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Use off-road vehicles on designated trails, such as this one at the Jimmy Bryan 4-H Youth Complex in West Point, Mississippi, to reduce negative impacts on the environment. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Leslie Burger)
September 9, 2016 - Filed Under: ATV Safety, Wildlife

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Speeding along a wooded trail on a bright, chilly morning can bring a lot of enjoyment and excitement. And it sure is a lot easier getting to that back-country deer blind or dove field if you can load up all the gear and head off on wheels.

But the off-road vehicle you may be riding -- whether a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle, side-by-side utility vehicle or dirt bike -- has some downsides. While undeniably fun and useful in transportation, an off-road vehicle can also be an environmental hazard and personal nuisance when used incorrectly.  

Brandy Barnes, a member of the Mississippi State University Extension Service Hinds County 4-H, prepares for shooting sports practice in Byram on Feb. 29, 2016. She earned one of four spots on the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship team and will compete in the .22-caliber rifle division in Grand Island, Nebraska, June 26-July 1, 2016. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Susan Collins-Smith)
April 5, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H, Shooting Sports

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Brandy Barnes’ excitement is building, but she keeps a cool head at the firing range.

In the summer of 2015, the 17-year-old Hinds County 4-H member scored among the top five .22-caliber rifle participants at the state shooting sports competition. The accomplishment earned her a spot at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship set for June 26 to July1, 2016, in Grand Island, Nebraska.

“It’s really starting to hit me now,” said Barnes. “I’m very excited.”

Attending safety courses about all-terrain vehicles can provide drivers with experience in handling all types of situations. (File photo/MSU Ag Communications)
May 29, 2015 - Filed Under: 4-H Safety Programs, Farm Safety, Family, ATV Safety

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Riding all-terrain vehicles is a fun adventure until tragedy strikes, but simple practices can keep riders safe.

Jesse Wilson, a high school senior from Lowndes County, has firsthand experience with an ATV disaster. Wilson was driving up a steep ditch when his ATV fell back on top of him because of excess weight on the back of the vehicle. He was not wearing any safety gear at the time. Wilson broke his shoulder because of this accident, and had to have surgery.

May 14, 2015 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Projects, Farm Safety, 4-H Safety Programs, ATV Safety

WEST POINT, Miss. -- Young Mississippians eager to complete the safety course required for operating all-terrain vehicles on public lands can sign up for free classes offered during ATV Safety Week, June 6-14.

Parker Simpson of Choctaw County, left, talks with all-terrain vehicle safety instructor Brad Staton about the proper gear to wear while riding an ATV, including a helmet, eye protection and gloves. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Keri Collins Lewis)
June 12, 2014 - Filed Under: Youth Projects, 4-H Safety Programs, ATV Safety

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is taking steps to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities involving all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs.

Larry Alexander, 4-H youth development specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said national ATV Safety Week, June 8-15, is the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of properly using these powerful vehicles.

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