There are many reasons why ATVs are popular among hunters; easy access to hard to get locations, effortless hauling of supplies and transportation of large game, along with added relaxation and fun. The right ATV and ATV hunting accessories help make all of these things possible.
Owning a utility ATV that is suitable for the sport of hunting is important. Since game love to hide in wooded and swampy areas, an off road hunting ATV must suit the terrain. Lockable 4-wheel drive and aggressive tires are needed if you plan to haul large loads. And of course, owning the right ATV hunting accessories will add to the hunting experience.
Hunting Accessories for ATVs
Numerous manufacturers produce hunting accessories for ATV’s (quads). These accessories will enhance your hunting experience by making it more safe and fun. Some of the accessories offered are:
• ATV – Gun Rack • ATV – Gun Scabbard • ATV – Gear Storage • ATV – Hand Guards • ATV – Brush Guard • ATV – Winch • ATV – Power Loader
• ATV – Game Cart
ATV Hunting Accessories
ATV gun rack accessories help hunters securely transport rifles by absorbing the shock of the rough terrain. There are front and rear mounts. Mounts on some gun racks can turn sideways. Some companies create gun racks that may be used as a bow rack or tool carrier. The Montana Jack Sportsman Rack accessory can carry a self-climbing tree stand, gun and box. Moose, Koplin and Allen are other manufacturers of gun racks.
An ATV gun scabbard accessory will also hold guns safely and securely in place while traveling. It’s best to purchase a gun scabbard that has interior padding and is dust-proof and water-resistant.
Storage gear accessories are a must for any hunter. It’s so easy to transport guns, ammunition, food, water and whatever else desired in a storage bag that attaches to your ATV. Some storage gear carriers have a hard shell and soft liner, while other may be water-proofed.
To help protect your hands from the cool wind, winter cold, braches and brush, purchase ATV hand guards. ATV hand guards come in many different colors and are mounted directly onto your handlebars.
Moving through the rough or snow covered terrain can really beat up your 4×4. An ATV brush guard offers protection for front-end components such as headlights, radiator, grill and undercarriage.
Okay, you have the perfect hunting spot and viola … you made your first kill. What happens if your kill just fell into a deep ravine or into the middle of a muddy icy swamp? No problem if you own an ATV winch. Loading up heavy kill is extremely easy with a winch especially if you like to hunt alone. You should choose a winch that can pull at least 1.5 times your ATV’s weight. High performance winches are produced by Komodo, Warn, and Swisher.
The Great Day power loader accessory is the easiest, fastest and safest way to load large game onto your ATV. The lift mechanism of a power loader extends and lies flat on the ground enabling game to be slid into place. The power loader mounts to the front of your ATV rack. Since the heavy game is over the ATV’s front wheels, the ATV will be more stable and balanced while in motion.
The easiest way to tow your game from the hunting site to you vehicle is with an ATV gun cart. The gun cart hitches to the back of your ATV.
Nearly all hunting ATV accessories will work with your Argo, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Arctic Cat, Bombardier (Can-Am) and Polaris ATV’s. However, in some cases you may need to purchase additional hardware.
New and used ATV aftermarket wholesale and discounted parts and accessories may be purchased through motorsport dealerships, catalogs and on-line stores. Used ATV hunting accessories may also be purchased through auction sites such as E-Bay.
In addition to accessories that attach directly to your ATV, it is important to remember to wear safety gear such as a helmet, gloves and goggles.