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USE ATVS SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY WHILE HUNTING
October 12, 2010
MADISON - Several hunting seasons are currently open in Wisconsin, and state recreational safety specialists say many hunters are using all-terrain vehicles to assist them with accessing hunting areas, carrying game out of the field and transporting hunting equipment.
"There are several important rules hunters need to remember while operating ATVs," said Gary Eddy, ATV safety administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Some of the main complaints we receive involve ATVs being operated in unauthorized areas on public lands. Hunters need to know if they are on county, state or national forest lands, and they need to contact the appropriate office ahead of time to find out the rules and laws regarding ATV use."
Other important safety and law reminders from Eddy include:
- Always wear a DOT approved helmet. Hunters are more apt to come across low hanging branches; uneven or steep terrain. Serious injuries and death can occur even at the slowest of speeds.
- Complete an ATV safety course. All riders at least age 12 and born after Dec. 31, 1987 must complete a course prior to operating an ATV. This course may be completed either in a classroom or over the internet.
- Just as with other vehicles, firearms and bows must be fully unloaded and enclosed in a carrying case.
- Remove mud, dirt and any vegetation from your ATV before using it in other areas. ATVs can easily transport invasive plant species or seeds that are harmful to local habitats.
- Do not operate in or around waterways or wetlands. ATVs are only allowed to cross waterways at bridges, roads or legal fords. ATV use in these areas is illegal and causes serious habitat damage that is very costly to repair.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Eddy - (608) 267-7455
Last Revised: Tuesday, October 12, 2010