Curious as to where everyone stands on this issue. Just wrote an article laying out the basics of the rule here.
Within that article I wrote this:
The difficult part of the controversy behind the rule is that two outdoor oriented groups are pitted against each other. One side consists of sportsmen who want to hunt without the interruption of loud motorized vehicles humming through the woods. The other side consists of a bunch of folks who like to take the scenic routes through the wild on the relatively comfortable seat of an ATV. My personal take is that I believe the woods are a place to be quiet. Nothing ruffles my feathers like being out in the wild (or what I thought was the wild), and then hear the approaching sound of a recreational ATV, dirt bike, or snowmobile. It’s not an easy issue for the IF&G to tiptoe through.
Post by idahohillbilly on Jun 11, 2013 16:50:46 GMT -8
I am an avid dirt bike rider. I also love my ATVs. That being said, when it comes to hunting, my stance is much like yours. There are times I have appreciated an ATV for the pack out! Especially lugging out a big bull moose. There are times I will use a quad to get me back in a forest service road a few miles and then go on foot from there. I'd have a hard time blasting one off the ATV though... seems pretty unsportsmanlike. My mind might change if it was big enough though. So really I feel like we are all entitled to rights. Your rights to quiet infringe on another's rights to noise and vice versa. In most cases you still get your quiet hunting a majority of the time so it would be unfair to shut them down for the small percentage of time you are really being bothered. My .02
I love my atv's but there is a time and place for hunting use. I believe game populations have declined in part to increased vulnerability due to vehicles and roads. I loved mine while in hell's canyon. Don't want to beat my truck up getting to the top to start hunting. Just jump on the atv get to where I want to legally and start hoofing it. It is the irresponsible use that bugs me. creating new trails etc... Love it to legally get game out.