Tips for Trail Users During Hunting Season

Trail users need to be aware that hunting takes place in County Forests, conservation areas, Crown land, as well as on private land, with the permission of the property owner.

 

Deer hunting season in the Blue Mountains region is November 4 to November 9 and December 2 to December 7. Bow hunting is also permitted November 18 to November 23.

 

Trail users should feel comfortable using the outdoors at any time of the year, but in particular during the spring and fall you may want to consider taking some extra steps to ensure your time in the forest is enjoyable.

 

  • • Know the hunting seasons, dates and locations in your area.
  • • Wear bright colours such as orange (hat, vest, scarf, bandana) or put a brightly coloured marker on your backpack and on any pets or horses.
  • • Be aware that dawn and dusk are typical times when hunters are in the forest.
  • • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • • Stick to established trails and skip bushwhacking.
  • • Make noise so hunters will know you are on the trail.
  • • And finally, a good practice any time of the year: Let someone know where you are going, and when to expect you back.

Most fall hunting takes place between early September and mid December. You can find detailed information on the Ministry of Natural Resources website.

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