ATVs and UTVs are great for doing work on farms and getting around hunting properties, and there are quite a few cool ATV/UTV accessories out there that make hunting and farming even more efficient. From winches and hay attachments to racks and power-loaders, we’ve rounded up 10 must-have ATV/UTV accessories for hunting and farming.
ATVs and UTVs are valuable tools and methods of transportation for any outdoorsmen. Whether you’re maintaining and managing a farm, or hauling out your hunting game, there are so many ATV/UTV accessories and attachments to make your job easier.
Before we get into the fun stuff, let’s take a look at what accessories you need to safely ride an ATV/UTV.
ATV/UTV safety gear
If you’re headed out hunting or farming, chances are you’re already wearing the proper riding attire. Just in case you were thinking about going hunting or farming in a T-shirt and shorts, we want to remind you that it’s recommended that riders wear long sleeves, long pants, and over-the-ankle boots for safety. It doesn’t hurt to have gloves either!
Depending on the extent of your hunting trip or farming duties, there are a few more safety gear items that you should keep handy.
- Goggles: Depending on what your property looks like and what you’re doing, you might want a pair of goggles. A simple pair of goggles can protect your eyes from wind, rocks, dirt, dust, branches, bugs, and anything else that may come your way.
- Toolkits: Everyone needs a simple toolkit to help them when they are in a bind. Toolkits should have a few basic items like a Swiss Army knife, duct tape, a trail map, a tire pressure gauge, a multifunctional screwdriver, wrenches, and more. Other items can include a vise grip, an air pump, tire plugs, a first-aid kit, and anything else to help you get back up and get the job done.
We can’t get away with talking about ATVs and UTVs (especially safety) without mentioning good old-fashioned helmets! No matter the job or activity, we always recommend protecting your head with a helmet. There are multiple types of helmets available depending on your needs and style. Helmets should not only be comfortable and durable with the proper fit, but they should also be approved by the Department of Transportation, and in some cases, certified by SNELL.
Now let’s get into what you’re really here for: the best ATV/UTV accessories for farming and hunting!
5 ATV/UTV accessories for farming
ATVs and UTVs are great for doing work on farms, but because they are much lighter than traditional farming tractors, using them to push, pull, carry, and haul can cause some limitations.
Before you get to thinking about adding attachments to your ATV or UTV, make sure that it’s up for the job. Most ATVs/UTVs need at least a 400 cc engine, and it doesn’t hurt to have four-wheel drive to give you more traction as you work, either. If you’re curious about whether you need an ATV or a UTV, visit our guide on choosing the right vehicle for you.
Pro tip: Air-cooled engines are not suitable for working under a load at low speeds. External oil coolers are recommended for engine cooling.
- ATV winch: Every utility ATV should have a winch. Winches help to exert a force that pulls one object toward another using a cable or rope and are best used to get yourself out of sticky situations (sometimes literally). For example, you can attach a winch to a tree or some fencing (if sturdy) and get yourself unstuck rather than calling a friend and waiting for them to come to help tow you out. Winches are priced at about $100 to more than $200 with a mounting plate. Keep in mind that sometimes you’ll need to go to the ATV/UTV manufacturer to see if you need a special bracket or mounting plate for some winches.
- Hay attachments: Did you know that a quad can easily lift and move a 1,000-pound bale of hay on a two-wheel hay dolly?! Stop the manual labor and make your life easier! Get a less expensive unit with a hand winch to lift the bale or invest in a powered-lift with an electric winch. Either way, the quick and maneuverable ATV/UTV hay dolly might be your go-to hay-mover going forward (even if you have a full-sized tractor!). Hay dollies cost about $100 to $300.
- Auger: There are several options for drilling holes in the ground, and an auger attachment is one of them. The simplest one is a bracket that holds a one-person, gas-powered earth auger and lowers it straight into the ground with a winch. Drilling holes with an auger attachment is especially great because of the stability of ATVs/UTVs, but you can also disconnect it and use it manually if you’d prefer. Auger diameters range from three to 12 inches (the larger ones may not do well in hard or rocky soil) and run around $300 to $400.
- Cultivator: Cultivators are great for prepping soil and creating evenly spaced rows. Get a cultivator attachment for your ATV/UTV or pull an old-fashioned, walk-behind cultivator for ease. Remember, equipment designed for ATVs is much faster and more efficient, but much more expensive at $200 to $300.
- Pasture and woodlot attachments: Have a lot of land to cover and maintain? Mowing, brush clearing, and heavy lifting can easily be done with some ATV/UTV attachments. Drag harrows, weed wipes, and other attachments are about $100 to more than $300.
Other ATV/UTV accessories for farming include a receiver hitch, which is a versatile attachment that is either welded or bolted to the frame so that the quad can pull without causing any damage. Tire chains are also great for working on dirt. They are available in nearly every tire size, come in a variety of patterns, and are relatively inexpensive.
5 ATV/UTV accessories for hunting
- ATV racks and baskets: Racks and baskets are great for easily (and safely) transporting your firearms and supplies, as you head out to the stand. Racks and baskets run around $50 to more than $100 depending on what you get.
- Camo ATV cover: Many areas don’t allow any ATVs off-trail except to retrieve game, which means you’re going to have to leave your ATV behind in order to get to your tree stand. To protect your ATV, pay the $20 to $50, and help conceal it with a camouflage ATV cover.
- Power-loader: Load big game in your ATV/UTV without picking up a pound! With the help of your ATV winch, the power-loader can do the work of two or three men regardless of their age! Easily load and carry your tree stand, big game, and more. Power-loader attachments cost around $300 to $400.
- ATV backpacker trailer: When hunting big game such as elk or moose, the ATV backpacker trailer is a hunter’s best friend. It even has a unique drop-down design, which makes it easy to load up your game. For $100 to $200, you can even use the trailer year-round for hauling your camping gear to those remote backcountry campsites, which makes this accessory a no-brainer.
- GPS units: GPS units are also great for scouting your hunting area and marking your coordinates. It’s also easy to get lost out there, so it might not be a bad idea to invest in one. They can run you anywhere from $100 to more than $200 depending on what you get and what features you’re looking for.
Other ATV/UTV accessories for hunting include: windshields, winches, luggage and bags, gun boot mounts, extra headlights, and more.
There are so many ATV/UTV accessories for hunting and farming. Put your ATV/UTV to work for you, invest in some of these accessories, and make your job even easier!
If you’re looking to purchase a new or used ATV or side by side, you should take advantage of the Progressive Outdoor Vehicle Buying Program, which provides special savings on every brand. The program also provides special savings on accessories, gear, parts, service, and more. And make sure to take advantage of any available manufacturer incentives, since brands like Polaris and Can-Am often have attractive cash offers for customers.
As you can see, getting all the bells and whistles can really add up, so start with a few attachments and see how they work for you—we’re confident they’ll make your next hunting trip and farming chores a breeze.