Use your ATV or UTV to prepare for hunting season
Food plots have become as much a part of the hunting landscape as the tree stand, it seems. The use of ATVs and UTVs in making and maintaining food plots is also a major part of that landscape as they are a natural fit. There are quite a few tools available to help you set up the killer food plot of your dreams. Here are five that we think you should have for this hunting season.
Kolpin DirtWorks System
Kolpin makes a lot of great products, but its new DirtWorks system is simply awesome. It converts the two-inch receiver on your ATV or UTV into a three-point system like on a tractor, complete with an electronic control to raise and lower the implement. From there, you can select disc-plows, harrows, chisel plows and more. It is a one-stop setup for making an entire food plot. Look for more on this system down the road.
Groundhawg Max Plow
Sometimes you just need something simple, and the Groundhawg is that – a simple disc-plow that connects to your vehicle’s receiver. It uses the weight of the machine to push into the ground, so you’ll need ramps to set the depth when you plow. We’ve used one of these plows for two years and have been impressed with how well it works. You need a machine with a strong two-inch receiver. These are also extremely durable, as after two years of use, ours still looks as good as new.
Moultrie 25 Gallon ATV Spot Sprayer
There are a lot of great sprayers on the market and the Moultrie is one of them. This simple sprayer has a hand sprayer and a boomless sprayer that covers around 10 feet behind the machine. There is a drain plus that works with standard garden hoses so you can drain off any unused chemicals into a container for safe storage. The sprayers are adjustable and the electric pump motor connects to the 12-volt outlet on your machine and has a toggle on/off switch.
After you get your plot tilled up, it’s time to spread the seed. This spreader from Cabela’s has a 15-gallon capacity, so if you want to spread things like lime or fertilizer, you can use it for that as well. A 12-volt industrial-strength motor runs the spreader gate and evenly casts whatever you are spreading in a wide berth behind your machine. You can also use this as a supplemental feeder if you wanted to, as it will handle most type of foods, such as corn or deer chow.
From personal experience, we can say that a winch is a must have implement. As you’re going along plowing, it is entirely possible to get stuck, and we do mean STUCK. It happened to us just last year. Another plus to having a winch is that it can be very helpful in clearing debris, such as a fallen tree, from the area you want your plot.