The Idaho Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Public Information Project

OHV Recreation Guide
for Idaho’s State and Federal Lands

The Idaho OHV Public Information Project
How to register your OHV in Idaho
How to use your ATV during hunting season
Tips for enjoying safe and responsible OHV recreation
Learn to Ride Your OHV!
Maps of OHV trail riding opportunities
The Idaho OHV Public Outreach Campaign
State and Federal Agencies
OHV Websites - State to National

Map: Restricted Hunt Units

Brochure (pdf): Motorized Vehicle Rule – Hunting and Off-road Use

Website: Idaho Department of Fish and Game


Map of Restricted Hunt Units

Map of restricted hunt units

How To Use Your ATV During Hunting Season

The use of ATVs during hunting season is increasing dramatically. While ATVs have made some areas more accessible, they have also created problems.

• Know the vehicle use regulations for the area you are hunting. Contact the local BLM Field Office, Forest Service Ranger District or Idaho Department of Lands Area office for travel management information before you go. Respect road and area closures.

• Stay on existing roads or trails. Do not contribute to resource damage and habitat destruction by creating new travelways for others to follow.

• User-created travelways are often poorly located within riparian zones or on steep slopes creating vegetation and soil impacts. Don't make the problem worse by continuing to use these routes.

• To increase your chances of success and cause less disturbance to hunters around you, access your hunting area before shooting hours and then hunt on foot.

• Retrieve harvested big game during the middle of the day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) to reduce conflicts with other hunters. Travel off trail only if travel regulations permit.

• Have respect for other users. Slow down or stop your ATV when you approach others on the trail. When meeting equestrians, approach slowly, pull over and stop, turn off your engine, remove your helmet and ask how best to proceed.

• Avoid the use of ATVs in wet areas or during wet conditions. Even though the lighter weight and low-pressure tires reduce impacts, ATVs can still do serious damage to wet areas.

• Keep your ATV properly tuned and muffled to reduce exhaust sounds and emissions.

• Don't widen single-track trails by forcing your ATV down the trail.

• When overtaking others, pass in a safe and courteous manner.

• Limit ATV use in and around campgrounds. Be respectful of other campers' desires for quiet and minimal disruption.

These are simple things, but they can go a long way toward reducing the impact of ATV use. They will protect the habitat and improve the Idaho hunting experience. Following these guidelines will reduce the need for more regulations and help retain the ATV opportunities that currently exist.



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The Idaho OHV Information Project
is a partnership effort of five State and Federal resource management agencies:

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, Idaho Department of Fish and Game,
Idaho Department of Lands, U.S. Bureau of Land Management
and the U.S. Forest Service.