hunters and hikers meet
Protecting the environment requires safe and competent stewardship
. Hunting, fishing and trapping herds with high populations is part of that responsible stewardship. Generally, hunting is not conducted year-round, particularly on public lands. But Autumn and early Spring are two primarly times when hunting is likely to take place. Which is now. It's hunting season in Connecticut
. With that in
mind non-hunting hikers and birdwatchers need to think about the proper way to walk about the woods
this time of year. Seasons for different game vary but info on their duration is easily obtained from the CT Department of Environmental Conservation
[your state or province has similar sites to check on this info
Blaze Orange is required for hunters to wear, optional for others, but lets face it, practical and sound for all during hunting season. A close look at the pix on the right has two people in it. Find the second.
We're all entitled to enjoy the wilderness around us. Being able to share that wilderness safely helps keep the social contract we have with one another. Think about how you dress while in the woods.
The Connecticut Parks & Forest Association publishes guidelines on hiking during this time of year
1. Hikers should consider wearing fluorescent orange or other bright colors. DO NOT WEAR white, gray, brown or tan.
2. You should not hike alone , but if you do, let someone know where you will be and when you plan on returning.
3. If you bring along your dog, protect them with fluorescent orange collars or vests with bells attached. If your dog has a habit of wandering off the trail, it would be best to leash them up during gun, bow and trapping seasons.
4. If you find a dead animal or notice one that is acting abnormally for its species, avoid all contact with it.
5. If you see a hunter in a blind or tree stand, call out to them to alert them to your presence immediately. There are rare occasions when a hunter gets a bit testy with a perceived interference of his opportunities, or visa versa when hunter harassment does occur from anti-hunting community. Give each situation plenty of room, and if you feel threatened by another's actions call 1-800-842-HELP (4357) and leave a message for the dispatchers.