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 youknow who maintains the land you would like to use and if ATV/UTV operationis allowed.
- All ATVs/UTVsregistered for public use must display their registration ID number on arear 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 at least 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 areharmful 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.