Hunting Season Safety Tips

9:41 a.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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This thread is for comments on the article "Hunting Season Safety Tips"

A little extra caution is prudent if you plan on hiking, running, paddling or biking through natural areas where hunters are likely to be present.

Full article at http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2011/11/02/hunting-season-safety.html

10:23 a.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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I took this mid-trail(my stomping grounds around here.)

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For anyone that is planning a trip here in Pa., here is a link to the list of hunting seasons here:

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=576240&mode=2
 

Very good article Philip. Its most certainly something that anyone hitting the trail should be very well aware of. 

11:02 a.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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Great article philip!  I like a day-glo orange pack cover myself, combined with an orange knit cap for 360-degree visibility. During my last hike on the AT, I noticed, not surprisingly, that I was most likely to encounter hunters on the weekends.

12:40 p.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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Rick-Pittsburgh said:

I took this mid-trail(on my stomping grounds around here.)

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For anyone that is planning a trip to Pa., here is a link to the list of hunting seasons here:

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=576240&mode=2
 

Very good article Philip. Its most certainly something that anyone hitting the trail should be very well aware of. 

 Ahhhhhhhhhhh..............if PETA only had a clue.  All they would have to do is capture all the Deer, Elk, Bear,  and any other animal that is hunted and then just dye them orange.  Then where would we be?  ;-}}>

1:31 p.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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Great to see this article hear.  At first surprised, but in a pleasant way. I will read it very soon. Makes sense for everyone to get home safely.

1:45 p.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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apeman said:

 Ahhhhhhhhhhh..............if PETA only had a clue.  All they would have to do is capture all the Deer, Elk, Bear,  and any other animal that is hunted and then just dye them orange.  Then where would we be?  ;-}}>

 Hehe, its probably not true, but I've heard they did that to some whitetails a few years ago, and all of them were quickly spotted and shot. 

3:07 p.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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A timely reminder indeed!  In order to balance the responsibility, we have these signs posted around my workplace trails, as well as the PGC signs, pictured above.


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3:42 p.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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That's great that they post signs in certain areas.  I wish they'd do that here.  Usually we know that it's hunting season when we hear rifle shots.  There's a patchwork quilt of zones, special hunts, etc.  One hiking area might be "in season" while another a few miles away may not.

I've been looking for a bright orange wide brimmed hat, like the one in the rather silly photo below.

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Haven't found one I like yet.

HJ

3:50 p.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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Hey HJ, the guy in that photo looks like my cousin... seriously. He is into firearms bigtime. 

Since we are on the whole hunting thing....

Is it just me or have ya ever wondered what people were shooting at in the early hours of the morning. You know like when the sun was about to come up but its still dark?

I almost got blown out of a tree stand years back when I was an avid hunter. The bullet ripped the bark off the tree about a foot above my head. 

4:53 p.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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So Phil, Is that you in the photo, and are you posing like a deer? You know, like the Allstate Mayhem guy ;)

7:12 p.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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Jim, that's simply a knit cap worn over a camouflage boonie.  Orange wide brimmed hats are available at almost any outfitter or big-box department store.  Nice shot, by the way. In what part of the country was this photo taken?

9:23 p.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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Thanks for the tip; I feel safer already!

11:23 p.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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Yipes, Rick!  That was a close call. 

Yes, I do wonder what they're shooting at sometimes -- especially when I hear shots coming fairly close together from different directions.  There's no way that deer are popping up all over the place that quickly.  Widely interspersed shots make sense, but shots all over the place?  C'mon. 

HJ

11:27 p.m. on November 2, 2011 (EDT)
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f_klock,

That photo is just one I saw on the internet.  I just liked the vivid orange the guy was wearing.   I don't know where the photo was taken.

And you're right.  He is just wearing a knit cap over a boonie.  I need to have my eyes checked.

Most of the orange hats I've seen are baseball style caps.  I'm interested in something with a bit more sun protection.  Cabelas has one, but it's not a particularly bright orange.

HJ

1:31 a.m. on November 3, 2011 (EDT)
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http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/506574?qs=3006425_pmd_google

http://www.cabelas.com/headwear-gloves.shtml

10 secs and two choices.  Imagine what you will find in 10 minutes

Let me Google that for you, try this link,

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=orange+blaze+sun+hat

8:23 a.m. on November 3, 2011 (EDT)
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No - that's a buddy of mine. I look like the guy in my profile picture.

