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SledNeck

Dont forget how hard it is to walk and carry a case of beer as opposed to riding an ATV

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Archerysniper

This is kinda grouse hunting related but last year me and my dad were drawn for the MN moose hunt we were hunting state land by tofte and I had scouted for 3 weekends before season and found a area with lot of bull sign and actually had a bull at 30 feet the weekend before season so 4 days before season we go and set up camp 1.5 miles off the road were the trail narrows down 2 trucks a tent and all our gear and we would be in camp and the grouse hunters would just walk throgh we would stop and talk to them and tell them we were moose hunting and we would like it if they would not go any farther be would not stop them and everyone of them just continued down the trail. I know if I went down a trail and found a truck I would turn around but that must be old school now days

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Matt Breuer

Dont forget how hard it is to walk and carry a case of beer as opposed to riding an ATV

Touche'

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Chef

Wow, I need a Drink...

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fishuhalik

I think the big difference in this debate is how you view grouse hunting. For some it's a passion, a time they look forward to all winter/spring/summer. For others, it's a tasty bird that they can kill while they're out having a good time riding on their wheeler. Myself, I'm in the second group. I like cruising around just as much as shooting the birds. In the fall i usually keep a shotgun in the scabbord and some #6s in my pocket, and if a grouse walks in front of me or I see one standing on a log next to the trail, I'll get him however I can and I'll really enjoy eating it that night. I'm sorry if I don't have the respect that some of you have for grouse, I feel the same way that you do, except my passoin is waterfowl.

One other thing that I should mention is ethics. If I'm out riding my wheeler and see a truck at a trailhead, I'll just go to the next one. I always just thought that was common decency, knowing that some people do love grouse hunting more than any other kind of hunting.

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Snag

The moose comparison isn't the same. Now if they came through on their ATV's you would have a gripe grin

"A good walk spoiled" from Twain would also work when getting passed by another grouse hunter on an ATV when you are walking a trail.

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Wobbler

This ATV debate is funny and does not make any sense to me. I really like the purists who say using a motorized vehicle (ATV) does not make it hunting because you should be "hunting with your own 2 feet". Let me throw this own out there and tell me if it is a comparison. Fishing is not really fishing becasue our ancestors did not use motorboats! Fishing from a motorized boat is equal to fishing from shore or with a row boat? It is unfair chase according to those on here who say using an ATV (motorized) is not "hunting" if i can't get to the fish but a motor boat can? It is lazy that I can drive my motor boat anywhere but the shore fisherman can't? Nobody is crying about polluting our lakes with all the gas, oil, or noise from motor boats yet that is the argument I see here in the comments for hunting. There are plenty of trails designated for walkers and for those who use ATV's. Dennis Anderson I feel really did not think about this article all that much. To me fishing with his argument should be held to the same standard too. Funny I did not even mention electronics and Vexilars which really increases your chances of harvesting fish.

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Chef

Gee, if you could only shoot all those fish down there with a SHOTGUN at close range.

Sorry, your analogy doesn't hold water smile

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Northdrifter08

Sounds like we've all had our bad experiences with the unethical hunter... both on an ATV and off....

.... If an ethical hunter walks or drives upon another ethical hunter either walking or driving, the situation will turnout out fine for both.. Now if only one is unethical, here lies the problem... now if both are unethical... Here lies even a bigger problem...

I was educated by my dad on ethical hunting and then went through a "Gun Safety" course... Thus I can see unethical behaviour among hunters, where others cannot, typically people who havent been educated on gun safety and hunter ethics...

What I'm trying to say is a lot of the people who abuse the laws are not taught proper "hunting ethics".. which needs to start young.... this is for both the walker and rider...

Courses should be mandatory to get a hunting license....period...

