If you’ve ever gone out on a hunt in the middle of nowhere and wounded a big buck that you had to track even further into the densely covered forests, you know the importance of having one of these top 3 UTVs for getting to the hunt. If you can drive to your location, instead of parking your truck on the side of the road, you won’t have to carry or drag your prize back to civilization. Here is our top 3 picks:
John Deere Gator RSX850i
One of the most trusted name in field equipmenet, John Deere produces a wide range of all terrain vehicles for getting around large properties. For a recreational UTV that can get you to the hunt it offers the John Deere Gator RSX850i. They come in four different styles. There’s the standard model, sport for rock and sandy terrain, trail for the backcountry ideal for hunters and midnight black special edition all starting at $12,000 MSRP.
Arctic Cat Prowler 700 HDX
The Arctic Cat Prowler is a capable off-road machine comes with everything you need to get out to the hunt in comfort. Retailing for just under $14,000, it comes standard with a 695 cc single over head cam 4-stroke engine. Both the front and independent rear suspension allow for 10 inches of travel, for even the roughest terrain. To help aid in comfort and ease of driving, it has electronic power steering, an automatic transmission, hydraulic disc brakes and the ability to select 2 or 4 wheel drive. It is also able to carry 1,000 lbs in the back.
Polaris Ranger 570
The Polaris Ranger 570 is the only UTV on our list that retails for under $10,000, and is still quite capable with its true AWD and 567 cc 4-stroke engine. The front suspension allows for 9 inches of travel, while the rear allows for 10 inches. This vehicle is capable of carrying a 1,000 lb payload, and holds 9 gallons of fuel. The braking system is a 4-wheel hydraulic disc, for extra stopping power.
This utility vehicle comes with a 783 cc V-twin engine with enough room to seat four people. Unfortunately, this extra passenger room comes with the price of only being able to carry an extra 250 lbs in the cargo bed. The front suspension travels 8 inches, while the independent rear travels 8.3 inches. For ease of driving, this off-road machine comes with power steering, hydraulic disc brakes with two piston calipers and a continuously variable belt driven transmission. You’d be paying an MSRP of $16,299 for this UTV with two extra seats.
Sometimes, just getting to the hunt is half of the battle. And, when the unfortunate happens, and you just wound your deer, you need to track it through the woods to make sure it wasn’t all for naught. Having a capable 4-wheel drive utility vehicle out in the woods could wind up saving you a huge headache.