Safe Hiking During Hunting Season

Hike safely during hunting season in Tupper Lake 

About to embark on a fall hike? Great! While the trails are extra beautiful this time of year, it’s important to be aware of who you’re sharing the trails with. During our most colorful transition period in the Adirondacks, hunting season also takes place across the regions. When it comes to enjoying nature during hunting season, safety is paramount. We've got you covered with essential tips and information that will ensure your hikes are peaceful and risk-free.

Hiking during hunting season safety tips 

The well-being of both hikers and hunters depends on everyone recreating safely. This time of year brings unique challenges and risks that require careful consideration and adherence to safety measures. Here's what to know before you go: 

  • Know the season: Be aware of hunting seasons and regulations in your area.

  • Wear bright colors: Dress in blaze orange or other highly visible colors to be seen by hunters.

  • Stay on trails: Stick to established hiking trails to avoid wandering into hunting zones.

  • Make noise: Be vocal and use a bell or whistle to alert hunters to your presence.

  • Avoid dusk/dawn: Hike during daylight hours and avoid early morning or late evening when hunting is more common.

  • Pets leashed: Keep pets on a leash and in bright colors.

  • Communication: Inform someone of your hiking plans and expected return time.

  • Respect hunters: Be courteous to hunters you encounter and avoid disrupting their activities.

  • Research: Check local hunting maps and websites for specific rules and areas to avoid.

Hikers and hunters alike can enjoy the Tupper Lake trails together! Being aware of who you’re sharing the trails with can keep everyone safe and on their merry way to exploring the region with ease. Explore nature with confidence, knowing you have the knowledge and resources to stay safe during hunting season. For more information on safe hiking, visit our hiking page. 

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Hiking in the Adirondacks

Explore our trails

An authentic Adirondack experience is not complete without spending some quality time on the trail, and Tupper Lake has a range of hiking options for adventurers of all ages and abilities. Discover scenic waterfalls on a rolling multi-use trail, climb to a mountaintop with amazing 360-degree panoramic views, and explore everything in-between. 

  • Take an easy walk along the nature trails at The Wild Center, located right in Tupper Lake.

  • Grab a bite to-go from one of Tupper Lake's many options for take-out and explore the continuously growing network of shared-use James C. Frenette Sr. recreational trails.

  • Challenge yourself to the Tupper Lake Triad hiking challenge — three family-friendly peaks that boast stellar panoramic views of the Adirondacks. 

Hike safely during hunting season 

Hiking during the fall season is a magical time to catch colorful foliage and enjoy the trails. However, fall also brings with it hunting season in the Adirondacks. During this time, hunters may also be out and about in our shared outdoors. It's important to stay alert and know who you’re on the trails with. Always prioritize safety during hunting season to enjoy your hike without incidents. We know how essential it is to prepare for your next hiking trip during hunting season, and we've come prepared with all the info you need! For more guidance on hunting zones, dates, and times, visit the NYS DEC website to learn more.

Love Your ADK

By taking the Love Your Adirondacks Pledge and practicing Leave No Trace ethics you can help ensure that the forests, waterways, and communities of the Adirondacks remain beautiful and unique for generations to come. To be best prepared, be sure to pack hiking essentials!

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