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Bear55

I think the big difference in this debate is how you view grouse hunting. For some it's a passion, a time they look forward to all winter/spring/summer. For others, it's a tasty bird that they can kill while they're out having a good time riding on their wheeler. Myself, I'm in the second group. I like cruising around just as much as shooting the birds. In the fall i usually keep a shotgun in the scabbord and some #6s in my pocket, and if a grouse walks in front of me or I see one standing on a log next to the trail, I'll get him however I can and I'll really enjoy eating it that night. I'm sorry if I don't have the respect that some of you have for grouse, I feel the same way that you do, except my passoin is waterfowl.

One other thing that I should mention is ethics. If I'm out riding my wheeler and see a truck at a trailhead, I'll just go to the next one. I always just thought that was common decency, knowing that some people do love grouse hunting more than any other kind of hunting.

I agree fishuhalik, like all things fishing and hunting there is any easy way and a hard way to do things. Guys hunting on foot vs ATV's, rifle hunters vs muzzeloaders vs bow hunters vs traditional bow hunters. I could go on and on. Most often if you put in more work you will have better luck and actually enjoy your success even more than someone taking the easy road.

With that said we all have different goals and passions when it comes to the outdoors. Sometimes I hunt or fish the easy way, other times I take the hard route, it usually depends how much I love what I am doing or how much time I have. We are all different and we have to learn to live and adapt to other ways of hunting that might not suite us. I have learned the less I worry about everyone else the happier I am in the woods.

I am one of the ATV hunters, but mostly I am out joy riding/ exploring, and maybe doing a little scouting for deer season, if I get a grouse or two its a bonus.

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Chef

It's obvious after seeing all the debate in this thread that there is a divide between people who hunt for the pleasure and priveledge of the outdoors, respect for the resource and fellow hunters.

The other side are proponents of using every possible method of machinery and technology at their diposal (or within their budget) to get out there and kill "their share" of game as quickly (and easily) as humanly possible.

If some people could ride ATV's to the top of a Mountain instead of hiking on foot, they would. Look at the poeple who ride sleds all over Yellowstone to "enjoy" looking at the animals and beauty of the Park--that's way easier than snow shoeing or cross country skiing. HOw can you possibly get full enjoyment out of the outdoors riding on a machine versus quietly walking?

By the way, I own a 4x4 and I leave it at home when I hunt Grouse. I enjoy the connection with Mother Earth and the Man Above walking down a peaceful trail on foot.

Please don't kill the messenger here, afterall, it's your posts and justifications that draw the conclusion.

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Bear55

Different strokes for different folks. You can't force people to do things your way even if you feel its the right way to hunt grouse. You can look down at others for the way they hunt grouse but others might look down at you for the way you deer or waterfowl hunt. We can go on and on like this or just move on and you do your thing and let others do their thing as long as its not illegal. I think a lot of the time people run into uneithical or illegal hunters on ATV's and then group them in with everyone else.

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Chef

Different strokes for different folks. You can't force people to do things your way even if you feel its the right way to hunt grouse. You can look down at others for the way they hunt grouse but others might look down at you for the way you deer or waterfowl hunt. We can go on and on like this or just move on and you do your thing and let others do their thing as long as its not illegal. I think a lot of the time people run into uneithical or illegal hunters on ATV's and then group them in with everyone else.

Yep, my point was totally missed smile

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fishface

Sorry, but you can be forced to hunt and fish certain ways.

I'd really like to use dynamite fishing because I just LOVE that BOOM and I get SO much more enjoyment from just strolling along and picking up my fish rather than having to actually fish for them. If people would just mind their own buisness and let me fish the way I want we'd get along just fine.

I'm sorry for the sarcasm, But come on!

Working hard does NOT always equal success.

I've stopped waterfowl hunting because I would bust my (bad word) just to have some "ethical/legal" hunter pull in down wind of me at the last minute and compleatly negate every bit of effort I'd made. It happens the same way on the grouse trail. Unless you're WAY up north there are trails everywhere. Most you can drive your car too. If I walk in a couple miles the last thing I want is for somebody to walk in a block or less from another direction. There should be places all over this state where hard work and extra effort do pay off. Apart from the boundy waters and the bog around Red lake there aren't too many places left.

