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nov 2018 cover story I wanted oversize tires, but not large, knobby mud- type ATV tires. Bigger tires with more tread would be good for woods traction, but mud tires wear quickly when used on hard roads. I knew the cart would be used on roads around my house during the hunting off-season, so mine has four oversize, deep-tread lawn-tractor tires. I also had the golf bag racks removed on the rear of the cart, installing a heavy-duty metal frame cargo carrier. A better choice would have been a “flip seat,” which is a large, rear seat that’s great for passengers. But when “flipped” over, it becomes a rugged, large cargo rack ideal for toting tree stands and other woods gear. A “flip seat” makes a hunting cart more versatile. My cart also has a true “lift,” raising the chassis a full 4 inches higher than standard carts for more clearance in the woods. This has been handy in running the vehicle over logs and stumps, across creeks, etc. A backup “beep” is a common safety feature on most golf carts, but should be disconnected for si- lent hunting. My hunting cart does not have head- lights or taillights, but they can be added for about $100, or a kit can be purchased and installed on your own for less. Thus far my cart is everything and more that I wanted for a fast, quiet, hunting vehicle. In fact, the first weekend I had the cart I was scouting with it along a gas line on our hunt property. I was checking a few deer trails and crossings, and when I topped a high hill, standing in the gas line feeding were a pair of deer about 100 yards away. I stopped, checked them in my rifle scope, as they fed oblivious that I’d just driven upon them. One of the deer was a 15-inch, 8-pointer, which I quickly collected with my .270. I’m still amazed at how powerful a golf cart is climbing off-road hills and toting a remarkable amount of hunting gear and people. I’ve left the roof on my cart, but removing it is not difficult, and will make a hunting cart more garage friendly plus easier to maneuver around low-canopy woods. Maintenance has been virtually free — just keep the batteries filled with water and charge when needed. Charging is easy, and an entire weekend of hunting is possible out of one full charge. But when in doubt, charge the vehicle. A golf cart weighs about 1,000 pounds, and it is not easily pushed around, unlike an ATV. Even loading a golf cart into a low trailer is difficult using people pow- er. So keep the batteries “hot.” Also, because of their battery weight, a golf cart should be loaded rear first onto a trailer, which keeps swaying to a minimum while highway towing. While there are still some things a gas-powered ATV can do that a modified golf cart can’t, for much hunting a golf cart is the way to go. Photo: A sampling of some of Great Day, Inc’s golf cart accessories product line. For more information and ordering visit 6 WWW.GOLFCAROPTIONS.COM