|Posted on November 3, 2015 at 7:15 PM|
Hiking During Hunting Season: Ways To Stay Safe - Mountain Matron
I have some really amazing adventurers on my Twitter feed and last night I stumbled on Missouri Howell (@MissouriHowell) co-hosting the Gear Me Out (#GearMeOut) chat with Ultimate Survival Technologies (@UST_Survival). This chat happens weekly, on Mondays at 8 p.m. eastern time.
The Topic “Avoiding the Scope: Hiking During Hunting Season”
Previously, because I don't hunt, it hadn’t even crossed my mind to be aware or knowledgeable of hunting season. I’m oblivious to a Hunter’s routine, and honestly always thought hunting was done at night. I’m not sure how or why I thought this, but I hope you don’t hold my ignorance of hunting against me. I quickly learned by joining in on this chat, that’s not the case at all, and in different regions you may have a much higher need to understand the areas in which hunters are legally permitted to hunt.
As a prepared hiker always making sure I research the area I plan to hike, last year I found that some Maricopa County Parks here in Arizona have boundaries for which hunting is permitted. You can bet I looked over those boundaries pretty closely as a precaution, but because I believed hunting was done at night, I don’t know that I would necessarily take much precaution with that information while on the trail. I don’t spend a lot of time in the County Parks, but because I spend any time, it’s important to be informed. Do you know where hunting is permitted or prohibited in your region?
After learning more during last night’s chat I found that as a hiker who loves early morning trailhead arrivals in search of seclusion, I should definitely be more mindful about knowing not only the season for permitted hunting, but also how we as hikers can protect ourselves while in the wilderness.
I plan to share some of the advice given out last night by those that are much more knowledgeable of things we can do to be diligent about our safety on the trails during hunting season.
1) Let’s start with the obvious: Wear Brightly Colored Clothes (orange is highly preferred!)
2) Make human-like noises while hiking within hunting boundaries (some suggested simple conversation while others suggested singing aloud or bells on your backpack)
3) Hike opposite of Hunter’s hours (mid-day day hiking was suggested but talk with your region’s authorities to confirm)
4) Hike where hunting is prohibited (suggestions included State Parks & National Parks)
5) Protect your fur babies! (A bright orange vest is HIGHLY suggested)
For the Arizona community we wanted to go a step further and offer a link to our state resource for hunting season, regions, or any questions you may have. -- azgfd.com/hunting/regulations
Be diligent in the safety of yourself and those that travel the trails with you. Check your region’s permitted hunting areas, know the hunting seasons, regulated boundaries and avoid permitted areas if you’re ever uncertain.
Do you have some advice you’d offer? Do you have better ways of protecting yourself during the hunting season? We want to hear about them in the comments below!
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