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Would you take a walk outside during deer hunting season??

post #1 of 25
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Since November 6th I have been taking morning walks at about 7 am for 35 minutes. I live in a semi-rural area. Well Satursay started the gun deer season thru Nov 26th. There are hunters along the route I take. I have a bright orange pullover that I can wear. Since the weather still is mild I would like to continue walking outside as long as possible. Would you do so in these conditions??
post #2 of 25
As long as I had Blaze Orange, yes I would.
I would stay on the road though.
post #3 of 25
Oh gosh Gail, I don't know.......just be careful!
post #4 of 25
Don't wear black, green or brown and you should be okay. Wear bright colors. I walk during hunting season all the time.
post #5 of 25
I also whistle when I walk.Which is VERY rare for me.
Do you have the law that they can't shoot from the road?Meaning, they have to be in the field/woods to shoot them.
If not, then NO I wouldn't walk.But, if yes, then I would feel safe.
post #6 of 25
PLEASE DON'T! A woman was killed in the area a little while ago because she had gone out walking where there was hunting. http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/CityandR...89193-sun.html She didn't realize the season had started. She was wearing a RED coat, which is pretty visable. The hunter has been charged, but IT HAPPENED. Even an orange vest is no guarantee.....I wouldn't chance it. Is there another route you can take?
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
Since November 6th I have been taking morning walks at about 7 am for 35 minutes. I live in a semi-rural area. Well Satursay started the gun deer season thru Nov 26th. There are hunters along the route I take. I have a bright orange pullover that I can wear. Since the weather still is mild I would like to continue walking outside as long as possible. Would you do so in these conditions??
While wearing a bright orange vest, yes.
post #8 of 25
Wear Orange and do not put your hair in a pony tail wear a orange hat
post #9 of 25
I also live in a rural area. Deer season opened here the 1st of Oct and ends the last Saturday of the month.Deer hunters walk across my lawn to go up into the woods behind my house. I wear orange to just go out into my yard! I hear guns going off all day long.
Wearing orange will alert hunters to the fact that your not a deer! But most hunting accident at least around here aren't people being shot at. But from stray bullets that have missed their targets (the deer). I too like to take morning walks. But this time of year I don't dare. Orange clothes on or not.
post #10 of 25
We do at the cottage during hunting season - just wear something bright and try to stay to roads / open areas where it is clear that you are a person

Maybe walking during 'quiet times' would help
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by gardenandcats View Post
Wearing orange will alert hunters to the fact that your not a deer! But most hunting accident at least around here aren't people being shot at. But from stray bullets that have missed their targets (the deer). I too like to take morning walks. But this time of year I don't dare. Orange clothes on or not.
Thats what I would be afraid of.
post #12 of 25
Um, I wouldn't. I am terrified of guns..
post #13 of 25
Thread Starter 
I don't have a orange hat but could buy one. The other thing I could do is drive to my local town which is a couple of miles away and walk on the sidewalks. I think the days one has to worry about is Sat & Sunday.
And I always have orange on outside this time of year and you hear guns firing all the time and a bullet can travel pretty far.
post #14 of 25
When I was younger I would have just put on my orange clothes and taken a walk, but now days the hunters are a lot less careful or respectful so I don't think I would. Try walking later in the morning after the hunters move out and stay to the road and open areas where you can see for a long way all around. Don't ever assume that the hunters can see you.
post #15 of 25
I'm a little nervous about that. A lady was killed a few weeks ago by a deer hunter, she was wearing a bright red sweater.

When i was out one year doing field work during deer hunting season we weren't allowed to be out on any public land during that time. But even when you were in the provincial parks...would would try to get as deep into the park as possible as hunters LOVE to shoot right on the boundaries of parks and protected areas. I would flinch and duck everytime I heard a shot!!! NEVER AGAIN!!!
post #16 of 25
Are you waling along the road Gail? Or in the woods? I would be leary in the woods, but if your walking on a road you should be fine. But keep with the bright orange pull over! We don't want anything to happen to you! (and good for you for walking everyday! I'm very proud of you, you are an inspiration-as always! )
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
The other thing I could do is drive to my local town which is a couple of miles away and walk on the sidewalks. I think the days one has to worry about is Sat & Sunday.
That sounds like a much safer plan.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by crittermom View Post
I also whistle when I walk.Which is VERY rare for me.
Do you have the law that they can't shoot from the road?Meaning, they have to be in the field/woods to shoot them.
If not, then NO I wouldn't walk.But, if yes, then I would feel safe.
Only trouble with that is sometimes when you're in the woods and you are all excited about a deer you can get turned around. I do not go walking during hunting season unless I walk to my barn no hunters that way. This year my dad had to go run some people off our land, they were hunting on the land next to us, they were shooting at a deer and shooting directly into the field my horses are in. My uncle came running and told us and dad said I knew that sounded close. So I would advise maybe going to a park walking because they don't always pay attention you know if people can shoot towards a farmers house and horses they will shoot towards the road if they see that buck or doe that they want.
post #19 of 25
I'd say as long as you feel safe doing it (I.e. sticking close the road and wearing a bright orange something), then go for it. You know your area better than we do, so you would know how many people hunt in your area and how close they normally stay.

Oh and make sure Dick Cheney isn't hunting in the same area. Then you'll be fine.
post #20 of 25
You know this is all based on the assumption that they don't give guns to color blind hunters.

I don't know if I trust that assumption.
post #21 of 25
I'm not able to walk very far, but I live in the heart of downtown so I would walk in the day but not at night, not out of fear of deer hunters, but out of fear of street gangs and really mean people.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Sibohan2005 View Post
You know this is all based on the assumption that they don't give guns to color blind hunters.

I don't know if I trust that assumption.
My father was colour blind and he was an avid hunter and fisherman. And he didn't once shoot a person

EDIT: Ooops, forgot about that nifty multi quote... sorry
post #23 of 25
I think it would depend on who is hunting in the area. If the local land owners give permission to anyone who asks, no I probably wouldn't. There are some real idiots out there. But, I know where my father hunts, the land owners are very picky about who they let on their land. Many time (most times, actually) he and his party are the only people hunting there because the ranchers/farmers know that he is responsible and careful. They know they won't have to worry about him cutting their fences or shooting their livestock or shooting at their homes.

I would also say that if you can, go walking in the later morning (after 9:30-10:00 or around noon would be preferable) and definitely NOT right around dawn and dusk. Deer bed down during the day time hours (unless a storm is coming), so hunters generally won't see anything to shoot at during the mid-day hours. Deer are most active right around dusk and dawn and of course that's also when light conditions aren't condusive to seeing longer distances (or idiots looking beyond what they are shooting at, and those are the idiots who miss their shots and hurt people).
post #24 of 25
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I usually walk early but I think tomorrow it will be somewhere else (that is if my foot feels better) I walk on the road but one never knows about hunter aim.
While waking in the woods today cutting pine boughs and such I must have startled a deer-didn't really go looking for it though!! And I heard lots of "target practice" but no one was on our 79 acres and my BIL has the 94 acres on the other side (where I was cutting) and no one should be there hunting either.
post #25 of 25
When we lived in New Hampshire, during the hunting season, we would only let out horses out between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. The minute the shadows started to form, in they went. During the summer we could leave them out 24/7. Not during hunting season. On wag up the road a bit painted the word "COW" in white paint on his black cow. Didn't make any difference, it got shot and killed anyway.

We were afraid to take the dog out for a walk early in the morning dressed in bright orange and red.

Don't take the chance.
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