The Polaris Ranger is my official hunting vehicle. Since I live so close to the mountains I can just load up the dogs and head for the hills. Lately I have been letting Annie ride in the bed with a short leash tied so she can’t fall out. The shorthairs still ride in the kennel box bungy corded to one side of the bed of my ranger. Annie loves to poke her head through the back window and see where we’re going. It’s pretty funny and my kids love to be able to reach up and scratch her ears. Annie seems to be more people oriented and wants very much to be involved in whatever I’m doing. The two german shorthairs don’t really care about people they just want to get out and run. It is interesting to raise the two pointing breeds together and to see the differences in their personalities.
The past few weeks have found us covered in a solid layer of white stuff. Winter can seem depressing when the sun is gone for days at a time. I find it refreshing to actually have a Winter after moving here from the Southwest where the snows rarely fell. This morning we were able to get the sidewalks shoveled of fresh snow and take the dogs up for a romp in the hills. We were thrilled to be the first set of tracks in the new snow. Max always loves to ride in the Polaris Ranger with me to run the dogs. He tells his Mom we are “goin up a mountain, shoot a Deers”. He loves to be outside so I can rarely sneak outside without him by my side. We have been seeing Mule Deer nearly every day now as the weather pushes them down into the valley for food and water. The dogs are learning not to chase the Deer and the training is going very well.
The parts came in today for my new Polaris Ranger XP. I had ordered the front and rear windshields as well as the molded plastic roof. I chose to buy the lock-n-ride Polaris brand accessories and was very pleased with the fit and finish. Installation was pretty easy and took less than an hour to install all three parts. It went especially smooth since my good friend John helped me, he has the same accessories on his ranger. The kids were very excited about the roof to keep the rain out. The tool racks were my favorite accessory. For only $349 I got the lock-n-ride accessory mount for the bed rails, the garden tools rack and the lockable weed wacker rack. The tool rack comes off very easily by simply removing two clips. Since I will be using my Ranger for a variety of things I am quite pleased with the versatility that all the accessories provide. Two thumbs way up for the Polaris Ranger and the hundreds of aftermarket parts available for it.
My wife finally gave in and let me purchase a new Polaris Ranger XP. It is a great utility vehicle for training dogs, doing yardwork or just heading into the mountains. I have ordered a front and rear windshield as well as a molded roof to keep the bugs out of my teeth and the sun off my head. I was wanting to get a Yamaha Rhino 660 but after several outings with my buddy in his Polaris Ranger there was no question as to what would work best for me. The ample storage compartments were a big plus for me since I am an old boy scout who likes to be prepared. You can fit two large kennel boxes in the bed which means you can haul up to four dogs, three grown men, plus all their gear for a day/weekend of hunting or camping in the mountains. It should be great for going fishing as well. The three seatbelts is a big plus for me as well as the EFI which I am told is essential at high altitudes. I cant’s wait to load up the dogs and go get my new ride muddy.