ATVs and UTVs are a great tool for hunters - be sure to check out some helpful safety tips!
Contact(s): Gary Eddy, DNR ATV safety administrator, 608-219-2566
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 tips in mind to ensure a safe hunt and ride.
- Roadway use is highly restricted. Make sure the road has been legally open to ATV travel by local authorities. Open roads are marked with "ATV Route" highway signs.
- Make sure you know who maintains the land you would like to use and if ATV/UTV operation is allowed.
- All ATVs/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 on or after January 1, 1988 must complete a course prior to operating an ATV. UTV operators must be at least 16 years old. This course may be completed online or through traditional classroom or on the Internet.
- Long guns, bows and crossbows must be fully unloaded before transport in or on an ATV or UTV.
- Don't overload your ATV. Hauling heavy gear, deer or passengers on the front or rear racks may negatively affect your steering, control and ability to properly brake. It may also cause your ATV to overturn while traversing uneven or steep terrain.
- 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."
Last Revised: Thursday, November 09, 2017