DNR Officials Urge Safe Use Of ATV’s And UTV’s During Deer Hunt

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to ride safely when using all-terrain vehicles and utility-terrain vehicles during their hunt this year. Since January, 41 people have died in ATV and UTV-related crashes. Most of the incidents involved people not wearing a helmet or seat belt. There were 38 fatal crashes in 2020. Hunters using ATVs or UTVs to retrieve harvests or travel off-road to hunting locations should take life-saving precautions such as wearing a helmet and buckling up. DNR Conservation Warden and Off-Highway Vehicle Administrator Lt. Martin Stone says ATV’s and UTV’s are powerful and potentially dangerous vehicles. He says oftentimes, accidents happen by simply going too fast for conditions, not judging the curve correctly or not knowing the terrain. Some tips for safe operation include do not drink and drive, slow down, display registration ID number on a rear plate for all ATVs and UTVs registered for public use, and always wear a helmet. ATV riders at least 12 years old and born after January 1, 1988 must complete a course before operating an ATV on public trails and areas in Wisconsin. UTV operators must be at least 16-years-old.