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post #21 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-07-2019, 09:38 AM
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its all in conditioning …

if deer are used to ATVs driving around slowly ,it wont bother them
but one flying thru fast might .
I've offroaded in a place the deer are used to fast moving vehicles.
but are spooked by anything that stops

I have also shot trap on a range filled with browsing deer..
not only were we shooting and busting clays right over top of them
they were also getting hit with pieces of broken clay pigeons falling from the sky.
they hardly flinched and returned every evening
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post #22 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-07-2019, 10:18 AM
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I don't believe it is an absolute requirement to have a camo ATV, but as compared to bright colors it does make it more difficult for others to see at a distance thus increasing the chances of others moving in on your secret spots or to lead them to return to your stand when you are not there.

As some hunters leave their stand in/on trees, place T. Cams on a mock scrapes/trails and who want's anyone snooping around a location they have put so much effort into, who wants to spend a hunting day to go shopping for a new tree stand in the middle of the season, T. Cams are expensive and a major target of bandits. If they take your tree stand or just your steps they are going to take your cameras.....all they can find.

Regarding the ATV cover it is not a must, but it is nice to come back to sit on a dry seat or not have to scrape the snow and ice off the seat for a ride back on a cold/wet day as well as the cover protects the seat. Also an ATV cover placed over the vehicle is a bit of an honest person security device to keep someone from walking passed and seeing anything you might have on your ATV and taking it with them. For me there is always something left on my ATV while I am in a stand even if it just a gun or bow rack.
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