DEC Recreation Spotlight: Sharing Trails with Hunters & Trappers –

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Hunting and trapping season begins throughout New York State. These activities are enjoyed by many as forms of recreation and as a means of supporting their families. These activities can also benefit forest ecosystems by helping to maintain healthy animal populations while reducing nuisance wildlife problems and, in some cases, reducing wildlife disease transmission. Whether you’re a hunter, trapper, or just love being outside in the fall, learning how to share public lands with other users will keep you and other visitors safe.

recreation seekers and Hunter have an equal responsibility to protect each other during the hunting season. Hikers and cyclists are advised to dress in bright colors such as hunter orange, bring bright colors and bells to pets and equipment such as backpacks, bicycles and walking sticks, and keep pets on a leash to prevent roaming. Riders should dress horses in hunter’s orange and wear hunter’s orange when riding.

Whether you’re hiking in the High Peaks Wilderness or a remote part of the State Forest, Hunter have the same right to rest on public land as you. Avoid interference Hunter and trappers. Stay up or around hiking trails and give Hunter Place. Do not attempt to startle game, sabotage a hunt or tamper with traps and never harass Hunter or trapper. This is not only disrespectful, but also illegal. Be aware you might encounter Hunter carrying firearms, bows or crossbows hiking trails or at campsites.

Hunting and trapping are legal activities that are vital to wildlife management. Additionally, the sale of hunting licenses and equipment funds important wildlife research and surveys, as well as the acquisition and maintenance of many of the public lands we all enjoy. So please be respectful Hunter, trappers and all other government land users. Visit DECCheck out the website for more safety tips before venturing into the woods this hunting and trapping season.

Photo above: DEC photo.