SCTrojanHunter

Jeep or ATV???

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I'm trying to decide whether or not to purchase a Jeep or Camo ATV for hunting purposes. I prefer to Stalk, so I wouldn't be pursuing anything with the vehicle. I thought this group would have an opinion on which way is the best to go to start. Looking forward to your thoughts.SCTrojanHunter

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We have four jeeps in our family and love them. The added benefit is that they are all licensed so we can drive them to the place where we are going to be hunting. No trailer, no unloading or reloading, etc. Plus we tend to hunt together so we all can pile in together. Of course if your jeep isn't licensed then you have to load unload it as well. If it is licensed you have to pay for registration every year. I know some farms and ranches don't allow the ATVs on their property because they worry about liability and tearing up the land so if you hunt private land you may want to take that into account. I'm sure there are other things to think about but I personally prefer the jeep. Of course there are others that will go with the quad.

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I have an ATV but I've spotted more game from my truck than the ATV. I think game on public property get wise to the ATV sound more than the vehicle sound. With a nice muffler, you could keep your jeep real quiet in the woods.ATV's are super nice for covering lots of ground, especially when scouting out new areas.

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We have four jeeps in our family and love them. The added benefit is that they are all licensed so we can drive them to the place where we are going to be hunting. No trailer, no unloading or reloading, etc. Plus we tend to hunt together so we all can pile in together. Of course if your jeep isn't licensed then you have to load unload it as well. If it is licensed you have to pay for registration every year. I know some farms and ranches don't allow the ATVs on their property because they worry about liability and tearing up the land so if you hunt private land you may want to take that into account. I'm sure there are other things to think about but I personally prefer the jeep. Of course there are others that will go with the quad.
Thank you. Family is definitely a consideration with two growing boys (4 & 7) who I hope will be coming with me hunting in the next few years.

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I'm thinking of one of the older jeeps. For work on the property it will haul more and pull larger trailer. Then is the aspect of using it on the road for trips to town and such. Depending on exactly what you will be doing with it there are arguments both ways. As usual there is no perfect solution.

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If you hunt with a large crew those new four door jeeps are pretty cool with the top off. Like being on safari!!!

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If you intend on hunting only in Calif A jeep would work fine.. But out of state Id use a quad.. When we go to Colorado, Wyoming, Utah etc we always take our quads. Reason is back there in the real world quads will get you into places no jeep will go. Where we hunt in Colorado we camp up top as far as we can get, around the 11,000 ft. We park the truck, unload the quads, an set up camp.. from that point on we use quads to get way back in. Walking isnt an option because we have to get back in real far and make it back out once it gets dark. No way would we be able to walk that...Plus we cover alot of ground. Where we go its not accessible to jeeps/trucks. Also we use our quads to pack out the elk and deer. The only time we use our truck in Colorado is going to town or to go over and check out another unit and the quad goes with us to retrieve game. SO alot I think would depend on how you hunt. WE drive to camp, ride quads to never never land, It works for us.. Sometimes Ill drop son and hubby off and meet them at a different location for pick up or to get the game...

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Great points. I hunt California and Arizona. Have yet to do Colorado or elsewhere, but heading to Wyoming this fall. Thanks for the great advice.

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there are places outside Calif, I know that Idaho is one of them, where you can only use ATV, etc to retreive your game off trails. you're mainly stuck to the main dirt roads. But hey, I'm okay with that - keeps people from tearing up the country side!

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I like a jeep. If you need to use a road you can. ATV's in California are becoming a nasty word. Where you could once use them is now becoming very limited.

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I know how you feel with this dillema. I went through it last year and I am feeling the NEED for a Rhino again. I have a Jeep Cherokee Sport and with the limited hunting I do, I can get just about anywhere in my Jeep. But, it just doesn't have that in-your-face fun factor of the Rhino. ;) I'm currently looking again though I have faith in the boss that it will NOT get approved. lol So I will probably just use my Jeep again next season.

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Jeep all the way! I take mine all over CA, NV, and AZ. It will go to CO this year as well for Elk hunting.Darren

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WHat part of Colorado you heading to? We hunt around Rangely, I am going 2nd season and late season I Hope <Fingers crossed> We always put in for cow elk and pick up a bull tag or two as well..

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LOL so does my Polaris Ranger.. Heater, Fan, Nice comfy seat, doors, windshield wipers, stereo, the list goes on ;)

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Go with a Jeep! If you're worried about dinging up or scratching your Jeep, get an older one. Me, I don't care about dings or scratches on my '05 Rubicon, it's a Jeep and it's meant for use offroad where I wouldn't take my car or a truck. I take it into areas most people won't take an ATV or UTV (they'd roll them). I've used the side armor to pivot around trees and boulders. I've used the skidplate to teeter totter while hi-sided on a boulder. The one thing I can say is that I always know what I'm doing and know the risks when offroading. I never "beat" my Jeep up, in fact, the fastest it's ever been driven in the dirt is 20mph down a dirt road. That said, you also have to take care of the vehicle and know how to work on it if it breaks down. Carry the necessary tools to help yourself get back to civilization. I also carry all kinds of communication devices (cell phone, 3 cb radios-vehicle and two handhelds, mobile ham radio, 2 FRS radios and my SPOT satellite communicator). Don't forget the First Aid kits! As one can see, I tend to over prepare. Not much use for an ATV in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona where I normally tend to hunt.My Jeep!post-1942-1236655627_thumb.jpgGood Luck and Get a Jeep. More fun with the family!!!

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WHat part of Colorado you heading to? We hunt around Rangely, I am going 2nd season and late season I Hope <Fingers crossed> We always put in for cow elk and pick up a bull tag or two as well..
Where I always go. Area 10 during 3/4 combined Rifle season. Just north of Rangely where you head. In fact I go into Rangely from time to time in order to get more supplies and do laundry if necessary.Darren

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How often do you hunt 10? Last I heard it took ALOT of points for deer or Elk and you get both??

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Cow elk is what I go after. Saving my points for bull elk (need between 10-12 points). I haven't been out the last two years (getting my daughter up to speed on deer currently). Hunting it over the past few years, I have only missed out on one draw for cow elk and it is my second choice after a preference point. Area 11 is the tough one to get.Darren

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Thank you everyone for the great input. Looks like a Jeep is the way to go, perhaps picking up an ATV some time in the future if my Boss approves. Great pic's and nice looking setups.

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I have a Jeep and a ATV I use them both. I mostly hunt here in CA with the Jeep due to limited access with the Quad. When I hunted out of state in UT I would take the ATV it was not as loud or noisy as the jeep. I could get around better on the ATV. Only problem with the ATV you have to load and unload them. Do you have a Pick Up truck? If not you have to get a trailer. Why not get both?post-3-1265327944.jpg

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If money isn't a issue i'd go with jeep or any other 4x4. especially in california. I like my quad and loading unloading isnt a issue with me because i park and walk in. You can go more places in the street legal vehicle. Now, if i were rich i'd have a 4x4 and a horse! that would be the dream. With the quadk, i have driven up on does and actually followed them with my wife. Some get use to them being around which would really be great if i could have shot the doe.

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I've only hunted from jeep like vehicles and from a honda trail 90 and 110. Love each one for different reasons, I'm sure a quad would be great too. If I were to go buy something today though, I'd look for a CJ-7.

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