Autumn is a wonderful time to take a stroll on the Appalachian Trail during "leaf peeping season." Autumn is also open season for hunters in the vicinity of the Appalachian Trail (AT). You can lessen the danger by following a few safety tips for hikers during hunting season.
No one is stupid enough (probably) to walk into the line of fire at a shooting range. At least, not twice. Unfortunately, when you're hiking along many portions of the AT, the forest hides many hunters stalking their prey on foot, in tree stands and in concealed blinds. They're waiting and listening, adrenaline pumping, for any sounds of activity.
If you're wearing colors that blend into the scenery and walking quietly, the truth is you might be confused as a target, not a hiker.
None of this is intended to frighten you out of the forest. We want you to be safe from threats of all kinds. We want you to be wise as you walk your walk.
Our friends at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) have posted safety tips for hikers during hunting season on their website.
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Hikers during hunting season are advised to wear a bright orange hat, vest, shirt or coat, and to protect their dogs similarly.
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