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Offline Sean M. Johns

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hiking in deer achery season?
« on: September 26, 2016, 12:08:47 PM »
I'm am planning a trip to Zaleski , in mid Oct. Just wondering if I should be concerned. I'm also a hunter, but not on this trip. I probably should not worry about it. I would think most hunters would not be close to the backpacking trail. I know I wouldn't set up anywhere near a popular trail.

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Re: hiking in deer achery season?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2016, 12:20:08 PM »
Worried? I wouldn't say "worried." But caution is always wise. I've hiked at Zaleski during hunting season before, and never had any issues. One time, I did come across a trio of bow-hunters that had recently bagged a buck, and they had apparently dragged it onto the backpack trail for some reason which I didn't inquire about, and will never know... but they nodded, and I walked on by, offering them a brief congratulations as I passed. That was the end of my encounter with them.

I would agree with your thoughts that most hunters would steer clear of the trails, but depending on the density of foliage, it might be easy to not realize they're near a trail. But the constant noise (rather than the intermittent pattern of most animals) of a hiker's pace would hopefully tip off any hunter that you're a human, and not a deer.

A simple bright orange bandana, hat, strip of cloth, etc. would be a wise thing to bring along with you and have in plain sight while you hike.

I know it's not much, but I hope that helps a bit.
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Re: hiking in deer achery season?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2016, 12:34:42 PM »
Sorry to tell you this, there are lots of bow hunters at Zaleski. It is not uncommon to see them hiking the backpack trails, to get back into some spot deep in the woods. You would hope they are aware of hikers and don't have the trails in back of their field of fire, but ...

So, I would wear bright clothing, at least a bright hat. Think about making noise as you hike - each time you top a hill, shouting out "hiker on the trail". Or maybe bring a music player, one of those little bluetooth speakers, and play songs on your phone while hiking. I would guess there is little chance to be hit, but it happens every year. According to this person, 18 incident reports for Bow Hunters in 2009, 55% were tree stand related. (I'm guessing it is possible  you can get hit by a hunter falling out of a tree).

http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1371160

Here is a post where I talk about the tree stand just outside camp H (now camp3).

http://www.bpo-forum.com/forum/index.php/topic,1331.msg5136.html#msg5136
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Re: hiking in deer achery season?
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2016, 11:46:08 PM »
While it's true that you should wear bright colors, it's also true that hunters have an amazing safety record. Thousands and thousands of hunters hunt every year, and many years have had NO fatalities. Compare those odds to walking the streets of Chicago.
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Re: hiking in deer achery season?
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2016, 10:21:34 AM »
http://www.nssf.org/NewsRoom/releases/show.cfm?PR=120511.cfm&path=2011

Saw this on their site: "The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry." I'll leave that without comment.

Just looking at the raw numbers doesn't really tell the whole story. I look at it like plane vs. car crashes. You're far less likely to be in a plane crash than in a car crash, but far less likely to survive a plane crash than a car crash. Yes, getting shot by a hunter is less likely than getting in a car crash on the way to the trailhead, but chances you'll survive a gunshot wound in the backcountry are pretty slim. Wearing a blaze orange hat isn't a bad idea, though with bowhunters, I would think they'd be less likely to shoot you accidentally, since the range is so much less than with a shotgun or rifle, so they'd be less likely to misidentify their target.
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Re: hiking in deer achery season?
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2016, 08:03:14 PM »
There is no rifle season for deer in Ohio. The range of the shotgun isn't much greater than a bow. I think hunters have an amazing safety record. It is a good idea to wear orange however
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