Be careful when hiking this hunting season



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

Shannon Tompkins / Houston Chronicle

With the hunting season already underway and the rifle season starting next month, outdoor recreation will be a bit more dangerous.

Michigan is full of outdoor recreation areas and hiking trails, but many of them are either adjacent to hunting areas or allow for hunting in parks or trails. Many state parks allow hunting on their premises, but some do not. For a complete map of the parks allowing these different activities, visit the Mi-HUNT map.

Hunting is also permitted on all properties in Michigan’s national parks, shores, and forests. 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 find out more, check with your local county park system.

Good resources to pay attention to are local private conservation organizations. Often they have stricter regulations on where hunting is allowed. Some of them include the Leelanau Conservancy in northern Michigan, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, the Mid-Michigan Land Conservancy, or the Lapeer Land Conservancy.

The deer hunting season will be open until January 1, 2022 for most counties in Michigan. When visiting these parks, the rates for individual park passes always apply.

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