Is Hunting Allowed on EPIC Trails?

We recently received the following e-mail:

“I want to take my new horse out this weekend on the Breezy Loop and Little Bucklodge Branch Creek Trail. I know deer hunting season is opening, and I am wondering if hunters are allowed there.”

The short answer is, yes. During hunting season, hunters are allowed in the areas through which the EPIC trails run.

EPIC board member Naomi Manders offers the following advice:
“I don’t worry about the hunters, but I try to avoid messing up their sport by riding between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with dawn and dusk being the times most deer are taken. Bow hunters have to be very close to take a shot, and they do know what a horse looks like. I do have concerns about hunters camouflaged in trees as they can spook horses. Keep your eyes peeled, and if your horse seems to sense someone, give a holler.”

As an extra safety precaution, we recommend you outfit yourself and/or your horse (and any canine companions, if applicable) with blaze orange safety equipment, such as a vest, helmet cover, polo wraps or similar. One source for these items is Protectavest (not an endorsement, just a reference).

Here is the information on white-tailed deer firearms season for 2010-2011:

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Region B white-tailed deer firearms season 2010-2011