Many hunters who own ATV's enjoy using their machines to get to the hunt during bow or rifle season. But for hunters who stalk animals and value stealth to get a good shot, an ATV is the last thing they want to see in the backcountry.
"We know from other states that ATV's used in hunting can create conflicts. In Montana, with more land base and fewer people, we can take steps now to head off some of the contentious situations other, more populated states, are running into," said Clint Blackwood, FWP Trails Program Coordinator.
Blackwood said conflicts increase as more and more people are involved in a sport. Increasingly hunters use ATV's for access into backcountry areas that once saw only walk-in hunters and hunters packing with or riding stock.
"We are at a place in our state where ATV users can set their own high standards and ensure that abuses and use conflicts don't occur. That's in their favor, because conflicts usually lead to more regulations," Blackwood said.
Blackwood said that hunters who plan to use an ATV in the hunt should use it to get to the hunting area before shooting hours.
Blackwood also suggested these guidelines for hunters with ATV's.