Hunting Season Safety

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“Be Safe, Be Seen” on Your Outdoor Adventures During Fall and Winter Hunting Seasons

A reminder to recreation enthusiasts that many parks, forests, and nature preserves allow hunting and trapping in designated periods

Go Finger Lakes would like to encourage all outdoor lovers to be especially mindful of safety during the fall and winter hunting seasons.  Each location profile on Go Finger Lakes includes a link to the managing organization – whether it be the Finger Lakes Land Trust, a New York State agency, or a nature center – and visitors should consult that agency for hunting information BEFORE EACH OUTING.

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Wear Blaze Orange

Please see this November 2018 alert from New York State:  DEC and State Parks Remind Outdoor Enthusiasts that Hunting and Trapping Seasons are Open.

We share excerpts here:

DEC encourages every outdoor enthusiast to wear blaze orange, pink, or another bright color, especially during fall and winter.  Doing so will allow these individuals to be seen more easily and from greater distances.

‘Data from hunting-related shooting incidents show us that hunters that wear hunter orange are seven times safer,’ Commissioner Seggos said. ‘If it makes sense for hunters, it makes sense for other outdoor enthusiasts as well.’

In addition, wearing blaze orange or pink or another bright color also makes it easier to be found by a Forest Ranger, Environmental Conservation Police Officer, or other rescue personnel if visitors become lost, sick, or injured while afield.  Pet owners are encouraged to dress dogs, as well.

Dogs should wear blaze orange or pink or another bright color too, and stay leashed at all times.

Trapping seasons for many species including fox and coyote are open throughout the fall and early winter; traps set for these species can also capture dogs that are not under control.  Keeping dogs on a leash is safer for the dog, for other people, and gives pet owners peace of mind.

Hikers should be aware that they may meet hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment while hiking on trails.  Hikers are encouraged to recognize that these are fellow outdoor recreationists with the legal right to participate in these activities on Forest Preserve and Conservation Easement lands.  Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare.

Also on the DEC web site:  Hunting Seasons, Trapping Seasons, Hunting Safety.  Learn more about Statewide Hunting Regulations in NY State Parks and the Policy on Possession of an Unloaded Firearm for the Purpose of Accessing Adjacent Lands for Lawful Hunting Purposes.

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