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Hiking During Hunting Season! Be Aware and Be Visible

31/10/17
Recommendations from the Bruce Trail Association

Due to the potential risks involved in hiking during the fall hunting season, the Bruce Trail Conservancy strongly advises that hiking in the Blue Mountains, Beaver Valley, Sydenham and Peninsula Club sections of the Bruce Trail be undertaken with caution during November and December. Skinners Bluff_410

 

6 Tips for Hiking During Hunting Season:

  1. Be aware: Understand that hunting is taking place. Know the seasons, dates, locations.
  2. Be visible: Wear hunter orange or another bright colour (as a hat, vest, scarf) and avoid beige, brown, white, red or green clothing.
  3. Make some noise: Talk, whistle, and generally let your presence be known.
  4. Keep your pet on a leash and use a bright vest, collar or leash to make your pet more visible.
  5. Avoid hiking at dawn and dusk, and anytime visibility is limited.
  6. Stick to established trails.

 

Hunting Season Dates:

Hunting season dates in Ontario vary depending on the area, the type of game, and even the type of hunting equipment used. Large-game hunting [deer, bear, moose] takes place along some sections of the Bruce Trail from about October to January each year.

More detailed information about hunting in Ontario, including locations and dates, is available from the Ministry of Natural Resources at:

http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/FW/2ColumnSubPage/291144.html


 

More resources on hiking during hunting season:


http://brucetrail.org/pages/safety/hiking-during-hunting-season

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