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#1 Kellermeister

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Posted 27 October 2018 - 08:20 AM

I am going backpacking in a National Forest. This is the kind of trail where you just find a camp anywhere where it is flat and open. It is bow season. I don't want to disturb hunters. I will be on a fairly popular backpacking trail so there will be other hikers. I have seen hunters there before. How do I not annoy hunters?
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 08:22 AM

You have as much of a right to be there as they do. Just stick to the trail, wear some orange and don't wear your antlers hat.
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 08:34 AM

You certainly have a right to be there. That said, there's parks and forests and such that don't allow hunting. Go there and don't feck up someones hunt.
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 09:36 AM

I am going backpacking in a National Forest. This is the kind of trail where you just find a camp anywhere where it is flat and open. It is bow season. I don't want to disturb hunters. I will be on a fairly popular backpacking trail so there will be other hikers. I have seen hunters there before. How do I not annoy hunters?

stay home.  go to a campground.  hotel with indoor pool. 

 

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You certainly have a right to be there. That said, there's parks and forests and such that don't allow hunting. Go there and don't feck up someones hunt.

and this.  remember, they have weapons, you likely don't.  :P


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Posted 27 October 2018 - 09:53 AM

You have as much of a right to be there as they do. Just stick to the trail, wear some orange and don't wear your antlers hat.

This. Plus, Im sure they’re out there, but I dont know any bow hunters that would set up near a popular backpacking trail.
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 10:02 AM

Hunters here can only hunt in a Wildlife Management Area. I have never heard of a hiker that wanted to walk through trails during hunting season. No offense to hunters, but there are some people in the Wal*Mart hunting section that I don't want to be around in the woods.

Public land hunting that is.
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 10:13 AM

If you’re on established backpacking trails then no issues at all. As others have said most hunters aren’t setting near these trails
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 10:30 AM

I'm not a hunter but I don't think hunting is allowed in national forests around here. Certainly never noticed anything close to hunting around where i hike.
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 10:59 AM

I'm not a hunter but I don't think hunting is allowed in national forests around here. Certainly never noticed anything close to hunting around where i hike.

All National Forests around here are open for hunting, but then again much of the Northwest is National Forest land, I imagine most National Forests in your area a lot smaller than the ones out here.  My home county is nearly 2/3s National Forest land.


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Posted 27 October 2018 - 11:04 AM

You have as much of a right to be there as they do. Just stick to the trail, wear some orange and don't wear your antlers hat.

on public land wearing orange from September to January is solid advice


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Posted 27 October 2018 - 11:15 AM

This thread made me curious about National Parks, which I plan to hike one I've never been to before. We're not going real deep into the woods but there are both black bears and wild boars there. Big South Fork National Park does indeed allow hunting. I'll be sure to factor that in tomorrow. 

 

Big South Fork is one of only a few National Park Service units legislated to allow hunting. Big game species found within the park are whitetail deer, turkey and wild boar. In addition, the area is rich in small game species, such as squirrel, raccoon, rabbit, and game birds.

 

https://www.nps.gov/...sit/hunting.htm


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Posted 27 October 2018 - 11:29 AM

The Huron-Manistee National Forest is open for hunting as well. 

 

Sticking to the trails should be low-impact enough to not bother any hunters. There are guys that will put stands right along the hiking trails, but they should expect hikers when doing so, especially during bow season. 


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Posted 27 October 2018 - 11:37 AM

I guess i'm wrong, hunting is allowed in the white mountain national forest.
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 11:38 AM

I think it’s allowed in Nicolet as well, not 100% tho
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 01:36 PM

I will be in the Manistee NF. I know I have a right to be there, I am looking for how to be courteous.
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 01:40 PM

I will be in the Manistee NF. I know I have a right to be there, I am looking for how to be courteous.

Standard LNT etiquette should be fine.
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 01:42 PM

I will be in the Manistee NF. I know I have a right to be there, I am looking for how to be courteous.

just try not to interfere with anyone hunting, wear orange if you have it, enjoy the trails


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