Be mindful when hiking this hunting season

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FILE—Deer season provides great opportunities for hunters, but can be dangerous for hikers.

FILE—Deer season provides great opportunities for hunters, but can be dangerous for hikers.

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With hunting season already in swing and rifle season starting next month, outdoor recreation will be a little more dangerous.

Michigan has an abundance of outdoor recreation areas and hiking trails, but many of them are either adjacent to hunting areas or allow hunting within the parks or trails. Many state parks allow hunting on their premises, however there are some that don’t. For a complete map of which parks allow these different activities, visit the Mi-HUNT map.

Hunting is also allowed on all National Park, Shoreline, and Forest properties in Michigan. The National Parks Service suggests wearing visible orange clothing or bright colors to stay visible to hunters as well as staying on designated trails.

County parks have individual restrictions and may or may not allow hunting. To learn more, check with your local county park system.

Good resources to pay attention to are local privately owned conservancy organizations. Oftentimes they have tighter regulations on where hunting is allowed. Some of these include the Leelanau Conservancy in Northern Michigan, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, Mid-Michigan Land Conservancy or Lapeer Land Conservancy.

Deer hunting season will be open until Jan. 1 of 2022 for most Michigan counties. While visiting these parks, individual park pass rates still apply.