Adequate education and enforcement, including a universal requirement that all OHVs have an easily recognizable form of visible identification, are essential to ensuring responsible OHV use and effective management.
Sportsmen have long supported enforcement of wildlife laws to protect our hunting and fishing resources. As motorized users, we must support measures that will hold us to a higher standard to ensure that we will always be able to drive to our public lands and find robust populations of fish and wildlife when we arrive there.
Watch this great video about responsible use of an OHV while hunting. Used with permission from New Mexico Game and Fish. Clickhere to go to New Mexico Game and Fish’s website.
No matter if we drive a pickup, Subaru or an ATV, we have an obligation to future generations of hunters, anglers and riders to ensure that they have a place to ride, hunt and fish. Education and enforcement is the key to ensuring that tomorrow’s hunters and anglers will have wild country to explore, hunt and fish.
Just like with game laws and speed limits, enforcement is critical to weed out the bad apples and treat users fairly. Effective enforcement means clearly understandable laws, readily accessible maps, educating users and boots on the ground in the form of peace officers well versed in conservation and OHV laws. Additionally, a visible identification tag on all OHVs will ensure that law enforcement officers can do their jobs and responsible users continue to enjoy their motorized recreation opportunities.
Education focused on land ethic and responsible riding is one of the most important steps we can take to pass our conservation values on to our children. Much like hunter’s safety courses have become standard, we believe that young people venturing onto public land with motorized vehicles should have a sound understanding of stewardship, safety and the rules of the road to help inform their decisions as they ride (click here to learn more about riding responsibly).