The Growing Problems of "Buddy Hunting" & ATVs
In the December 2008 issue of The Hunting Report, Senior Western Correspondent Lance Stapleton reports on how out-of-control "buddy hunting" and ATV use is ruining hunts in many of the premium limited-draw units out West. Buddy hunting traditionally involves a hunting partner who is not actually hunting but helping a friend spot and recover game. Today, there are mini-armies of "buddy hunters" who fan out through an area "scouting," typically on ATVs, and ruining hunts for other tag holders.
In his report, Stapleton explores some possible solutions that he developed after reading a study recently produced for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game by the University of Idaho. The study surveyed 3,000 mule deer hunters and revealed some interesting insights on ATV use and how certain requirements and restrictions would still allow their use but make hunting more enjoyable for everyone in the field. See the December 2008 issue for the full story. To read the result of the Idaho study, click below.