Visiting your local park during hunting season can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. In Pennsylvania, nearly all of the state parks have designated hunting lands totaling over four million acres. Since peak hunting season overlaps with Thanksgiving when many families are enjoying the outdoors together, it is extra important to be aware of the dangers. Every year, there are accidents involving hunters and hikers who are unaware of each other’s presence in the same area. In order to avoid any potential problems, it is important to follow a few simple guidelines.
- One of the most important things you can do to stay safe is to make sure you are visible to hunters. Wearing bright colors or fluorescent orange will help ensure that you are seen by those around you. This will help reduce the chances of an accident occurring.
- As always, it’s important to leave no trace behind. That means picking up all of your trash, including any wrappers. If you see any litter while you’re out and about, please do your part to pick it up and dispose of it properly. By keeping our parks clean, both humans and animals can enjoy them for years to come.
- Also, make sure you are obeying all park signage. Hunting areas should be clearly marked and completely separate from recreational facilities.
If you are planning on hunting yourself, you may be considering deer. It’s one of the most popular hunting activities in Pennsylvania and it helps maintain healthy state parks by managing the deer population. Regardless of what you set out to hunt, make sure you have a current Pennsylvania hunting license from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Other tips to keep in mind:
- Be sure to keep your gun unloaded until you are ready to shoot. This will help ensure the safety of those around you and prevent any accidents.
- If you are carrying your gun in a case, be sure that the case is properly secured so that the gun cannot be discharged accidentally.
- Always be aware of your surroundings and be sure to look out for other hunters, hikers, and picnickers. Be respectful of those who are already using recreational space.
By following these simple guidelines, you can help make hunting season a safe and enjoyable time for all.
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