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Hunting Season - Watch Out!

Postby TriHard » Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:15 am

I spent last weekend backpacking the north fork of Big Pine Creek. Very beautiful!!! Saturday I set out to explore the other lakes in the area and as I was treking along a little used trail I ran into a guy dressed to the hilt in camo gear carrying a high powered rifle with scope. It turns out it was opening day of the deer season. Later in the day I ran across two more hunters. This was very unnerving; backpacking in a wilderness area and then running into hunters. When I picked up my permit in Lone Pine on Friday, the rangers said nothing about deer season. Anyway... WATCH OUT!!!
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Re: Hunting Season - Watch Out!

Postby windknot » Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:38 pm

I spent last weekend in Woodchuck Country and drove past a bunch of camps along a forest service road in the area, along with two at the road end we used as a jump-off point. Only ran into one hunter while in the backcountry though, and that was at the nearest lake. Made sure to wear lots of reflective tape!

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Re: Hunting Season - Watch Out!

Postby giantbrookie » Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:44 pm

Yes, this is always a consideration in fall. As a general rule, I always study the DFG hunting regs each year and avoid opening weekend in any one zone on my fall trips. One can always find a spot in the Sierra where it isn't opening weekend. In addition, once the season has opened, I always wear dayglo clothing with reflective tape on it (usually a dayglo orange hat and a dayglo orange vest with reflective tape over my usual clothes).
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Hunting Season - Watch Out!

Postby rightstar76 » Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:35 am

I won't go hiking in the national forest when people are out shooting. I will stick to the national parks. A couple years ago when we came out from Seville Lake to Sunset Meadow in October what a surprise we were in for! A bunch of young guys waving their rifles in the air. Then pow! pow! pow! Not a way to end a backpacking trip. I had forgotten that the first three miles of the trail are in the national forest, not the park. Since then, I've stuck to Lodgepole after the season begins.
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