ATVs and UTVs are a great tool for hunters – be sure to check out some helpful tips and stay safe!
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MADISON – All-terrain vehicles and utility-terrain vehicles are great tools to assist hunters with their hunts – but state recreational safety specialists say ATV and UTV operators need to keep a few safety tips in mind and ensure a safe hunt and ride.
• Make sure you know who maintains the land you would like to use and if ATV/UTV operation is allowed.
• AllATVs/UTVs registered for public use must display their registration ID number on a rear plate.
• Always wear a DOT approved helmet; hunters are more likely to encounter low-hanging branches and uneven or steep terrain.
• Complete an ATV safety course. ATV riders at least age 12 and born after Dec. 31, 1987 must complete a course prior to operating an ATV. UTV operators must be atleast 16 years old. This course may be completed in a classroom or on the internet.
• Long guns, bows and crossbows must be fully unloaded before transport in or on an ATV or UTV.
• Remove mud, dirt and any vegetation from your machine before using it in other areas – machines can easily transport invasive plant species or seeds that are harmful to local habitats.
• Do not operate in or around waterways or wetlands. ATVs and UTVs are only allowed to cross waterways at bridges, roads or legal fords.
For more information regarding ATV/UTV laws and safety, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “ATV.”