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Hiking firearms season

Postby fishfly » Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:49 pm

We may have made a planning error for this weekend.

The plan was base camp at Braddock Lake, Slack pack to there on Saturday.

Will spend the night there and leave for CC TH on Sunday AM .

How bad is the hunting pressure along the trail in that area.

Would be unsafe to be in this area of the trail in MTNF?

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Re: Hiking firearms season

Postby Jim » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:38 pm

I am not sure about pressure. I would definitely be wearing an orange vest and hat while in the woodlands of Missouri this weekend. If it's mandatory for hunters...it would make sense that it would be mandatory for all other users. Better to be safe than tagged and field dressed.

Maybe this is the weekend you check out a large state park land that does not allow hunting.... I am thinking this is your weekend to hike Taum Sauk to JSI and back?

https://mostateparks.com/page/55063/law ... egulations

Best of luck. Colors were peaking last weekend.
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Re: Hiking firearms season

Postby bikehikefish » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:57 pm

I stay out of the woods during firearms deer season, for personal safety and to give hunters the space, especially on opening weekend. Like Jim said, a state park may be a good alternative.
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Re: Hiking firearms season

Postby LindaC » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:06 pm

I Hiked aroujd the Eleven Point last week. Some shooting going on. I was wearing orange vest and hat. My dog also had orange on. According to the law you must wear orange gear during hunting season. Be careful out there.
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Re: Hiking firearms season

Postby fishfly » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:03 am

A successful trek. Shared Braddock lake with a group of hunters.
Never encountered a single orange hunter along the way.
There where several other hikers out on the trail.
We did wait Saturday and Sunday until 10 am to star on each leg.
Maybe that gave them time to be back at their camps.
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Re: Hiking firearms season

Postby Jim » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:51 am

I sure wish all of the hikers and bikers at Council Bluff Lake would have worn orange. I spoke to one hiker from out of state and he didn't realize it was hunt season, so that is understandable, but the others I am guessing didn't care.

It's very helpful to wear as it allows the hunter to see what may not be visible over a great distance. No it's not for the long shot it's for the remainder of the shot after the first 50 to 100 yards which is the typical hunt in Missouri. The 1/4 mile in the background becomes blurry to the hunter, the orange helps the eye pick up the other forest users and possibly not take that shot.
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