ATV vs. UTV
Looking at finally getting an ATV/UTV for hunting...
How stable are the UTV's? Salesman tells me they will go everywhere an ATV will go, roughest country I am looking at is in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Concerned that the UTV's look a little top heavy.
Also, Power Steering: Required or nice to have?
Living in the Black Hills myself, I would go with an ATV if I was going to hunt with it in the Hills. Mainly because most of those UTVs have some type of roll cage and its profile is way higher and could be problamatic getting under tree limbs and such. If you were just going to hunt on the priarie, you would be fine with either. I'm also looking at selling one of mine, a Yamaha Kodiac 400, let me know if you might be interested and i'll give you a good deal
Yea, you have pretty much confirmed some thoughts I was having...
To be honest I went from "for sure getting something" to "if I get an Elk tag I will probably get one"
Decided I should probably buy furniture first!
My Dad uses a 2 speed 2 seater dune buggy thing around the badlands and black hills, seems to do the trick.
I am in Texas... I have a ATV and with the spirit of ARF.COM on "get both" I am thinking of adding a UTV to the garage. I love my ATV and if I could only have 1 I would keep it but I wouldn't mind having an UTV also. I like the 2 riders and cargo area for some of the areas I hunt. One thing I might point out to y'all up there in the Arctic is that every time you start looking at UTVs you see the advertise the enclosed and warm cab kits. Just a thought.... I don't like anything below 50 degrees.
I have grown up & lived on our family's farm all of my life & have quite a bit of ATV experience, but all in Florida where we obviously don't have mountains. When young & stupid I used to go hill climbing in abandoned phosphate mines which were very steep/tall, but with few rocks. I would never climb anything near that bad with a gun & gear, much less an animal, because we were constantly flipping backward down the hills - all that stuff will tangle you up so you can't bail & the bike can crush you.
Anything I would climb(while hunting) with an ATV I would climb with a "good" UTV. The newer UTVs are built like a large ATV with a roll cage. The older types, like the Kawasaki Mules, Polaris, etc ride like a tank compared to a Yamaha Rhino, or Polaris Razor, and don't climb nearly as well as the newer UTVs with their 4-wheel independent suspension
I absolutely love my Yamaha Rhino, and use it everyday on the farm. Friends that also grew up with ATVs wonder why anyone would ever buy another ATV after riding my side by side. The only drawback is that the Rhino is top-heavy side to side, but not front & back. For rougher, hill climbing I would rather have a Polaris Razor, as they are a little lower to the ground & quieter. I bought my current Rhino from a friend who thought it was too loud for hunting - he bought a razor as a replacement & loves it. Both have fully functional roll ages which is a big comfort if you happen to need it.
If I had to buy an ATV for hunting in rough hilly terrain, I would rather have a smaller, lighter one as they are more manuverable & less likely to break your back when they roll over on you. I prefer old 3-wheelers for this, as they are so much lighter & have a much smaller turning radius as slow speeds.