Most sportsmen fall into one of two categories: those that have an ATV or those that want one. Let’s face it, while you may not want to hunt from an off-road machine, they are handy as hell around deer camp, for hauling wood, planting small food plots, and doing general chores. They also make transporting game simple and getting to those remote spots a breeze.
Luckily, there are literally dozens upon dozens of options for setting up an ATV to tackle these tasks.
With that in mind, I decided to pick my dream gear and equip my favorite ATV of 2014, Yamaha’s incredible Grizzly 700, as I prepare to tackle the upcoming hunting season.
- Yamaha slightly redesigned the piston and compression ratio of its SOHC 686cc liquid-cooled power plant for 2014 to improve performance across the power band. Improvements didn’t stop at engine alone, as suspension travel and A-arm length have also been increased for rider comfort, without compromising the legendary handling. Hunters will appreciate the on-command 4WD system—you can switch from 2WD to limited slip 4WD to fully locked differential 4WD with the push of a button. Convenience continues with the electric power steering and the advanced LCD digital instrument panel. All told, the Grizzly 700 is about as good as it gets for hunters. Price: $9,499 (hunter green, steel blue, red); $9,949 (RealTree AP HD)