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Bear55

Originally Posted By: Bear55
Different strokes for different folks. You can't force people to do things your way even if you feel its the right way to hunt grouse. You can look down at others for the way they hunt grouse but others might look down at you for the way you deer or waterfowl hunt. We can go on and on like this or just move on and you do your thing and let others do their thing as long as its not illegal. I think a lot of the time people run into uneithical or illegal hunters on ATV's and then group them in with everyone else.

Yep, my point was totally missed smile

Chef I guess you missed my point. As long as someone is hunting legally I won't look down on them. I might not like they what they are doing but I can't legally stop them so I have to learn to live and hunt/fish with them. How is grouse hunting from an ATV any different that using a high powered rifle for deer, or a decked out boat with all the bells and whistles while fishing. According to some here we should all be using traditional archery equipment and fish with spears. The hypocracy in this thread id running a little thick, because I am sure some of the same people complaining about ATV grouse hunting are taking the easy road in other outdoor activities.

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duckster

It used to really make me mad when out walking a trail and a group of ATVs would pass by me, especially if I was halfway through a loop. To the point where I would leave the area.

Now I try not to let it bother me. I take a break with the dog have a drink and a chew(JUST ME I DON'T LET MY DOG CHEW TOBBACCO) and then continue on. I have shot a lot of grouse that ATVs have driven by.

I would like to see more areas set aside for walk in only for both deer and grouse. I like to walk and get away from the crowds. I feel like if you devote the time and effort of walking in there should be the reward of getting away from the crowds. just my .02.

-Duckster

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fishface

Duckster,

You'd make a good diplomat.

If I get burned, I've learned to let it go.

What else can you do?

I smoke cigars.

(they're good for lighting my dynamite too)

I do go into grouse hunts with the attitude of "just a nice walk" so if the worst happens it won't ruin my trip.

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Leaddog

The one good thing about ATVs is that if the trail keeps going so do they! Right past the good stuff.

Keep the less ambitious (on foot or not) on the trail, leave the good places for the rest of us.

Every picture you see of 'grouse hunting' shows people on a trail. When did grouse hunting become trail hiking or riding?

Only sleddogs need trails...

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Musky Buck

Tried to hunt grouse again, lots of ATV's chewing the daylights out of the trail, it's a mess especially after the rain(s). Notice I didn't mention grouse hunter/atv because the people cruising them mainly didn't have shotguns on board. Either way it was a yucky wet, oil the heater kind of day.

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Leaddog

Mountain bikers used to get a bad rap for riding wet trails but then they got educated. The bike industry pushed that mantra using closed trails as proof of consequences.

When will ATVers learn the same?

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Chef

Bear,

If we follow your line of rationale, then you wouldn't mind if a 40 yr. Old guy started dating your 18 yr. old Daughter? That's legal too. Or maybe we shouldn't question how we can send an 18 yr. Old into battle and not let them vote or have a freakin Beer? Legality as a justification for allowing poor behavior is a cop-out.

Frankly the Hypocricy argument isn't a reason for bad behavior either.

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Bear55

Bad behavior is one thing, riding a trail while grouse hunting is another and both are hardly comparable to a 40 year old dating an 18 year old even if they are all legal.

Too many times people run into unethical or illegal hunters and then blame an entire group of people based on one bad experience.

Should I blame every guy who owns a Lund because one j***a** practically trolled into my friends boat one time?

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sportfishgl

I am new to the site, and ran across this discussion while sifting through the site trying to make a decision about advertising. I could not help but add a comment to this thread.

This topic has drawn my ire since I read an article by Shawn Perich, written for the Cook County newspaper about 12 years ago. The article was titled 'Monkey with a moustache', and was a self-indulgent tirade on the evils of motorized hunting. I was not a fan of ATV's (In a fight over land use, the ATV clubs basically threw other users "under the bus" to secure their interest over that of other users, but I will digress…) after considering the content and tone of that article, I became worried that if we continued as sportsmen/women and outdoor users to cannibalize each other over petty differences in the execution of our sport, we would lose the greater battle of securing the basic right to hunt and fish, and use public lands.

