Off-Highway Vehicles and the Hunt

Hunter in a tree stand with ATV loaded with gear parked belowIf you are a hunter and don't recreationally ride an off-highway vehicle (OHV), such as an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), Off-Highway Motorcycle (OHM), or Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV, also called side x side or UTV), then you probably just think of your OHV as a tool.  Hunting is a form of recreation where its tools have specific safety guidelines to follow to help ensure an enjoyable hunt without any negative memorable incidents.  Most likely, you know about the safety guidelines for your firearms.  We hope to help you understand the importance of the safe and responsible use of your OHV.


Safety First!

The safe use of OHVs should be the primary concern of anyone who owns and rides an OHV.  There are organizations such as the ATV Safety Institute and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Riders Association, and even the Motorcycle Safety Foundation which have a plethora of information about safe use of OHVs.  You can start by checking out our safety page to get directly to the information you need.


It Started in 2000

NOHVCC began working on the educational materials for OHV use specific to hunting back in 2000 when it hosted the OHV and Hunting Summit in Great Falls, MT.  The summit included 40 participants from 6 states representing federal and state agencies, hunting, environmental, recreation, ranching, private property, and OHV manufacturing interests.  The participants of the summit developed 7 message points that could be used across all states; so that the messages were consistent.  Those messages are the foundation of the many states’ programs and the NOHVCC OHV and hunting videos. 


The messages:

  • Drive on legal routes only
  • Be courteous to other hunters and respect wildlife; keep your sound down
  • Educate yourself; learn the legal routes and when game retrieval is allowed
  • Avoid the spread of noxious weeds
  • Be legal and safe; don’t shoot from or across your ATV or roadways
  • Conserve the land; avoid wetland and other sensitive areas
  • Never chase wildlife with your OHV; it is illegal and responsible

Creation of Tools

After the summit, we began creating programs aimed at educating hunters about the safe, ethical, and responsible use of OHVs during the hunt.  They include “Hunting and OHVs” brochures for 3 states and “Hunting and OHVs” training videos and PSA for 3 states and a national "Hunting and OHVs" PSA..

Some basic information and tools can be found on the Impacts of OHVs and Hunting page.

Inside of Colorado Hunting flyer.  Assorted signs.