Do you guys hide your ATVs when hunting?

rifle02

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I always hacked out a parking spot in the privet that seems to grow on field edges. I would put my ATV in it and it seemed to work pretty well. When I was too lazy to park it in that spot I noticed deer did not react to an ATV that they could see. This year I began using a Polaris Ranger. Deer do not like it one bit. I've had several see it when walking towards the edge of the field, make a U-turn and leave. Opening day of firearms season I parked it on a bulldozer road that is a ledge. One small buck who was walking on the Road stopped, stared and went out of his way to avoid it. My old ATV was camo and the new ranger is gray and black. Maybe thats it!
 

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We ride ATV's around the property all year long . Sometimes it will spook or run one or two . Other times they just look and go on about their business.
 

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My Polaris doesn't spook them unless it's moving. Had a spike walk by at about 20 feet.
 

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Hinged cut some small trees about ten yards behind stand. Park and climb tree. have killed several deer from that stand.
 

Jack Reed

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I've been setting up deer stand sites this past week, and was wondering if the ones that I'm going to have to ride my ATV to should have a designated site for parking/hiding my ATV. If so, I'll have to chop a little brush down to make a parking spot. I don't want it to be close enough to my stand site to spook the deer, so i was thinking maybe 400 yards or so away (downwind) would be enough distance.
Any of you guys do this?
Our lease consist of 3500 acres for 11 people. We have around 15 box blinds and 30 ladder stands. I’m riding my side by side to an area far enough away from my stand and walking the rest. Most important thing is get your ars in the woods. We all know that hunting is about scent,wind direction and ALOT OF LUCK. You can’t kill them from the couch all though some of our box blinds do have reclining chairs.
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Bgoodman30

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I debate this in my head a lot. Honestly I am thinking its better to bump them if you have to with ATV or lights.. When you walk long distances you will probably sweat, leave ground scent and getting seen is way worse..

The biggest deer killed on our lease was killed by my buddy who drove his truck in and parked about 150 yards from the stand.
 

Remington700

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I think a lot of it has to do with what they become accustom with. If you drive them regularly and the deer are use to them, they do not mind them. The land I hunt we only go on it in hunting season. If you drive one you will see zero deer. Walk in and the deer are everywhere.
 

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