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Hunting Season is upon us, my friends. I don’t know about you, but I would like to keep myself whole this season. So here are a few tips on how to make sure you aren’t mistaken as prey while hiking.
1. Wear bright colored clothing.
Hunters are always seen with a bright orange (hunter orange) vest, sweatshirt, or hat to let other hunters know that they are not animals. You don't have to wear hunter orange specifically, any neon, bright color will work. I am planning on finding a pair of neon pink pants for my hiking trips during hunting season!
2. Hike with a buddy.
Two or more people will be easier to identify as non-animal.
3. Make human noises
Talk, laugh, maybe even sing. Don't be obnoxiously loud, but make yourself loud enough to be identified as a human.
4. Stay on the trail!!
Going off the trail is not usually a good idea anyway, but it is really not a good idea during hunting season. Generally, hunters know the area they are hunting in. If they don't, then safety tip 1 and 2 should have you covered.
5. Be aware of your surroundings.
Don't leave it up to the hunter. Make sure you are aware of what is around you. It is good to know when hunting season is, and whether or not you’re in an area where hunting is allowed. If you’re not comfortable hiking in a hunting area, there are over 100 Washington State Parks where hunting is not allowed. Click the link to find out more about this year’s hunting season.WA Hunting Season Info.
6. Keep your dog on the leash!
No matter how well trained your dog is, he/she can easily be mistaken for a wild animal.
Keep it safe out there and enjoy nature!!