ATVs are no strangers to hunters. They’re a great way to get around in challenging forest and swamp terrains, after all. Different hunters, though, have different needs, so many folks tweak their ATVs to properly equip it for the job they’re planning. To save those folks from the hassle, Polaris has been customizing their own ATVs for very specific tasks. Take the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Waterfowl Edition, a specially-equipped ATV designed for duck hunting.
Designed for riding through marshes, shallow bays, and river backwaters, the ATV allows you to not just ride over puddles and mud, but even straight through the water. No, it’s not a submersible, so you can’t quite cross deep bodies of water, but it should let you drive through many freshwater areas that other ATVs aren’t going to be able to handle.
The Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Waterfowl Edition is based, of course, on a standard Ranger XP, so it has the same 999cc four-stroke engine putting out 82 horsepower and 62 pound-feet of torque, complete with true on-demand AWD to give you instant traction in sticky situations. It also gets the same 14 inches of ground clearance and 10 inches of suspension travel front and rear for driving across challenging terrains, while a fully-covered front bumper and full-body skid plate protects it from all potentially damaging obstacles in its path. Basically, this is one powerful ATV that you can use for general-purpose off-road driving. Except, of course, it’s designed to do its best work when duck season comes around.
The body, for instance, gets a special camo pattern to help it blend better with the marsh grasses commonly found in waterfowl environments, as well as high-output LED headlights that deliver 90 percent more brightness than halogens, making them ideal for creating decoy sunlight before the sun rises. It also comes with high-mount intakes, so it can drive across flooded areas while still getting clean air into the engine, along with a sealed winch and electrical components to provide protection from water intrusion.
The Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Waterfowl Edition uses arched A-arm suspensions for better navigating logs and rocks you encounter along the way, as well as 29-inch Mud XC tires for crawling over rough patches of marshland. Basically, this has been rigged for better driving across the places where duck and geese abound. It has a cargo bed in the back that can haul a whopping 1,000 pounds of gear, along with 13.5 gallons of interior storage and under-the-seat compartments. According to the outfit, it can carry a total payload of 1,500 pounds, so you can haul a lot of gear (and ducks) on this thing, even with a hunting partner in the passenger seat, along with 4,500 pounds of towing power to let you bring even more stuff.
Inside, it gets a 4-inch information display with dual-sweep analog dials for tactile control, an adjustable driver seat, and premium accents. Other features include a geared reverse transmission for added strength when riding in mud, electronic power steering, and tilt steering.
The Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Waterfowl Edition is available now, priced at $20,199.