How feasible is it to deer hunt Oklahoma with an ATV?

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I've decided that horses and mules aren't worth considering unless one is rich, a farmer or a rancher and owns such animals.
Not practical for most modern American hunters anyway.

Are ATV's (those 4 wheel things you sit on like a motorcycle with handlebars) widely permitted on lands open to the public for deer hunting?
Is OK an ATV-friendly state? An ATV is a great idea for the deer hunt but only if the "Lords and Masters" controlling the deer hunting properties allow that sort of thing.

How much money can one expect to pay for a GOOD second-hand ATV for hunting these days?
$1,000?, $2,000?, $5,000?

There are some new off-beat-China-brand ATV's that are under $2,500, but I question the quality and longevity of vehicles that cheap.

Doesn't have to look pretty but just mechanically
strong to haul the deer back to the truck.

The only new ATV's I've seen sold in Lawton are the name brand ones like Polaris, Honda, Kawasaki, etc. that rival good used car prices. Anything costing $3K+ to go haul a dead deer out of the woods once every season or so is a bit rich for my blood.

They have things on the market like these new Apollo Commanders but only down in Texas. Why don't Oklahoma hunters get new el-cheapo "deer" machines like these from local dealers? If I buy one in Texas, who is going to service it in Oklahoma?

 
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Unless you're hunting SE OK, ATVs are not generally allowed on public land.
I gather then that the answer to "Is Ok an ATV-friendly state" is NO. Limiting it's use to a small part of the state makes it pretty much a low-feasibility prospect. The bureaucrats are out to eventually end all outdoor fun in America.

It would seem that the most hunter-friendly states would also be among the most ATV-friendly states as well. The invention of the ATV is what made a good number of Americans interested in hunting anyway.
 

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I see it differently. By limiting atv usage on public land, it preserves the area and keeps it pristine, allowing for undisturbed areas. ATVs allow people to encroach on any area of the property, often creating trails while destroying habitat.
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I am one that likes to hunt as far away from people as possible, some people with physical limitations need them and I have no problem with that.

But, there’s a whole bunch of people that take the way too easy way.

Oh, I forgot…. paging oklahomabassin! Can’t wait to see what pic you’ve got for this one. 🤣🤣
 

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I don't think it would be feasible at all, those deer would hear any 4 wheeler by the time it got within 1/4 mile & they would run away & hide.
ATV's seem to work so well in former Confederate states to carry successful deer hunters about the woods. Not too many years ago, I saw a bunch of ATV deer hunts in the South as in Georgia and the Carolinas. I can't seem to find one of those videos now. While doing a YouTube search with "atv deer hunting in the south", I found this to make it easier to load a big buck when a human body (uuhm, buddy) is not around to borrow (uhmm, lend) you a helping hand:



Now, on the horizon, there are these quiet/electric/plug-in rechargeable ATVs:



I don't think they are yet priced for the average working stiff weekend deer hunter though.
 

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