As the various comments on this thread will show, there are a couple of different approaches to outdoor sports. I think of these as The Visceral and the Esoteric. Both are acceptable users of the outdoors. An individual may have different blends of both types, colored by their upbringing, experiences, needs, and means.

Some of the most outspoken advocates of banning ATVs are probably 100% esoteric hunters; the quality of the experience is spiritual. Just being in the woods, at one with nature, maybe working a well-trained canine companion IS the hunt. Being accosted by some Jerk individual blasting down "his" trail, ruins, or severely discolors the whole experience for this type of sportsman. These guys/gals are highly ethical, and in the field, are normally extra considerate of other hunters. When you get them OUT of the field, they are the first to proclaim themselves superior to any other users, and demand restrictions and laws that keep "lesser" users out of their way. Others tend to sterotype these as the rich snobs, but in my experience these fellows are just as likely to be the most frugal spenders on outdoor equipment and trips.

Enter the visceral sportsman. This is the guy/gal who just enjoys being outdoors. They think; "If I can have a fun ATV ride on the way to my trout fishing spot, AND shoot a grouse for dinner along the way, that is a great day outdoors!" Many times these are the folks trying to pack a 5-day trip into a weekend. They are working off of an unconscious mental checklist. They want to do a little of everything they enjoy. They may be less likely to put hours into pouring over stocking reports, and scouting, rather, they show up, and take what the trip gives them. Sadly, this attitude also makes this group more prone to stepping on others toes. They are also the group most likely to spend tons of money on stuff the rest of us find extravagant- they don’t just want a 14' Lund and a 9.9, no, they want 225 hp, and a 70mph ride to the fish- This is every bit a part of their outdoor experience just as absolute solitude is for the Esoteric type. Like it or not, these guys have a big part in funding the sport for all of us. If these big spenders disappear, so does a big portion of the funding that supports the activity of the DNR.

You will never get the "100%'ers" of either type to agree. Thankfully, the vast majority of us fall in between these two extremes. If we try and understand our own motivations it should lead to a greater tolerance of fellow sports-folk who may be a little more one way or the other. The important thing is that, while we may disagree with the way each other approaches hunting, fishing, politics, Ford vs.Chevy, sports, etc.We ALL must work together to preserve the basic right to access to public lands and use of the outdoors, even if we are occasionally annoyed by another type of user. "A house divided cannot stand."

I will also agree with previous posts that any illegal, or outright abusive behavior should be promptly reported, with emphasis on the INDIVIDUAL perpetrator NOT their group as a whole. There is no shame in "narc-ing" as these folks are stealing directly from the rest of us.

Sorry about a "newbie" post that is more article than pithy commentary, but this one has bothered me for a while, and is far deeper than the ATV vs. Walker debate. Anywhere you look sportsmen are bickering between each other over petty disagreements, while the big anti-(fill in the blank) groups are in solidarity against us all- ATV'er or Walker alike.

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Chef

Very eloquent summation, thanks for posting your thoughts.

Now the challenge remains--will the rude hunters who act like selfish children join he human race?

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Harmonica Bear

sportfishgl,

Nice post, well put. Welcome aboard!

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sportfishgl

Very eloquent summation, thanks for posting your thoughts.

Now the challenge remains--will the rude hunters who act like selfish children join he human race?

Chef,

Not very likley. One can only stay vigilant to turn in the worst offenders, and hope that we can influence others by example.

I think it is too much to ask that everyone should be Aldo Leopold, but holding folks to a little higher standard of courtesy, I do not think, is too much to ask.

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Chef

Amen to that!

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Bear55

Well said sportfishgl! Too many people see things in black and white and don't realize the many shades of gray when if comes to the outdoors.

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BobT

I find it humorous how so many are quick to condemn or criticize others because they do things a little differently.

"How can you possibly get full enjoyment out of the outdoors riding on a machine versus quietly walking?"

This is funny because I'm sure those that feel this way only do because they don't go beyond a certain point. They probably hunt grouse using a shotgun. One could then ask, "How can anyone possibly get full enjoyment out of hunting using a firearm rather than using the skills God has provided?"

