When you grow up country, you find yourself with a need to get creative in terms of how to entertain yourself. You might not have all the luxuries of living in a downtown metropolis, and so you have to find unique ways to keep yourself occupied and challenged. A lot of times these activities stem from boredom and a fearless approach to getting seriously dirty. I’m sure that’s how mud bogging got started. Unsure what that is? Let me fill you in.
There are some things you should know if you are trying to understand this sport. The first being that yes, it is considered a sport to those who participate in it. Another thing being what all is involved in a typical mud bogging experience. I will briefly touch on set ups and how to optimize your mud pit and “mudder” (your vehicle you take to the mud bog).
As was earlier stated, mud bogging is a year round sport in some areas of the country. Obviously winter weather could be a hindrance to the production of mud and therefore northern states make it a more seasonal affair. But there are many different mud bogs throughout a given year in which those who like to get some mud on their tires can get out there and prove who has the best means to tear through the mud.
Mud bogging requires two things: powerful engines and a pit of mud. This mud usually forms a long trench for the off road trucks to try and pass through. The trenches range from anywhere from 1/8 of a mile to a mile, judging on where the bogging is actually taking place and how many people are coming out to watch it. If you have ever lived in the country enough to know what mud bogging is, you certainly know that it’s as popular of a spectator sport as it is a competitive one.
Winning a mud bog is usually as simple as getting through the trench. Very often, few engines can pull their respective vehicles through the trench to the other side. Well, without getting help that is. If you get stuck, that’s it. If everyone gets stuck, the driver who made it the farthest takes first place. If more than one person makes it out of the other side without assistance, the driver who accomplished this with the best time takes top spot.
You need to have a vehicle that can handle these elements if one hopes to compete, let alone win, at a typical mud bog. This means you should have a powerful engine that can keep on chugging, even when its being worked far past its routine capacity. Many participants will stress the importance of jacking up your mudder and throwing on some big tires. Making a semi-monster truck to get you easily across. Basically, cars will rarely make it and so you need to stick with jeeps and trucks.
Mud bogging is usually only competing for bragging rights, and every once and a while a wager or community pool taken among the racers and spectators. This keeps the sport grounded and still fairly wholesome.
Mud bogging may never be as big as football, but it has certainly cemented a place for itself among outdoor gamers. It could be the slinging mud or the roar of the engines, whatever it is, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
Sometimes when you grow up in the country, you have to be creative when it comes to entertainment. This pasttime is better known as mud bogging to those who do it. Mud bogging may never be as well known as football, but it has cemented a place for itself among outdoor enthusiasts.