Hunting Week Safety Tips
Reminders for Trail Users:
1) Stay Informed. Stay updated on hunting seasons and dates in the area you are planning to hike. Before heading out, make sure to check the Ontario Hunting Regulations for any closures or specific information.
2) Be Visible. It is important to wear bright colours such as hunter orange or other bright jackets, scarves, or hats to increase your visibility to hunters. Avoid wearing colours such as beige, brown, white, or green, which can blend in with the surroundings. Additionally, make sure that your pets are on a leash and wearing brightly colored collars, bandanas, vests, or sweaters.
3) Make Noise. As you hike, make sure to make noise by talking, whistling, or carrying a bell. This will help alert hunters of your presence and reduce the chances of accidental encounters.
4) Plan Accordingly. If possible, consider rescheduling your hike to another week or relocating to an urban trail where hunting is not permitted. This will ensure your safety and allow hunters to pursue their activities undisturbed.
Reminders for Hunters:
1) Respect Other Users. Hunters should always avoid areas with active trail use and be aware that they may be sharing the forest with other hikers, runners, or outdoor enthusiasts. Be mindful of the presence of others and give them ample space.
2) Prioritize Safety. It is crucial to avoid hunting during times of limited visibility, such as foggy or low-light conditions. This will ensure a safer hunting experience and reduce the chances of misidentification.
3) Follow Regulations. Adhere to all hunting regulations, including bag limits, licensing requirements, and specific rules for the area you are hunting in. Respect wildlife conservation efforts and contribute to maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
4) Communicate Responsibly. Use appropriate methods to signal your presence to non-hunting trail users, such as using a whistle or announcing your presence audibly. Be considerate of others’ enjoyment of the outdoors as well.
Remember, by being aware and considerate of each other’s activities, both trail users and hunters can safely share the natural environment.