It's easy to be critical so long as those you're critical of are doing something beyond your ability, desire, or pocketbook.

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Shack

I am new to the site, and ran across this discussion while sifting through the site trying to make a decision about advertising. I could not help but add a comment to this thread.

This topic has drawn my ire since I read an article by Shawn Perich, written for the Cook County newspaper about 12 years ago. The article was titled 'Monkey with a moustache', and was a self-indulgent tirade on the evils of motorized hunting. I was not a fan of ATV's (In a fight over land use, the ATV clubs basically threw other users "under the bus" to secure their interest over that of other users, but I will digress…) after considering the content and tone of that article, I became worried that if we continued as sportsmen/women and outdoor users to cannibalize each other over petty differences in the execution of our sport, we would lose the greater battle of securing the basic right to hunt and fish, and use public lands.

As the various comments on this thread will show, there are a couple of different approaches to outdoor sports. I think of these as The Visceral and the Esoteric. Both are acceptable users of the outdoors. An individual may have different blends of both types, colored by their upbringing, experiences, needs, and means.

Some of the most outspoken advocates of banning ATVs are probably 100% esoteric hunters; the quality of the experience is spiritual. Just being in the woods, at one with nature, maybe working a well-trained canine companion IS the hunt. Being accosted by some Jerk individual blasting down "his" trail, ruins, or severely discolors the whole experience for this type of sportsman. These guys/gals are highly ethical, and in the field, are normally extra considerate of other hunters. When you get them OUT of the field, they are the first to proclaim themselves superior to any other users, and demand restrictions and laws that keep "lesser" users out of their way. Others tend to sterotype these as the rich snobs, but in my experience these fellows are just as likely to be the most frugal spenders on outdoor equipment and trips.

Enter the visceral sportsman. This is the guy/gal who just enjoys being outdoors. They think; "If I can have a fun ATV ride on the way to my trout fishing spot, AND shoot a grouse for dinner along the way, that is a great day outdoors!" Many times these are the folks trying to pack a 5-day trip into a weekend. They are working off of an unconscious mental checklist. They want to do a little of everything they enjoy. They may be less likely to put hours into pouring over stocking reports, and scouting, rather, they show up, and take what the trip gives them. Sadly, this attitude also makes this group more prone to stepping on others toes. They are also the group most likely to spend tons of money on stuff the rest of us find extravagant- they don’t just want a 14' Lund and a 9.9, no, they want 225 hp, and a 70mph ride to the fish- This is every bit a part of their outdoor experience just as absolute solitude is for the Esoteric type. Like it or not, these guys have a big part in funding the sport for all of us. If these big spenders disappear, so does a big portion of the funding that supports the activity of the DNR.

You will never get the "100%'ers" of either type to agree. Thankfully, the vast majority of us fall in between these two extremes. If we try and understand our own motivations it should lead to a greater tolerance of fellow sports-folk who may be a little more one way or the other. The important thing is that, while we may disagree with the way each other approaches hunting, fishing, politics, Ford vs.Chevy, sports, etc.We ALL must work together to preserve the basic right to access to public lands and use of the outdoors, even if we are occasionally annoyed by another type of user. "A house divided cannot stand."

I will also agree with previous posts that any illegal, or outright abusive behavior should be promptly reported, with emphasis on the INDIVIDUAL perpetrator NOT their group as a whole. There is no shame in "narc-ing" as these folks are stealing directly from the rest of us.

Sorry about a "newbie" post that is more article than pithy commentary, but this one has bothered me for a while, and is far deeper than the ATV vs. Walker debate. Anywhere you look sportsmen are bickering between each other over petty disagreements, while the big anti-(fill in the blank) groups are in solidarity against us all- ATV'er or Walker alike.

Ding, Ding (As Old Joe would say) grin

sportfishgl great post. I was hinting twords what you brought forward a page or two back.

Thanks for posting and I hope to read more form you. smile

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