Hiking During Hunting Season

If you spend a lot of time in the outdoors then you probably know it’s deer hunting season in most places in the United States. This makes hiking in remote areas extremely dangerous if you don’t take precautions. No hikers likes being forced off their favorite trails, especially when the weather is cooling down and there is still some fall foliage left, but the truth is hikers have to share the forest. Let’s take a look at some precautions hikers can take to avoid getting shot (ouch!)

1. Wear a blaze orange hat or vest
Deer blend into their surroundings. People with hiking clothes sometimes blend into their surroundings. Anything with a bright blaze orange hat/vest will stick out like a sore thumb. Blaze orange is the standard “don’t shoot me” color. Wear it and you’ll be fine.

2. Move from national forests to national parks
Hunting is not allowed in US National Parks. If you live close to one, take your hiking from a national or state forest to a National Park — it might be more crowded, but you know you’re safe.

3. Stick to the trail
If you’re set on hiking in an area where there could be hunters, be sure you stay on designated hiking trails. Don’t go bushwhacking.

If you’re unsure of the hunting rules in your favorite hiking spots, visit your states Department of Fish and Game. There you’ll be able to find all the laws and designated hunting times/locations.

Hike Safe!

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