened. Hunting the no quota area of Minnesota has an insane amount of hunting pressure so I need every little tool in my box.

I also believe that ATV's are immensely overused in the outdoors. When all rules are followed on state grounds fine, but when we rely on them to carry us 80 yards to our stands, come on. They can be very destructive to habitat and to the overall natural movements of your prey. Using an ATV to get a bear out 2 miles back in the sticks, fine, but dragging a deer across 20 acres isn't too practical. In my eyes, if its beneficial in any way, do it the natural way. No sense in having to look flashy doing everything.

Riding the northern trails sure can be one heck of a blast. Using the trials to scout new areas and spot prints of bear crossings can really be exciting. The scenery is absolutely stunning. The best part, the skeeters can't keep up! Cruising through the big woods is something I look forward to every year. There's just something about having the mobility to be somewhere you normally couldn't get, but you are there, that is majestic in a way. So lets use ATV's in the outdoors the way they were designed to. Keep'em on the trails and enjoy what you normally wouldn't be able to.

Specail thanks to Randy Hansen for making these trips more enjoyable.