Safe and Ethical Operation When Hunting with ATVs
Always follow the rules for safe and ethical operation.
- Wear a helmet approved by the Department of Transportation.
- Wear protective clothing, including goggles, gloves, and boots.
- Carry firearms unloaded and cased, or on a proper gun rack.
- When using the plastic scabbard mounted on an ATV, clear the inside of the scabbard of debris and check your firearm’s muzzle for obstructions.
- Stay on the main roads and trails.
- Pick your route carefully to minimize terrain damage.
- Don’t drive over crops or planted fields.
- Don’t shoot from an ATV.
- Use ATVs only to get to the hunting area or to haul an animal from the woods.
- Don’t cross or ride up or down creeks and streams. Missouri law prohibits driving an ATV or ORV in streams except when fording streams at customary road crossings or for agricultural purposes on land owned by the ATV/ORV operator. Doing so under other circumstances can result in fines and suspension of all state hunting and fishing privileges. This is because crossing or riding in creeks and streams:
- Kills aquatic insects and small animals that fish depend on for food not only through actual contact but also through disturbing the sediment and habitat in the stream.
- Destroys habitat needed by fish and the animals they eat.
- Destroys vegetation on the water’s edge which then allows erosion to take place.
- Muddies the water, making it less pleasant for swimming, canoeing, fishing, and other recreation.