4:55 p.m. on November 3, 2011 (EDT)
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http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/506574?qs=3006425_pmd_google http://www.cabelas.com/headwear-gloves.shtml

10 secs and two choices. Imagine what you will find in 10 minutes

Well, thank you for trying, but none of those are really blaze orange sun hats. They have a GoreTex one that would do for colder weather, but GoreTex is a poor choice for hot weather. Most of the choices are heavier material (more for cooler weather) or just baseball caps.

Let me Google that for you, try this link,

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=orange+blaze+sun+hat

Hey! That's pretty cool. Still no decent blaze orange sun hats though. 10,000 baseball caps, but no sun hats. :(

HJ

5:02 p.m. on November 3, 2011 (EDT)
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5:11 p.m. on November 3, 2011 (EDT)
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You could buy a Tilly, one of the white ones and dye it orange.  Just a thought.

http://www.tilley.com/Hats-Men.aspx

You can find Tilley hats one eBay for much, much cheaper.  They have a lifetime warranty and life time replacment warranty as well.  I don't know how they would feel about your dye job however.

 

Rit Dye Rit Dye Powder-Sunshine Orange 

  http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPM649417603P?sid=IDx20070921x00003a&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=SPM649417603 

 

Make sure you rince your hat out well before wearing.  I once dyed a hat and wore it soon after only to have a black ring on my forehead.  Branded myself for a while until it wore off, it was rather silly.  Lesson learned.                                                                                              

 

5:15 p.m. on November 3, 2011 (EDT)
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Hi, Rick,

Thanks.  That's a good one although I'm not fond of canvas -- I sweat too much.

I actually think I see what  I want (below).  Just plain cloth.
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Now, for people who are really worried about hunting season:


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HJ

10:39 a.m. on January 8, 2012 (EST)
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I hunt and have all the necessary orange clothing. I was going through some thick brush when I heard a gunshot at close range and a bullet whiz through the brush I was in. Unfortunately not all hunters make sure of what they shoot at. Some take sound shots. They can't see what they are shooting at but they know something is there because they can hear it.

Adding sound to your trips will help during hunting season. Try talking to your conrades or wearing bells. Much like bear avoidance. Of course bright colors help.

6:40 p.m. on February 1, 2012 (EST)
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gonzan said:

apeman said:

 Ahhhhhhhhhhh..............if PETA only had a clue.  All they would have to do is capture all the Deer, Elk, Bear,  and any other animal that is hunted and then just dye them orange.  Then where would we be?  ;-}}>

 Hehe, its probably not true, but I've heard they did that to some whitetails a few years ago, and all of them were quickly spotted and shot. 

 LOL

12:15 a.m. on February 2, 2012 (EST)
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My favorite seasons are fall and winter. There is a reason I embrace Patagonia's love of the florescent Orange/Green color scheme.

-MG

9:07 a.m. on February 2, 2012 (EST)
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campingwithcharlie said:

I hunt and have all the necessary orange clothing. I was going through some thick brush when I heard a gunshot at close range and a bullet whiz through the brush I was in. Unfortunately not all hunters make sure of what they shoot at. Some take sound shots. They can't see what they are shooting at but they know something is there because they can hear it.

Adding sound to your trips will help during hunting season. Try talking to your conrades or wearing bells. Much like bear avoidance. Of course bright colors help.

 As a hunter, that makes me really angry. If I ever do hear someone talking about taking a "Brush Shot" or a "Rustle Shot" they are going to get an earful. 

11:40 a.m. on February 2, 2012 (EST)
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As they should.  Brush shots are totally irresponsible.  Honestly, if someone took a "brush shot" at me, I'd feel like firing back.

HJ
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11:51 a.m. on February 2, 2012 (EST)
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This shouldn't happen not just because it puts other people in danger, but because it is completely irresponsible as a sportsman. If you are not certain of being able to make clean and accurate placement, you should NEVER attempt it. Participating in the food chain is not cruel or unethical, negligently wounding and animal so that it suffers for days or weeks, however, most definitely is. Firing at something that you can't even see should never be done, under any circumstances. 

7:28 a.m. on February 3, 2012 (EST)
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