We’re always on the lookout for the next perfect hunting spot. That usually means traveling farther from the truck or camp cabin, but there is only so far you can travel on foot, especially when it comes time to pack out game. An ATV can greatly extend your hunting range. They can be a hunting buddy, pack mule and even rescue team, all in one well-equipped and supremely capable machine. Each year brings a new crop of models, and through diligent testing, hopefully we can steer you in the right direction.
We’ve also included a few of the best UTVs for 2013, which aren’t quite as maneuverable as an ATV but add plenty of versatility. UTVs can typically haul up to six hefty hunters and a mountain of gear in the rear cargo bed. They’re not quite as fast as an ATV, but with a fully automatic transmission they make up for it with superior torque and towing capability. Selecting the right machine comes down to your preference of features, capabilities and price. Here’s a rundown of the best ATVs and UTVs to help make your decision as easy as possible.
- With a staff chock-full of Minnesota hunters, Arctic Cat knows a thing or two about hunting. Just like its staff, Arctic Cat ATVs are tough and ready for action.
Arctic Cat has more models (17) in their Recreation and Utility ATV lineup than many other manufacturers do in their entire fleet, offering a huge number of engine, comfort, and performance features, with each machine designed for maximum performance and reliability. Most models offer fully independent suspension with adjustable shocks, a low profile seat for reduced center of gravity, and excellent ground clearance. The suspension designs lets the Cat ATVs squat and dig for traction when under power yet float over rough spots on the trail while maintaining a smooth ride.
There is an engine for everyone and a chassis to go with it, but our favorite Cat ATV is the excellent 700 Limited. Cat uses their Duramatic CVT transmission, 2-inch receiver hitch, and heavy-duty steel racks on every recreation model ATV, and their Speedrack accessory system lets you add other attachments quickly as well. They’re ready for work or hauling whitetails anytime you are!