Last Saturday I was was way out in the middle of Idaho backcountry, bear hunting. I drove 100 miles from my house and was about 20 miles past Elk River, ID (pop. 136). I drove my truck as far as I could go and then got out and started scouting for sign. I found a very fresh set of medium-size bear tracks headed along an old logging trail, so I decided to follow. I tracked the bear for about 3 miles, up and down the mountain. Every so often, the bear would stop and turn around and face my direction, so I was hopeful that I wasn't too far behind. Finally, after hours of stalking around every corner, I saw his tracks leave the road and head down through the trees to a small meadow and a pond. Figuring I would find him near the water, I started the painstaking process of inching my way towards the small clearing. About 15 minutes and about 10 feet later, I heard motors approaching. About a minute later, two fat guys go roaring by on four wheelers as I heard a crashing through the brush down in the clearing. I was not pleased;I . The rest of the day, I would try to find the most remote road and get out at the end of it and do some still hunting, sure enough, I would eventually hear and see four-wheelers roaring nearby. I have no respect for people that hunt off of a four-wheeler. It's lazy, sloppy, and takes about 90% of the challenge out of hunting. However, if someone has a medical condition that limits them to a four wheeler, then I understand. If you use an ATV to get to your tree stand, favorite hunting spot, or to drag game out, then that's okay. I actually have considered buying one just because I'm getting fatter and out of shape and have begun to avoid hunting in areas where packing an elk out by myself would be too tough. But if you just ride along the roads all day, knowing that eventually you're going to see something and will get a shot off at a fleeing animal, then please, get another hobby. Your noisy ATV is spooking the game for the rest of us. As for me, I just got permission to hunt some private land about 15 minutes from my house. The owner said no ATVs are allowed. Sounds good to me. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!