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I'll second Geo Newburn's recommendation of an electric UTV. I have a Bad Boy Buggy Ambush which is a hybrid, gas and electric. Mine has electric front drive and gas rear. It will run on either individually or both together. It has locking differential both front and rear so if you need 4 wheels locked and driving you got it. I have used it for quail hunting behind dogs, deer and pig hunting. When you don't need the quite anymore you can switch to gas power and recharge your batteries. I'm not sure if they are made anymore but I love mine. Polaris makes a 72 Volt all electric which is great. I seriously consided it but hunt in long distance remote areas and feared dead batteries.
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A buddy just dropped 30 large on a Polaris.
As mentioned previously everything is an option. Shoot, I’m too cheap to buy a rear view mirror for mine! 😀

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Thanks gentlemen, lots of good info here. I will expand my search beyond Honda and take my time.


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One of the places I hunt ducks in AR has several UTVs for going into and out of the flooded fields where the blinds are. They have only Honda Pioneers for the reason the axles are submerged in water and mud for hundreds of yards each day. They told me that no other brand of UTV has seals that hold up to the water and mud as well as the ones on the Honda. The Polaris eats drive belts, when run constantly in the water and mud, they told me. Honda's don't have a belt drive. Most people don't need the high degree of "waterproofness" of the Honda's axle seals, but I just thought it was interesting.


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Originally Posted by John Roberts
Originally Posted by 28 gauge shooter
I have the Kawasaki mule for the past 4 years, it’s maintenance free and does what we ask of it. However, if your of off the beaten path in rough conditions, it will beat you to death and you’ll need to lock the differential in 99% of the time if it’s muddy and a little steep. Or your not going anywhere. The mules top speed is around 25mph if that matters. It is a workhorse in terms of towing and hauling.
Rich

You've got the old version that has long been superseded, and everything you wrote is true. No comparison between it and the new Pro FXT.
JR

I need to go and check the newer model may be time to trade up!

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One of the reasons I looked at Honda first, besides the name, was the transmission. Turns out the CVT and belts issue is really not an issue for most people in real life. If you are sensible in how you use it anyways. Water entry is usually through breather or vent tubes. First thing I do on all my trucks is put a breather extension on the diffs.

Polaris makes a special edition for waterfowl hunters the Hi Lifter. Many waterfowl guides use them.

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You can get extensions for the CVT air intake snorkels if you think you are going really deep

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I downloaded the service manual for the Hi Lifter and extended my vent lines to the same locations as the Hi Lifter. No need for snorkels if I keep my head on my shoulders, when I was younger much younger with my FJ55 Iron pig it was more like hold my beer and watch this. Now not so much. While I carry more than a 100 pounds of recovery gear including a chainsaw my goal in life now is to NOT need to use any of it laugh

Here beaver dams or is that damn beavers? cause a lot of water crossing issues. I get the Toller out and throw a stick for him to check the water deepness if I have any doubts.

Dog is starting to think he is part beaver by now.

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Swimming hard and did pretty much the whole way out. With a fairly strong current in the middle.

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Hard pass on that one there are other places to hunt. And the BWCA Wilderness starts just on the other side of the rise anyhow.

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that place is made for an ARGO. Looks like the "road ' out to our duck blinds. we have a couple at our camp and they go anywhere. one has a small transom on the back for crossing larger creeks they will cross with just the tracks but are slow. worth starting the motor if deep enough.

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